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Steel Guitar in 1930s German Pop – 5 Oct 2021

Steel Guitar in 1930s-40s German Pop music, off radio and recordings, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

LISTEN to this Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 5 October) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

This week, Steel Guitar in Nazi Germany…

HAWAIIAN GUITAR

The steel guitar was invented by Hawaiian 11 year old, Joseph Kekuku, in the late 1880s. He later toured the world as a Hawaiian guitar soloist.

Quoting The Smithsonian magazine, “According to one of the most popular origin myths, Kekuku picked up a railway spike as he was walking along railroad tracks and put it in his pocket. When he returned to his dormitory later that day and was playing the guitar, he had a moment of inspiration—Kekuku pulled out the steel railroad tie, ran it along the guitar strings as he strummed, and noticed the unique sound the steel made.”

Kekuku modified his guitar to raise the strings higher off the fretboard and created a smooth metal cylinder to run over it as he played. He had modified an existing instrument into something entirely new.

Steel guitar is played on the lap, and the guitarist plucks the chords instead of strumming them while running a steel bar over the neck.

The steel guitar made a huge impact on different styles of American music. Hawaiian music was the most popular music genre by record sales in 1916. In Australia, Hawaiian music had a huge fan base in the 1940s into the 1960s.

In 1931, an electric Hawaiian guitar hit the market – the frying pan guitar – and it launched Hawaiian music back into the mainstream. The breakthrough song was the big hit of 1933, My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua.

In Europe, strangely, Nazi Germany, was the country that made the most steel guitar recordings, incorporating the instrument into its dance bands and on radio. You’ll hear one 1940 radio selection and two Berlin dance band recordings featuring steel guitar with dance orchestra.

5 OCTOBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINE

Community Radio Network Show CRN #512

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 OCTOBER 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 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
1940s One Night Stand Radio
In a Moment of Madness
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Kitty Kallen
‘One Night Stand’
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
29 Jun 1944
Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The 3 Kaydettes
‘Spotlight Bands’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
31 Jan 1942
Annie Laurie + Memories of You (theme)
Sonny Durham Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Hollywood Palladium
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 Aug 1944
Set 2
Rock’n’Roll Dance Party
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + You For Me
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NYC
7 Apr 1956
Play it Fair
LaVerne Baker (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NYC
7 Apr 1956
Ev’ry Day + Cherry Point + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NYC
7 Apr 1956
Set 3
Jimmy Grier
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + After All is Said and Done
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Dick Webster
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
A Secret Love
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Kenny Allen
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Kiss By Kiss + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) The 3 Cheers
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Set 4
Steel Guitar in German Dance Bands
Heimat deine Sterne
Wilhelm Strienz
‘Wunschkonzert für die Wehrmacht’
RRG Berlin
1940
Wenn wir uns einmal wiederseh’n
Joop Carlquist und sein Hawaiian-Tanzorchester
Comm Rec
Berlin
1939
Eine Insel aus Traumen geboren
Hans Rehmstedt Orchestra (voc) Rudi Schuricke
Comm Rec
Berlin
Dec 1938
Set 5
Chicago Style Jazz
Open + At The Jazz Band Ball
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall NYC
WJZ Blue NYC
30 Sep 1944
Relaxin’ at the Trouro + Royal Garden Blues
Muggsy Spanier
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
18 Oct 1953
Impromptu Ensemble
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall NYC
WJZ Blue NYC
9 Sep 1944
Set 6
1910s New Orleans Jazz Stars
Livery Stable Blues
Original Dixieland Jazz Band
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NYC
31 Oct 1936
Winnin’ Boy
Jelly Roll Morton
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
14 Jul 1940
King Porter Stomp
Jelly Roll Morton
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
14 Jul 1940
Nick LaRocca Interview + Tiger Rag
Original Dixieland Jazz Band
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NYC
31 Oct 1936
Set 7
1930s Swing Bands
All Those in Favour of Swing Say Aye
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Edythe Wright
Roof Hotel Astor
WABC CBS NYC
14 Sep 1939
Deep Night
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Jack Leonard
Roof Hotel Astor
WABC CBS NYC
14 Sep 1939
Cotton Pickers’ Congregation
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WEAF NBC Red NYC
14 Oct 1938
Down South Camp Meeting
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NYC
20 Nov 1937
Set 8
1950s Progressive Jazz
Jeepers Creepers
Dave Brubeck
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
Dec 1953
Some Blues + Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Stan Getz
Red Hill Inn
Pennsauken NJ
WRCA NBC NY
16 Feb 1957
Congo SquareDuke Ellington Orchestra
Aircheck
27 Aug 1960
A Gem From Tiffany
Shelly Manne
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NYC
1956

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Steel Guitar in 1930s German Pop – 5 Oct 2021

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Steel Guitar in 1930s-40s German Pop music, off radio and recordings, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

LISTEN to this Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 5 October) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

This week, Steel Guitar in Nazi Germany…

HAWAIIAN GUITAR

The steel guitar was invented by Hawaiian 11 year old, Joseph Kekuku, in the late 1880s. He later toured the world as a Hawaiian guitar soloist.

Quoting The Smithsonian magazine, “According to one of the most popular origin myths, Kekuku picked up a railway spike as he was walking along railroad tracks and put it in his pocket. When he returned to his dormitory later that day and was playing the guitar, he had a moment of inspiration—Kekuku pulled out the steel railroad tie, ran it along the guitar strings as he strummed, and noticed the unique sound the steel made.”

Kekuku modified his guitar to raise the strings higher off the fretboard and created a smooth metal cylinder to run over it as he played. He had modified an existing instrument into something entirely new.

Steel guitar is played on the lap, and the guitarist plucks the chords instead of strumming them while running a steel bar over the neck.

The steel guitar made a huge impact on different styles of American music. Hawaiian music was the most popular music genre by record sales in 1916. In Australia, Hawaiian music had a huge fan base in the 1940s into the 1960s.

In 1931, an electric Hawaiian guitar hit the market – the frying pan guitar – and it launched Hawaiian music back into the mainstream. The breakthrough song was the big hit of 1933, My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua.

In Europe, strangely, Nazi Germany, was the country that made the most steel guitar recordings, incorporating the instrument into its dance bands and on radio. You’ll hear one 1940 radio selection and two Berlin dance band recordings featuring steel guitar with dance orchestra.

5 OCTOBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINE

Community Radio Network Show CRN #512

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 OCTOBER 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 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
1940s One Night Stand Radio
In a Moment of Madness
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Kitty Kallen
‘One Night Stand’
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
29 Jun 1944
Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The 3 Kaydettes
‘Spotlight Bands’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
31 Jan 1942
Annie Laurie + Memories of You (theme)
Sonny Durham Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Hollywood Palladium
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 Aug 1944
Set 2
Rock’n’Roll Dance Party
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + You For Me
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NYC
7 Apr 1956
Play it Fair
LaVerne Baker (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NYC
7 Apr 1956
Ev’ry Day + Cherry Point + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NYC
7 Apr 1956
Set 3
Jimmy Grier
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + After All is Said and Done
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Dick Webster
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
A Secret Love
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Kenny Allen
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Kiss By Kiss + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) The 3 Cheers
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Set 4
Steel Guitar in German Dance Bands
Heimat deine Sterne
Wilhelm Strienz
‘Wunschkonzert für die Wehrmacht’
RRG Berlin
1940
Wenn wir uns einmal wiederseh’n
Joop Carlquist und sein Hawaiian-Tanzorchester
Comm Rec
Berlin
1939
Eine Insel aus Traumen geboren
Hans Rehmstedt Orchestra (voc) Rudi Schuricke
Comm Rec
Berlin
Dec 1938
Set 5
Chicago Style Jazz
Open + At The Jazz Band Ball
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall NYC
WJZ Blue NYC
30 Sep 1944
Relaxin’ at the Trouro + Royal Garden Blues
Muggsy Spanier
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
18 Oct 1953
Impromptu Ensemble
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall NYC
WJZ Blue NYC
9 Sep 1944
Set 6
1910s New Orleans Jazz Stars
Livery Stable Blues
Original Dixieland Jazz Band
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NYC
31 Oct 1936
Winnin’ Boy
Jelly Roll Morton
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
14 Jul 1940
King Porter Stomp
Jelly Roll Morton
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
14 Jul 1940
Nick LaRocca Interview + Tiger Rag
Original Dixieland Jazz Band
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NYC
31 Oct 1936
Set 7
1930s Swing Bands
All Those in Favour of Swing Say Aye
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Edythe Wright
Roof Hotel Astor
WABC CBS NYC
14 Sep 1939
Deep Night
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Jack Leonard
Roof Hotel Astor
WABC CBS NYC
14 Sep 1939
Cotton Pickers’ Congregation
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WEAF NBC Red NYC
14 Oct 1938
Down South Camp Meeting
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NYC
20 Nov 1937
Set 8
1950s Progressive Jazz
Jeepers Creepers
Dave Brubeck
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
Dec 1953
Some Blues + Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Stan Getz
Red Hill Inn
Pennsauken NJ
WRCA NBC NY
16 Feb 1957
Congo SquareDuke Ellington Orchestra
Aircheck
27 Aug 1960
A Gem From Tiffany
Shelly Manne
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NYC
1956
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