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Phil Harris – Phantom Dancer 17 August 2021

Phil Harris is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. Wonga Phil Harris was a drummer, band leader, singer, comedian, actor, Academy Award winner and voice-over artist. Because of the continuing Sydney lockdown, this show is a re-broadcst of the 23 Feb 2021 Phantom Dancer.

His first name, Wonga, is a Cherokee word meaning fast messenger.


The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton. Hear past Phantom Dancer online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.


This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 17 August at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.



PHIL

Phil Harris’ parents were circus performers. Phil started playing in his father’s tent band as a drummer at age 9.

He began his dance band career as a drummer in San Francisco, first in 1925 with the Henry Halstead Orchestra, which toured Australia in 1927. In the late 20s he formed an orchestra with Carol Lofner which had a three year engagement at the St. Francis Hotel.

The Lofner-Harris orchestra recorded for VictorColumbiaDecca, and Vocalion.


MOVIES

In 1933, he made a short film for RKO called So This Is Harris!. It won the Academy Award for best live action short subject. He followed with a feature-length film, Melody Cruise.


He starred in I Love a Bandleader (1945) with Leslie Brooks. He appeared in The Wild Blue Yonder a.k.a. “Thunder Across the Pacific” (1951), alongside Forrest Tucker and Walter Brennan. He made a cameo appearance in the Warner Bros. musical, Starlift, with Janice Rule and Dick Wesson, and was featured in The High and the Mighty with John Wayne in 1954.


He made many TV appearances guesting on the Ed Sullivan Show and Dean Martin Show in the 1960s

As a singer, he had a #1 hit in 1950 with the novelty record, “The Thing”.

He was an avid golfer and won many amateur golf tournaments. Took over managing the Bing Crosby Golf Tournament after Crosby’s death

RADIO

On this week’s Phantom Dancer you’ll hear Phil Harris from a radio transcription simulating a broadcst from the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel where his band was resident in 1933-34.

In 1936, Harris became musical director of The Jell-O Show Starring Jack Benny singing and leading his band.

When Harris showed a knack for giving snappy one-liners, he joined the cast.

In 1946, after serving in the US Navy during WW2, Harris and wife Alice Faye began co-hosting The Fitch Bandwagon, a comedy-variety program that followed the Jack Benny show on Sunday nights.

On The Fitch Bandwagon and its later incarnation as The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, Harris played a vain, stumbling husband, while Faye played his sarcastic but loving wife.

The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show ran until 1954. Harris was concurrently on Jack Benny’s show from 1948 to 1952.

VOICE ACTOR

Harris was a popular voice actor for animated films – he played Baloo in The Jungle Book (1967), Thomas O’Malley in The Aristocats (1970), Little John in Robin Hood (1973), and Patou in Rock-a-Doodle (1991).



17 AUGUST 2021 PLAY LIST



Play List – The Phantom Dancer

107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINE

Community Radio Network Show CRN #507

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 August 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
4RPH Brisbane Sunday 3 – 4am
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
1945 Radio Dance Bands
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Sun Valley Jump
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Cedar Rapids Iowa
Blue Network
1945
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Ray Noble Orchestra (voc) Trudy Irwin and the Smart Set
‘By Request’
KNX CBS LA
13 Jun 1945
Dark Eyes + Close
Jimmy Joy Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Hartigan TX
Blue Network
6 Jan 1945
Set 2
1940s-50s Mod Jazz Bands
Open + Who’s Sorry Now?
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1952
Old Man Bebop
Dizzy Gillespie
AFRS Radio Transcriptions
1946
El Greco + Let’s Dance (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1949
Set 3
Phil Harris
Young and Healthy
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Phil Harris and The Three Ambassadors
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
The Girl in the Little Green Hat
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Lee Norton
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Come On, Get Up
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Leah Raye
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Set 4
Women on Radio
Theme + 24 Hours of Sunshine
The Andrew Sisters, Dick Haymes, Jerry Gray Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
8 Jan 1950
If I Loved You + Lady Be Good (close)
Georgia  Gibbs (voc) Paul Whiteman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Pennsylvania Hotel
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Jul 1945
That Ol’ Black Magic + Close
Jo Stafford, The Starlighters, Paul Weston Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
22 May 1949
Set 5
1940s Australian Swing
Don’t Sweetheart Me
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
Let’s Have One For The Road
George Trevare Orchestra (voc)
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
Long Ago and Far Away
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) al Royal
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
Set 6
Radio Trad
Back to Coajingolong
George Trevare Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
1945
September in the Rain
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
21 Oct 1944
Levee Blues
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band (voc) Charlie Teagarden
Radio Transcription
1950
Gin Mill Blues + Close
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘Swing Concert’
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
18 May 1937
Set 7
 Lseter Young 1950s Radip
Lullaby of Birdland (theme)
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
5 Sep 1956
Three Little Words
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
5 Sep 1956
Lullaby of Birdland (theme)
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Aug 1956
Lester Leaps In
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Aug 1956
Set 8
Benny Goodman Small Groups
Oh, Baby!
Benny Goodman Sextet
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Jan 1946
Limehouse Blues
Benny Goodman Sextet
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Jan 1946
Sweet Georgia Brown
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Springfield Mass
Mutual Network
29 Sep 1943
Sweet Lorraine
Benny Goodman Trio
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Jan 1946

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17 August 2021

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Phil Harris – Phantom Dancer 17 August 2021

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Phil Harris is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. Wonga Phil Harris was a drummer, band leader, singer, comedian, actor, Academy Award winner and voice-over artist. Because of the continuing Sydney lockdown, this show is a re-broadcst of the 23 Feb 2021 Phantom Dancer.

His first name, Wonga, is a Cherokee word meaning fast messenger.


The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton. Hear past Phantom Dancer online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.


This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 17 August at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.



PHIL

Phil Harris’ parents were circus performers. Phil started playing in his father’s tent band as a drummer at age 9.

He began his dance band career as a drummer in San Francisco, first in 1925 with the Henry Halstead Orchestra, which toured Australia in 1927. In the late 20s he formed an orchestra with Carol Lofner which had a three year engagement at the St. Francis Hotel.

The Lofner-Harris orchestra recorded for VictorColumbiaDecca, and Vocalion.


MOVIES

In 1933, he made a short film for RKO called So This Is Harris!. It won the Academy Award for best live action short subject. He followed with a feature-length film, Melody Cruise.


He starred in I Love a Bandleader (1945) with Leslie Brooks. He appeared in The Wild Blue Yonder a.k.a. “Thunder Across the Pacific” (1951), alongside Forrest Tucker and Walter Brennan. He made a cameo appearance in the Warner Bros. musical, Starlift, with Janice Rule and Dick Wesson, and was featured in The High and the Mighty with John Wayne in 1954.


He made many TV appearances guesting on the Ed Sullivan Show and Dean Martin Show in the 1960s

As a singer, he had a #1 hit in 1950 with the novelty record, “The Thing”.

He was an avid golfer and won many amateur golf tournaments. Took over managing the Bing Crosby Golf Tournament after Crosby’s death

RADIO

On this week’s Phantom Dancer you’ll hear Phil Harris from a radio transcription simulating a broadcst from the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel where his band was resident in 1933-34.

In 1936, Harris became musical director of The Jell-O Show Starring Jack Benny singing and leading his band.

When Harris showed a knack for giving snappy one-liners, he joined the cast.

In 1946, after serving in the US Navy during WW2, Harris and wife Alice Faye began co-hosting The Fitch Bandwagon, a comedy-variety program that followed the Jack Benny show on Sunday nights.

On The Fitch Bandwagon and its later incarnation as The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, Harris played a vain, stumbling husband, while Faye played his sarcastic but loving wife.

The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show ran until 1954. Harris was concurrently on Jack Benny’s show from 1948 to 1952.

VOICE ACTOR

Harris was a popular voice actor for animated films – he played Baloo in The Jungle Book (1967), Thomas O’Malley in The Aristocats (1970), Little John in Robin Hood (1973), and Patou in Rock-a-Doodle (1991).



17 AUGUST 2021 PLAY LIST



Play List – The Phantom Dancer

107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINE

Community Radio Network Show CRN #507

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 August 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
4RPH Brisbane Sunday 3 – 4am
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
1945 Radio Dance Bands
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Sun Valley Jump
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Cedar Rapids Iowa
Blue Network
1945
I’m Beginning To See The Light
Ray Noble Orchestra (voc) Trudy Irwin and the Smart Set
‘By Request’
KNX CBS LA
13 Jun 1945
Dark Eyes + Close
Jimmy Joy Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Hartigan TX
Blue Network
6 Jan 1945
Set 2
1940s-50s Mod Jazz Bands
Open + Who’s Sorry Now?
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1952
Old Man Bebop
Dizzy Gillespie
AFRS Radio Transcriptions
1946
El Greco + Let’s Dance (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
1949
Set 3
Phil Harris
Young and Healthy
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Phil Harris and The Three Ambassadors
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
The Girl in the Little Green Hat
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Lee Norton
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Come On, Get Up
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Leah Raye
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Set 4
Women on Radio
Theme + 24 Hours of Sunshine
The Andrew Sisters, Dick Haymes, Jerry Gray Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
8 Jan 1950
If I Loved You + Lady Be Good (close)
Georgia  Gibbs (voc) Paul Whiteman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Pennsylvania Hotel
AFRS Re-broadcast
22 Jul 1945
That Ol’ Black Magic + Close
Jo Stafford, The Starlighters, Paul Weston Orchestra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
22 May 1949
Set 5
1940s Australian Swing
Don’t Sweetheart Me
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
Let’s Have One For The Road
George Trevare Orchestra (voc)
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
Long Ago and Far Away
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) al Royal
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
Set 6
Radio Trad
Back to Coajingolong
George Trevare Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
1945
September in the Rain
Eddie Condon
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
21 Oct 1944
Levee Blues
Jimmy Dorsey Dorseyland Band (voc) Charlie Teagarden
Radio Transcription
1950
Gin Mill Blues + Close
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘Swing Concert’
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
18 May 1937
Set 7
 Lseter Young 1950s Radip
Lullaby of Birdland (theme)
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
5 Sep 1956
Three Little Words
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
5 Sep 1956
Lullaby of Birdland (theme)
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Aug 1956
Lester Leaps In
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Aug 1956
Set 8
Benny Goodman Small Groups
Oh, Baby!
Benny Goodman Sextet
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Jan 1946
Limehouse Blues
Benny Goodman Sextet
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Jan 1946
Sweet Georgia Brown
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Springfield Mass
Mutual Network
29 Sep 1943
Sweet Lorraine
Benny Goodman Trio
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Jan 1946
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