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10 October 2023

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W Lee O’Daniel 1930s Politician & Musician

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

W Lee O’Daniel was a Western Swing band leader, singer and composer, politician and this week’s Phantom Dancer Feature Artist. Also from 1944 on this PD, you’ll also hear beatnik word jazz man Ken Nordine as a CBS radio announcer in Chicago.

O’Daniel wrote the song, ‘Beautiful Texas’.

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In the late 1920s, O’Daniel wrote the Burrus company’s radio advertising. To that end, he wrote songs, sang, and hired a group of musicians to form an Western Swing band to back his vocals.

Originally called the Light Crust Doughboys, notable musicians such as Bob Wills got their start with O’Daniel. After the Doughboys split up, O’Daniel formed the Western Swing band Pat O’Daniel and his Hillbilly Boys.

The new group was named after O’Daniel’s own Hillbilly Flour Company. O’Daniel also hosted a regular noontime radio show heard statewide, which gave him his nickname after a catchphrase used frequently on air – “pass the biscuits, Pappy” – and propelled him into the public spotlight.

By the mid-1930s, “Pappy” O’Daniel was a household name in Texas. As a national magazine reporter wrote at the time: “At twelve-thirty sharp each day, a fifteen-minute silence reigned in the state of Texas, broken only by mountain music, and the dulcet voice of W. Lee O’Daniel.” The show extolled the values of Hillbilly brand flour, the Ten Commandments, and the Bible

O’DANIEL POLITICIAN

A populist and Democratic Party member, O’Daniel served as the 34th governor of Texas (1939–1941) and later its junior United States senator (1941–1949). O’Daniel chose not to run for reelection to the Senate in 1948 and was succeeded by future U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson.

His 1938 campaign for governor of Texas hailed his flour and the need for pensions and tax cuts. He promised to block a sales tax and raise pensions.

He went against his campaign promises while in office,  proposing a new transaction tax voted down by the Texas Legislature. Despite this position change, he remained personally popular and handily won re-election in 1940.

In 1941 he ran for the United States Senate in a special election and defeated Lyndon Johnson by 1,311 votes in one of the most controversial elections in state history.

As a result of this experience, in the 1948 election, Johnson, in the ‘spirit of democracy’ prepared for a close runoff by arranging for his supporters who controlled votes, including George Parr, to withhold their final tallies until the statewide results were announced.

O’Daniel was ineffective senator. Most of his legislation was defeated. He endorsed the anti-Roosevelt Texas Regulars in the 1944 presidential election.

In his broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer he confuses George Washington’s speech advocating separation of church and state as a plea to combine the two.

SONG

“W. Lee O’Daniel (and the Light Crust Doughboys)” is a song written by James Talley and originally recorded by Johnny Cash for his 1987 album Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town.

In the words of C. Eric Banister (Johnny Cash FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Man in Black), even though it was a good song, it “probably led a lot of listeners wonder, ‘Who?'”, since the band it was about “hadn’t been popular since the mid-1930s.”

10 October PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 October 2023
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program
5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
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
Abe Lyman
Open + California Here I Come (theme) + As Time Goes By
Abe Lyman and his Californians (voc) Frankie Connors
‘Treasury Star Parade’
Radio Transcription
1943
I’ve Got That Wonderful Worrisome Feeling
Abe Lyman and his Californians (voc) Rose Blaine
‘Treasury Star Parade’
Radio Transcription
1943
Oakland to Burbank
Abe Lyman and his Californians
‘Treasury Star Parade’
Radio Transcription
1943
Any Bonds Today? (theme)Abe Lyman and his Californians
‘Treasury Star Parade’
Radio Transcription
1943
Set 2
Archie Bleyer
Pal Joey Medley
Archie Bleyer Orchestra
WABC CBS NYC
6 Jun 1944
I’ll Get By (with 3am time signal)
Archie Bleyer Orchestra (voc) Brad Reynolds
WABC CBS NYC
6 Jun 1944
Swinging on a Star + Blue Room
Archie Bleyer Orchestra
WABC CBS NYC
6 Jun 1944
Amor + Bomber Command (fades)
Archie Bleyer Orchestra (voc) Vera Holly
WABC CBS NYC
6 Jun 1944
Set 3
W. Lee O’Daniel
There’s No Place Like Home
W. Lee O’Daniel and his Band (voc) Trio
Front Porch, Texas Governors’ Mansion
KNOW Austin TX
Texas State Network
Jun 1940
Those Good Ol’ Horse and Buggy Days
W. Lee O’Daniel and his Band (voc) W. Lee O’Daniel and Trio
Front Porch, Texas Governors’ Mansion
KNOW Austin TX
Texas State Network
Jun 1940
Whispering Hope
W. Lee O’Daniel and his Band (voc) Trio
Front Porch, Texas Governors’ Mansion
KNOW Austin TX
Texas State Network
Jun 1940
America the Beautiful + Close
W. Lee O’Daniel and his Band
Front Porch, Texas Governors’ Mansion
KNOW Austin TX
Texas State Network
Jun 1940
Set 4
Early Morning Sweet Band
Open + Maybe
Ralph Morrison Orchestra
Pan-American Room
LaSalle Hotel
WBBM CBS Chicago
7 June 1944
Tico Tico
Ralph Morrison Orchestra
Pan-American Room
LaSalle Hotel
WBBM CBS Chicago
7 June 1944
You Called it Madness + Old Acquaintance
Ralph Morrison Orchestra (voc) Ralph Morrison
Pan-American Room
LaSalle Hotel
WBBM CBS Chicago
7 June 1944
Once Too Often + Close
Ralph Morrison Orchestra
Pan-American Room
LaSalle Hotel
WBBM CBS Chicago
7 June 1944
Set 5
1930s French Jazz
Jam with Bacon
Freddy Johnson Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
28 Jun 1939
Morning Feeling
The Hot Club Swing Stars
Comm Rec
Paris
14 Dec 1938
Russian Lullaby
Oscar AlemanComm Rec
12 May 1939
Daphne
The Hot Club Swing Stars
Comm Rec
Paris
14 Dec 1938
Set 6
Mildred Bailey
Rocking Chair (theme) + Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NYC
1944
I’ll Never Be the Same
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NYC
1944
I’m Beginning to See the Light
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NYC
19 Jan 1945
It Had to Be You + Rocking Chair (theme)
Mildred Bailey (voc) Paul Baron Orchestra
‘Music Till Midnight’
WABC CBS NYC
1944
Set 7
Eddie Condon
Sweet Georgia Brown
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Oct 1944
Sugar
Eddie Condon Group‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Oct 1944
I’ve Been Around
Eddie Condon Group
‘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 8
Modern Jazz
Serenade in Sulphur 8
Slim Gaillard
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
7 Jul 1951
Limehouse BluesBenny Goodman Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
The Man I Love
Benny Goodman Sextet (voc) Patti Page
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
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