Greg Poppleton

21 May - Hear 1940s Jazz Harpsichord on this week's Phantom Dancer LISTEN


– Shortwave Broadcasting 1940 | Phantom Dancer

Shortwave broadcasting by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra from New York to Latin America in 1940 is your Phantom Dancer Feature this week. Hear the Tommy Dorsey Swing Orchestra broadcasting from New York in Spanish in 1942…

Shortwave Radio 1940
– 1940s Jazz Harpsichord – Phantom Dancer

Jazz Harpsichord first appeared around 1940 when pianist Johnny Guarnieri played harpsichord in swing band leader Artie Shaw’s quintet “Gramercy Five”. 1940s Jazz harpsichord, by Primo Angeli, Sylvia Marlowe (born Sapira) and Ernesto Romanoni, is your Phantom Dancer feature this week.

jazz harpsichord
– Private Party

Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s vocals with piano, double bass and alto sax playing vintage swing jazz for a private party.

Greg Poppleton Private Party
– Great Art Deco Ball

The Carrington Hotel Katoomba, known for its Timeless Elegance, is holding the famous Great Art Deco Ball on Saturday 8th March 2024. On the bandstand, playing 1920s jazz for dancing, will be Greg Poppleton, in a 15 year residency at the Art Deco Ball.

Art Deco Ball
– Boyd Raeburn’s Weird Swing – Phantom Dancer

Boyd Raeburn was an American jazz band leader, tenor and bass saxophonist. No major label wanted to record him because his arrangements were considered “too weird” for dancers. He’s your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week.

Boyd raeburn
– Happy 45 Years 2SER Radio – Phantom Dancer

2SER radio, Sydney Educational Radio, celebrates 45 years of continuous, quality broadcasting this year. The Phantom Dancer has been on 2SER for thirty-nine of those years. Jazz birthdays live on 1950s radio for Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan feature on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

– Gatsby – A Roaring Soiree

Immerse yourself in the opulence and glamour of “Gatsby: A Roaring Soiree”, a moment that resurrects the extravagant spirit of the Roaring 20s

gatsby soiree
– Marlene Dietrich – Singer and Activist – Phantom Dancer

Marie Magdalene “Marlene” Dietrich was a German and American actress and singer whose career spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s. She was known for her humanitarian efforts during World War II, housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and even advocating their American citizenship. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth greatest female screen legend of classic Hollywood cinema. She is your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week.

Marlene Dietrich
– Horrie Dargie – Harmonica Genius 2 – Phantom Dancer

Horrie Dargie was an Australian harmonica player and clarinetist, television compère (Personally Yours (1959), BP Super Show (1959–1962) and The Delo and Daly Show (1963–1964)), talent manager, music label founder (Go!! Records) and music arranger. His Horrie Dargie Quintet was awarded the first gold record in Australia for ‘Horrie Dargie Concert’ (1952). Horrie is your Phantom Dancer feature artist again this week.

horrie dargie
– Joe Liggins – The Honeydrippers – Phantom Dancer 19 March 2024

Joseph Christopher Liggins, Jr. was an American R’n’B, jazz and blues pianist and vocalist who led Joe Liggins and his Honeydrippers in the 1940s and 1950s. His band appeared often on the Billboard magazine charts. Joe Liggins was the older brother of R’n’B performer Jimmy Liggins. Joe is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

Joe Liggins
– Art Tatum – Jazz Piano Genius – Phantom Dancer

Art Tatum was an American jazz pianist who is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever. From early in his career, fellow musicians acclaimed Tatum’s technical ability as extraordinary. Tatum also extended jazz piano’s vocabulary and boundaries far beyond his initial stride influences, and established new ground through innovative use of reharmonization, voicing, and bitonality. He is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

Art Tatum
– 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…

rhapsody in blue george gershwin
– 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.

billie holiday
– 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…

hans rehmstedt
– 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…

Jack Hylton
– 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…

George Olsen
– 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…

New Years Eve
– 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…

freddie rich
– 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 […]

Greg Poppleton jazz singer
– 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’.

Shortwave Radio 1940
– 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…

scrappy lambert
– 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…

W Lee O'Daniel
– 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…

the revelers
– 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

Great Art Deco Ball
– 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…

martin denny
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