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18 June 2024

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Toni Harper Child Singer – Phantom Dancer

Phantom Dancer Radio Show

Toni Harper was a child singer in the 1940s-50s with a remarkably mature voice. She is your Phantom Dancer feature this week.

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 18 June) and weeks of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

TONI

Toni Harper aka Toni Dunlap, was an American child singer with a remarkably mature voice. She retired from performing at the age of 29

Learning dance under Maceo Anderson, Harper was cast by the choreographer Nick Castle in Christmas Follies, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, at age 8, in 1945.

She went on to perform on stage with Herb Jeffries and Cab Calloway.

In 1946, age 9, she recorded “Candy Store Blues”. It became a platinum record

She appeared twice on Toast of the Town (later The Ed Sullivan Show) in 1949, and made her third and final appearance on the show in 1950.

She sung on the Jubilee radio show in 1947 with Count Basie and made another Jubilee aircheck 24 December 1948.

Harper performed at the third annual Cavalcade of Jazz concert held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles on September 7, 1947 at age 9.

She sung at the eighth Cavalcade of Jazz concert on June 1, 1952.

After success as a child singer, Harper recorded her first album, Toni, for Verve Records in 1955, with the Oscar Peterson trio, at age 18.

She made two further albums, arranged by Marty Paich, Lady Lonely (1959) and Night Mood (1960), for RCA Victor.

Harper toured Japan with Cannonball Adderley in 1963, and appeared in the film How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965.

She retired from performing in 1966 and died in 2023.

18 June PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
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107.3 2SER Tuesday 18 June 2024
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program
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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
7RPH Hobart Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Charlie Barnet
Open + You’ll Always Hurt the One You Love
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Kay Starr
‘Spotlight Bands’
Bridgeport Conn.
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Oct 1944
PTime Waits for No One
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Phil Barton
‘Spotlight Bands’
Bridgeport Conn.
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Oct 1944
Rockin’ in Rhythm + I’ll Walk AloneCharlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Kay Starr
‘Spotlight Bands’
Bridgeport Conn.
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Oct 1944
A Straighten Up and Fly Right + Drop Me Off in Harlem + CloseCharlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Peanuts Holland‘Spotlight Bands’
Bridgeport Conn.
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Oct 1944
Set 2
Cannonball Adderley
I’ll Remember April
Cannonball Adderley Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
3 Aug 1957
Miss Jackie’s Delight
Cannonball Adderley Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
3 Aug 1957
Jubilation + What’s New?
Cannonball Adderley Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
3 Aug 1957
Spectacular + Close
Cannonball Adderley Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
3 Aug 1957
Set 3
Toni Harper
Frim Fram Sauce
Toni Harper (age 9) Count Basie Orchestra. Eddie Beale (piano)
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1948
Zip-a Dee-Doo-Dah
Toni Harper (age 10) Eddie Beale (piano)
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
24 Dec 1948
Candy Store Blues
Toni Harper (age 10)
Eddie Beale (piano)
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
24 Dec 1948
Candy Store Blues
Toni Harper (age 9) Count Basie Orchestra Eddie Beale (piano)
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1948
Set 4
Ambassadors from Melody Land
Open + What is This Thing Called Love
Ambassadors from Melodyland
‘Dr Scholls Program’
Radio Transcription
1931
Talk
Sponsor Message
‘Dr Scholls Program’
Radio Transcription
1931
Where the Golden Daffodils Grow
Ambassadors from Melodyland
‘Dr Scholls Program’
Radio Transcription
1931
Set 5
Fats Waller
Hallelujah!
Fats Waller‘George Jessel’s Celebrity Program’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
12 Feb 1939
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (theme) + I Simply Adore You
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NYC
5 Jul 1938
My Best Wishes
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NYC
5 Jul 1938
Handful of Keys
Fats Waller (piano solo)
WEAF NBC Red NYC
5 Jul 1938
Set 6
Eddie Condon
Wherever There’s Love
Eddie Condon Group (voc) Lee Wiley
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Sep 1944
Wolverine Blues
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Sep 1944
I’ve Been Around
Eddie Condon Group (featuring Ernie Carcares and Jess Stacy)
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Nov 1944
The Lady’s in Love
Eddie Condon Group
Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Nov 1944
Set 7
Charlie Spivak
Stardreams (theme) + One Way Passage
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
4 Aor 1948
I Understand
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Gary Stevens
Radio Transcription
1941
The New Look
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
4 Aor 1948
Charlie Horse
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1941
Set 8
Modern Jazz
BebopHoward McGee Sextet‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
29 Apr 1947
Groovin’ HighHoward McGee Sextet
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
29 Apr 1947
SabrosoSlim Gaillard‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
7 Jul 1951
All Gigs
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
107.3 Radio 2SER Sydney
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