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Teddy Powell Flash in Pan – Phantom Dancer 5 April 2022

Teddy Powell (Teodoro Paolella) is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. For a few weeks in 1939 he lead one of the most popular big bands in swing. But when he went out on the road, the crowds stopped coming.

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

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

Also, there’s a couple of 1931-32 Gogo DeLys radio vocals on this week’s show. Hear The Phantom Dancer Gogo DeLys special and read her story here

TEDDY POWELL

Teddy Powell first learned the violin aged 8.
He picked up the banjo when he was 14.

Then he led his first band at 15.

Trained at the San Francisco Music Conservatory and Heald’s Business College in Oakland, California.

Powell worked with Lou Singer and Ray West (1927) before joining Abe Lyman’s Orchestra as guitarist, violinist, banjoist, vocalist and arranger. He stayed with Lyman until 1934.

Teddy Powell the  worked on the business side of the music business, organizing radio bands.

In late 1938, he put together his own big band.

SUCCESS

For a brief period in 1939, Teddy Powell led one of the top big bands in jazz. With an ensemble full of top musicians, Powell had a very successful six-week run at the Famous Door in New York. Powell bragged that he had done in a short time what it taken Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey years to accomplish. But once he took his band on the road, the lack of name recognition resulted in small crowds, money began to be lost and the more notable sidemen left for other lucrative jobs.

After its initial success and difficulties on the road, the Teddy Powell Orchestra managed to survive as a second-level band for several years. A disastrous fire at the Rustic Cabin in New Jersey in Oct. 1941 resulted in the orchestra losing all its instruments but Powell was able to keep the big band (which underwent a lot of turnover) going into 1944 although not recording anything after 1942.

Earlier editions of the band made swinging recordings for Decca and Bluebird. Among Powell‘s sidemen through the years were clarinetist Gus Bivona, pianist Tony Aless, clarinetist Irving Fazola, tenor-saxophonist Charlie Ventura and trumpeter Pete Candoli. After his big band’s breakup, Powell concentrated on composing and arranging.

He wrote many popular songs, including “Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddles” (ASCAP Award 1935), “March Winds and April Showers”, “Unsuspecting Heart”, “Bewildered”, “If My Heart Could Only Talk” and “I Couldn’t Believe My Eyes”.

TEE PEE

His theme song was “Blue Sentimental Mood”.
One of Powell’s vocalists was future TV star Gene Barry.
Powell dodged the military draft during World War II by bribing a clerk to delay his induction. He consequently served five months of a 15-months jail sentence for “conspiracy to evade military service”.
Powell reorganised and led several orchestras until 1953. Then he quit the big band scene and worked in music publishing for his own company, Tee Pee Music Inc..

5 APRIL PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINECommunity Radio Network Show CRN #539

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 April 2022
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
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Glenn Miller
Theme + Glowworm
Frankis Carle Orchestra
‘The Summer Electric Hour’
KNX CBS LA
13 Jun 1948
Every Day of My Life
Eddie Oliver Orchestra (voc) Sheri Carroll
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Aug 1944
Personality + Close
Sy Oliver Orchestra
‘Endorsed by Dorsey’
WOR Mutual NY
3 Mar 1946
Set 2
1929 Radio
On The Alamo
Red Nichols Orchestra (voc) Scrappy Lambert
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York
27 Aug 1929
Sittin’ and Whittlin’
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transctiption
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
In the Deep Low South
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Carleton Coon
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transctiption
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
Yours Sincerely
Eskimo Pie Orchestra
‘Eskimo Pie Program’
Radio Transcription
New York
Jul 1929
Set 3
Mod Jazz
Open + I Love You
Herbie Fields Septet
‘Stars on Parade’
Radio Transcription
New York
1951
Tenderly
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
1952
Mean to Me
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
1952
Circle of Fourths + Jam with Sam
Duke Ellington
‘Ravinia Festival’
WBBM CBS Chicago
1 Jul 1957
Set 4
Teddy Powell
I Found a New Baby
Teddy Powell Orchestra
The Famous Door
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
For You, To You
Teddy Powell Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Blair
The Famous Door
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Well, All Right
Teddy Powell Orchestra (voc) Ruth Gaylor and Band
The Famous Door
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Chinese Lullaby + Close
Teddy Powell Orchestra (voc) Jimmy BlairThe Famous Door
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Set 5
Dorsey Brothers
Too Young to Go Steady
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NYC
1956
Studio 50
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NYC
1956
Let’s Fall in Love
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NYC
1956
Set 6
Fats Waller
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (theme) + Hold My Hand
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
Yacht Club Swing (theme) + You Can’t Be Mine and Someone Else’s Too
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club NYC
18 Oct 1938
Frenesi
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Dec 1940
Hallelujah
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club NYC
14 Oct 1938
Set 7
George Trevare and his Australians
There Goes That Song Again
George Trevare and his Australians
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Don’t Sweetheart Me
George Trevare and his Australians (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Shoo Shoo Baby
George Trevare and his Australians (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Is There a Story?
George Trevare and his Australians (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Set 8
1930s-40s Swing
Somebody Stole My Gal
Benny Goodman Orchestra
AFRS
1 Jul 1946
I’d Do It All Over Again
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
Hotel Astor Roof
WOR Mutual NYC
15 Aug 1945
Back to Back
Teddy Wilson Orchestra (voc) Thelma Carpenter
‘America Dances’
WABC CBS NY and BBC London
1939
Carioca + Nightmare (theme)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Summer Terrace
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Red Boston
19 Aug 1939

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05 April 2022

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Teddy Powell Flash in Pan – Phantom Dancer 5 April 2022

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Teddy Powell (Teodoro Paolella) is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. For a few weeks in 1939 he lead one of the most popular big bands in swing. But when he went out on the road, the crowds stopped coming.

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

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

Also, there’s a couple of 1931-32 Gogo DeLys radio vocals on this week’s show. Hear The Phantom Dancer Gogo DeLys special and read her story here

TEDDY POWELL

Teddy Powell first learned the violin aged 8.
He picked up the banjo when he was 14.

Then he led his first band at 15.

Trained at the San Francisco Music Conservatory and Heald’s Business College in Oakland, California.

Powell worked with Lou Singer and Ray West (1927) before joining Abe Lyman’s Orchestra as guitarist, violinist, banjoist, vocalist and arranger. He stayed with Lyman until 1934.

Teddy Powell the  worked on the business side of the music business, organizing radio bands.

In late 1938, he put together his own big band.

SUCCESS

For a brief period in 1939, Teddy Powell led one of the top big bands in jazz. With an ensemble full of top musicians, Powell had a very successful six-week run at the Famous Door in New York. Powell bragged that he had done in a short time what it taken Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey years to accomplish. But once he took his band on the road, the lack of name recognition resulted in small crowds, money began to be lost and the more notable sidemen left for other lucrative jobs.

After its initial success and difficulties on the road, the Teddy Powell Orchestra managed to survive as a second-level band for several years. A disastrous fire at the Rustic Cabin in New Jersey in Oct. 1941 resulted in the orchestra losing all its instruments but Powell was able to keep the big band (which underwent a lot of turnover) going into 1944 although not recording anything after 1942.

Earlier editions of the band made swinging recordings for Decca and Bluebird. Among Powell‘s sidemen through the years were clarinetist Gus Bivona, pianist Tony Aless, clarinetist Irving Fazola, tenor-saxophonist Charlie Ventura and trumpeter Pete Candoli. After his big band’s breakup, Powell concentrated on composing and arranging.

He wrote many popular songs, including “Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddles” (ASCAP Award 1935), “March Winds and April Showers”, “Unsuspecting Heart”, “Bewildered”, “If My Heart Could Only Talk” and “I Couldn’t Believe My Eyes”.

TEE PEE

His theme song was “Blue Sentimental Mood”.
One of Powell’s vocalists was future TV star Gene Barry.
Powell dodged the military draft during World War II by bribing a clerk to delay his induction. He consequently served five months of a 15-months jail sentence for “conspiracy to evade military service”.
Powell reorganised and led several orchestras until 1953. Then he quit the big band scene and worked in music publishing for his own company, Tee Pee Music Inc..

5 APRIL PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINECommunity Radio Network Show CRN #539

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 April 2022
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
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Glenn Miller
Theme + Glowworm
Frankis Carle Orchestra
‘The Summer Electric Hour’
KNX CBS LA
13 Jun 1948
Every Day of My Life
Eddie Oliver Orchestra (voc) Sheri Carroll
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Aug 1944
Personality + Close
Sy Oliver Orchestra
‘Endorsed by Dorsey’
WOR Mutual NY
3 Mar 1946
Set 2
1929 Radio
On The Alamo
Red Nichols Orchestra (voc) Scrappy Lambert
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York
27 Aug 1929
Sittin’ and Whittlin’
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transctiption
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
In the Deep Low South
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Carleton Coon
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transctiption
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
Yours Sincerely
Eskimo Pie Orchestra
‘Eskimo Pie Program’
Radio Transcription
New York
Jul 1929
Set 3
Mod Jazz
Open + I Love You
Herbie Fields Septet
‘Stars on Parade’
Radio Transcription
New York
1951
Tenderly
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
1952
Mean to Me
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
1952
Circle of Fourths + Jam with Sam
Duke Ellington
‘Ravinia Festival’
WBBM CBS Chicago
1 Jul 1957
Set 4
Teddy Powell
I Found a New Baby
Teddy Powell Orchestra
The Famous Door
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
For You, To You
Teddy Powell Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Blair
The Famous Door
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Well, All Right
Teddy Powell Orchestra (voc) Ruth Gaylor and Band
The Famous Door
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Chinese Lullaby + Close
Teddy Powell Orchestra (voc) Jimmy BlairThe Famous Door
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Set 5
Dorsey Brothers
Too Young to Go Steady
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NYC
1956
Studio 50
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NYC
1956
Let’s Fall in Love
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NYC
1956
Set 6
Fats Waller
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (theme) + Hold My Hand
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
Yacht Club Swing (theme) + You Can’t Be Mine and Someone Else’s Too
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club NYC
18 Oct 1938
Frenesi
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Dec 1940
Hallelujah
Fats Waller
Aircheck
Yacht Club NYC
14 Oct 1938
Set 7
George Trevare and his Australians
There Goes That Song Again
George Trevare and his Australians
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Don’t Sweetheart Me
George Trevare and his Australians (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Shoo Shoo Baby
George Trevare and his Australians (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Is There a Story?
George Trevare and his Australians (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943-45
Set 8
1930s-40s Swing
Somebody Stole My Gal
Benny Goodman Orchestra
AFRS
1 Jul 1946
I’d Do It All Over Again
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
Hotel Astor Roof
WOR Mutual NYC
15 Aug 1945
Back to Back
Teddy Wilson Orchestra (voc) Thelma Carpenter
‘America Dances’
WABC CBS NY and BBC London
1939
Carioca + Nightmare (theme)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Summer Terrace
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Red Boston
19 Aug 1939
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