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Swing Bands on 1956 Radio Playing Rock – Phantom Dancer 2 June 2020

This week’s Phantom Dancer features a set of that rebellious ‘yoof’ music called ‘rock’n’roll’ from live 1956 was selling Savings Bonds, beer and cigarettes to kids. (I’ve cut the coffin nail ads). Yeah, yeah, yeah.

The Phantom Dancer has been produced and presented by 1920s-30s singer and actor Greg Poppleton since 1985. It can be heard online from 12:04pm AEST Tuesday 26 May at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

The finyl hour is vinyl.

1950s rock 'n' roll

THE ROCK MUSIC AS REBELLION MYTH

The idea that rock music, and by extension all ‘youth music’, is, and was rebellious, is a myth manufactured by big business to sell product.

In the US, UK, Canada, NZ & Australia, the Second World War forced governments to recognise the strategic importance of a better educated and healthier cohort of teenagers for the military, industry and innovation.

Legislation was passed in each of these countries to achieve these ends.

No longer could kids leave school before 15 to work for the family, in factories, on farms and down mines.

There was better health care focused on youth from babyhood.

And pocket money for kids became an expectation. Kids supporting their families as my father and grandfather did became uncommon.

So there arose in these countries a cashed-up cohort of teens.

This coincided with big shifts in the demographics of popular music in the US, which had been the growing centre of Western popular culture since ragtime and the Broadway musical.

This week’s Phantom Dancer features a set of that rebellious ‘yoof’ music called ‘rock’n’roll’ from live 1956 was selling Savings Bonds, beer and cigarettes to kids. (I’ve cut the coffin nail ads). Yeah, yeah, yeah.

 

NiHi was a brand of soft drink in the US that was popular for its novelty flavours. The 1932 radio ad on this week’s Phantom Dancer praises Nihi’s ‘true fruit orange’. Fans of MASH would know that the character Radar drank Grape Nihi. Some other Nihi (pronounced Knee High) fizzy drink flavours included Chocolate, Root Beer, Lemonade, Wild Red, Blue Cream, and Peach. There were many more.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

SCTV’s send up of 1980s TV rock concerts and Lee A Iacocco’s Chrysler troubles – Lee A Iacocco’s Rock Concert (sound drops out in parts – skip through). Enjoy.

2 JUNE PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #439

107.3 2SER Tuesday 2 June 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program:
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
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
2MCE Bathurst / Orange / Central West NSW Wednesday 9 – 10am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am

Set 1
1944 Swing Bands
Open + Jeep Jockey Jump
Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra
‘Uncle Sam Presents’
NBC
12 Feb 1945
Speak Low
Bob Chester Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcastY
8 Oct 1944
How Do I Say I Love You?
Richard Himber Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Aniston, Alabama
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 2
Live Rock’n’Roll on 1950s Radio
Open + The Dripper
Louis Jordan and the Tympani 5
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
9 Jul 1956
Cry Baby
Bonnie Sisters (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Ad + One O’Clock Jump + Close
King Porter Band
‘Burgie Big Beat’
KNX Los Angeles
1956
Set 3
Swing on 1938 Radio
I Want To Be Happy
Frank Coughlan’s Band
Comm Rec
Sydney
Dec 1938
Open + Heart and Soul
Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain
International Casino
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Nov 1938
Indistinct Title shouted out by the Audience
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WBBM CBS Chicago
6 Sep 1938
Set 4
1950s All-Star Parade of Bands on NBC Radio
Cheek To Cheek
Billy Taylor Trio
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Composers Club
WRCA NBC NY
7 May 1956
Love Is Just Around The Corner
George Shearing
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
11 Jul 1953
That Old Devil Me
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s Hollywood
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Set 5
Jazz and Pop on 1945 Radio
Is There A Story
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1945
Open + Back In Your Own Backyard
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Fort Devons Mass.
Blue Network
15 Oct 1945
I Wish I Knew
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Doris Day
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
16 Aug 1945
Stompin’ At The Savoy
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Hotel Astor Roof
WOR Mutual NY
15 Aug 1945
Set 6
Swing Radio from 1938
Blues in D Flat
Seven Pearce Arrows
Demo Rec
Sydney
Sep 1938
Monday Morning
Jan Savitt Top Hatters (voc) Carlotta Dale
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
17 Oct 1938
The Gal From Joe’s
Duke Elligton Orchestra
Cotton Club
WOR Mutual NY
1 May 1938
The Dipsy Doodle
Glenn Miller Orchestra (pre-famous sound)
Paradise Restaurant
WJZ NBC Blue NY
18 Jun 1938
Set 7
Tommy Dorsey on Radio 1934 – 1955
Open + Is That Religion?
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
Ben Mardin’s Riviera
Fort Lee NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Sep 1934
Open + Losers Weepers
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘America Dances’
WABC CBS NY and BBC London
28 May 1940
Buster’s Gang Comes On
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
29 Jan 1945
Tangerine + Close
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer and Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
Dec 1955
Set 8
Bebop Reeds from 1948-49 Radio
Sax of a Kind
Lee Konitz (as)
‘Bandstand USA’
Carnegie Hall
Voice of America
25 Dec 1949
Indiana
Benny Goodman (cl) Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
Just You Just Me
Lester Young Sextet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
27 Nov 1948

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