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– Rhapsody in Blue on 1930s Radio – 100th Anniversary | Phantom Dancer

Rhapsody in Blue is a 1924 musical composition written by George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band. It premiered at Aeolian Hall NYC on 12 February 1924, 100 years and one day ago today, and for that reason its your Phantom Dancer feature this week. Commissioned by bandleader Paul Whiteman, the famous opening clarinet glissando has become as instantly recognizable to concert audiences as the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Listen…

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– Billie Holiday Inspired by Louis Armstrong | Phantom Dancer

Billie Holiday was an American singer. Around 1927 she first heard the records of Louis Armstrong and she cited his “West End Blues” as an influence, saying the scat vocal duet with the clarinet was her favorite part. You can hear Louis Armstrong performing ‘West End Blues’ for her and dedicating ‘Kiss to Build a Dream On’ to her in a 1952 KCBS San Francisco broadcast in one of the videos on this page. Billie Holiday is your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week.

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– Hans Rehmstedt 1940-42 German Swing – Phantom Dancer

Hans Rehmstedt was a 1930s-40s German swing band leader and violinist. He is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. He recorded some moody atmospheric sides in the late 30s- early 40s, some of which you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer Listen here…

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– Jack Hylton: Britsh King of Jazz | Phantom Dancer

Jack Hylton was an English pianist, composer, band leader and impresario. Called the “British King of Jazz” and “The Ambassador of British Dance Music” because of his worldwide popularity, unusually large ensembles and polished arrangements. After 1940 he became a successful theatrical businessman. He’s your Phantom Dancer feature artist…

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– George Olsen | Phantom Dancer

George Olsen, was a U.S musician and bandleader. He was most popular in the years 1924-35, beginning with his recording of ‘The Hottest Man in Town’ becoming a hit. He’s your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week. Listen…

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– New Year’s Eve Radio | Phantom Dancer

Happy New Year! Enjoy this New Year’s mix of swing and jazz from 1930s-50s New Year Radio. And marvel at how Wynn the Astrologer on his live-to-air 1936 radio predictions got 1937 so wrong. Listen…

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– Freddie Rich – Academy Award Winning Band Leader

Freddie Rich, born in Poland, was a US pianist and band leader who lead dance bands then jazz bands in the 1920s, radio bands in the 1930s, and movie studio bands in the 1940s-50s.  Freddie Rich was co-writer of the song ‘I’m Just Wild About Animal Crackers’. He’s your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week. Listen…

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– Hills 100th Anniversary Show

“We recently booked the Greg Poppleton Band for our Hills Turns 100 Celebration at Hills Marketplace, Terrey Hills. A frequently heard comment at the end of the day was “great day….and the music was the best part!” Yes, Greg and his very talented band, and I mean VERY talented band, entertained and got people dancing […]

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– Shortwave Radio 1940

1940 Shortwave radio by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra from New York to Latin America is your Phantom Dancer Feature this week. And below are some relevant paragraphs on shortwave broadcasting taken from a 1942 article in ‘RCA Review’.

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– Bondi Pavilion

Transport yourself to the Roaring 20s with Australia’s exclusive genuine 1920s singer, Greg Poppleton, at Bondi Pavilion, in a one hour show.

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– Scrappy Lambert, 1920s-30s Best Named Singer

Harold ‘Scrappy’ Lambert was not a scrapper nor scrappy. He was a US dance band singer who recorded over 1,500 records between 1926 – 1931 as well as radio transcriptions and musical movie shorts.  He is your Phantom Dancer Feature Artist this week. Tune in…

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– W Lee O’Daniel 1930s Politician & Musician

W Lee O’Daniel was a Western Swing band leader, singer and composer, politician and this week’s Phantom Dancer Feature Artist. Also from 1944 on this PD, you’ll also hear beatnik word jazz man Ken Nordine as a CBS radio announcer in Chicago. Tune in…

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– The Revelers 1920s Radio Pioneers

The Revelers were an American quintet (four close harmony singers and a pianist) popular in the late 1920s and early 1930s. They made the first known record of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” in 1923 and are this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist…

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– Great Art Deco Ball 2024

Greg Poppleton returns by popular demand to the highlight of the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival – the Great Art Deco Ball – celebrating 14 years in 2024.

The Carrington Hotel, known for its Timeless Elegance, is holding the famous Art Deco Ball on Saturday 3th February 2024.

If you are looking for a night out with dinner, dancing and a dazzling Hollywood entertainment experience ‘1920’s style’ then you don’t want to miss the annual Great Art Deco Ball. Book now

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– Martin Denny ‘Father of Exotica’ – Phantom Dancer

Martin Denny was the Father of Exotica and is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. He was an American pianist, percussionist, composer and arranger writing and playing Lounge Music that  celebrated Tiki Culture. Read his story, see show play list here…

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– Support Community Radio 2SER Sydney – Phantom Dancer

2SER is having its radiothon. It’s your chance to win some great prizes when you subscribe or renew your subscription during The Phantom Dancer.

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The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

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– Lee Wiley, Cherokee Jazz Singer

Lee Wiley was a Cherokee jazz singer who broadcast on radio and recorded albums in the 1930s-50s. She is your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week. Choon in…

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– Adolf Steimel Swing & Movie Composer

Adolf Steimel was a German dance band leader, composer, organist and pianist. He is known for Wir machen Musik (1942), Herr Sanders lebt gefährlich (1944) and Einmaleins der Ehe (1949).
Hear him on this week’s Phantom Dancer…

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– Bop Singers Dave Lambert and Buddy Stewart Killed by Cars

Dave Lambert was an American jazz lyricist, singer, and an originator of vocalese. He was best known as a member of the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. Lambert spent a lifetime experimenting with the human voice and expanding the possibilities of its use within jazz.

Buddy Stewart (born Albert James Byrne Jr.) was an American jazz singer.

Both Lambert and Stewart were killed in car crashes (1966 & 1950 respectively)
Hear them on this week’s Phantom Dancer…

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– Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five – Phantom Dancer

Artie Shaw and his Gramercy Five was a jazz combo led by bandleader ‘King of the Clarinet’, swing band leader and composer, Artie Shaw. It’s this week’s Phantom Dancer feature. The Gramercy Five had different line-ups when it ran between 1940 and 1954. After his Australian tour in 1954, Shaw gave up clarinet and the Gramercy Five, saying he’d done all he could with it. Hear the 5 on this week’s Phantom Dancer…

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– US Vice President Charles G Dawes Writes Hit Pop Song

It’s All in the Game is a hit pop song and this week’s Phantom Dancer feature. It’s the only pop song written by a US Vice President and Nobel Prize laureate. His name is Charles G Dawes and he ended up hating the song. Hear it on this week’s Phantom Dancer…

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– Guy Lombardo: Louis Armstrong’s Favourite Band

Guy Lombardo Canadian and American bandleader of the ‘sweetest music this side of heaven’, violinist, hydroplane racer and leader of Louis Armstrong’s favourite orchestra is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. Hear him on this week’s Phantom Dancer…

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– Mary Lou Williams Piano Virtuoso – Phantom Dancer

Mary Lou Williams was a jazz pianist, arranger, composer and is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements and recorded more than one hundred records versions. She wrote and arranged for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and she was a mentor and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, and Dizzy Gillespie. Hear her on this week’s Phantom Dancer…

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– Charlie Christian Electric Guitar Pioneer

Charlie Christian is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. He was an American swing and jazz guitarist and a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. Hear him live on 1940 radio…

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– Hans Rehmstedt 1940-42 German Swing – Phantom Dancer

Hans Rehmstedt was a 1930s-40s German swing band leader and violinist. He is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. He recorded some moody atmospheric sides in the late 30s- early 40s, some of which you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer. Listen here…

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– Australian Jazz 1920s-50s – Phantom Dancer 13 June 2023

Australian Jazz 1930s-50s is your Phantom Dancer feature this week. I’ll be giving a talk on jazz in Sydney in the 1930s-50s as part of ‘Send for Nellie’ by playwright Alana Valentine about singer Nellie Small at the State Library of NSW 6-8pm, Thursday 15 June. TIX and More Info + Radio Show here

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