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Waltzing Matilda – Phantom Dancer 1940s Radio

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Waltzing Matilda in swing from World War 2 is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

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

WALTZING

Waltzing Matilda is a bush ballad described as Australia’s unofficial national anthem.

The title was Australian slang for travelling on foot (waltzing, from German ‘auf der Walz’) with one’s belongings in a “matilda” (swag) slung over one’s back.

The song tells the story of an itinerant worker, or “swagman”, making a drink of billy tea (the lyrics sung today come from a 1903 re-writing of the original 1895 lyric, to sell Billy Tea) at a bush camp and capturing a stray jumbuck (sheep) to eat.

When the jumbuck’s owner, a squatter (grazier who stole the land from the Aboriginal people and colonial governments), and three troopers (mounted policemen) pursue the swagman for theft, he declares “You’ll never catch me alive!” and commits suicide by drowning himself in a nearby billabong (watering hole), after which his ghost haunts the site.

The original lyrics were composed in 1895 by Australian poet, Banjo Paterson, to suit a tune played by Christina Macpherson. In 1903, Marie Cowan changed some of the lyrics, wrote a completely new variation of the tune and published this as sheet music.

The song was first recorded in 1926 as performed by John Collinson and Russell Callow. There are more recordings of “Waltzing Matilda” than any other Australian song.

MATILDA

The song was first performed on 6 April 1895 by Sir Herbert Ramsay, 5th Bart., at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton, Queensland.

The occasion was a banquet for the Premier of Queensland.

A search of hundreds of Australian newspaper titles between 1895 and 1901 reveals only one report of it being sung. However, the cultural critic, A.A. Phillips, born in 1900, recalled being taught it in his childhood.

COPYRIGHT

Paterson sold the rights to Waltzing Matilda and some other pieces to Angus & Robertson for five pounds. In 1903, tea trader James Inglis hired Marie Cowan, who was married to Inglis’s accountant, to alter the song lyrics for use as an advertising jingle for the Billy Tea company, making it nationally famous.

Although no copyright applied to the song in Australia and many other countries, the Australian Olympic organisers had to pay royalties to an American publisher, Carl Fischer Music, following the song being played at the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta.

According to some reports, the song was copyrighted by Carl Fischer Music in 1941 as an original composition.

However, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Carl Fischer Music had collected the royalties on behalf of Messrs Allan and Co, an Australian publisher that claimed to have bought the original copyright, though Allan’s claim “remains unclear”.

Arrangements such as those claimed by Richard D. Magoffin remain in copyright in America. Here’s Johnny Cash singing it…

3 JANUARY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #578

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 January 2023
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
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
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
Jan Garber
Silver Bells
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Roy Cordell
Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
Dec 1950
Stardust
Jan Garber Orchestra
Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
Dec 1950
Once You Find Your Guy
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Gloria Allen

Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
Dec 1950
You’re Just in Love + The Night is Young and You’re So Beautiful + ThemeJan Garber Orchestra (voc) Roy Cordell & Gloria Allen

Melody Mill
WGN Chicago
Dec 1950
Set 2
Chicago Jazz
Come On, Get Happy (theme) + You’re Driving Me Crazy
Whitey Berquist and the NBC Orchestra
‘Chicago Jazz’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Jun 1952
I Know That You Know
Art van Damme Quartet
‘Chicago Jazz’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Jun 1952
Stompin’ at the Savoy
The Chicago Wolverines
‘Chicago Jazz’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Jun 1952
St Louis Blues + Johnson Rag + Come On, Get Happy (theme)
Lucille Reid + Whitey Berquist and the NBC Orchestra
‘Chicago Jazz’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Jun 1952
Set 3
Frankie Masters
Theme + The Lady’s in Love With You
Frankie Masters Orchestra
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Boulevarde Room Conrad Hilton
Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
2 Feb 1957
Somebody Somewhere
Frankie Masters Orchestra (voc) Ray MacIntosh
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Boulevarde Room Conrad Hilton
Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
2 Feb 1957
Gad About + Namely Me
Frankie Masters Orchestra (voc) Frankie Masters
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Boulevarde Room Conrad Hilton
Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
2 Feb 1957
Medley: It Might as Well Be Spring / Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year / Paris in the Spring + What a Heavenly Night for Love + Close
Frankie Masters Orchestra (voc) The Swing Masters
‘ABC Dancing Party’
Boulevarde Room Conrad Hilton
Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
2 Feb 1957
Set 4
Waltzing Matilda
Waltzing Matilda
Mart Kenney and his Western Gentlemen (voc) Judy Richards and the Trio
Comm Rec
Montreal
29 Dec 1941
Waltzing Matilda
116th Rhythm Ensemble (voc) Gordon Andrews
Aircheck
Sydney
1944
Waltzing Matilda
Jack White and his Band (voc) Jack White and Chorus
Comm Rec
London
27 Feb 1941
Set 5
Australian 1930s Swing
Forty-Second Street
Jim Dividson Palais Royale Orchestra (voc) Cantrell Brothers
Comm Rec
Sydney
6 Jun 1933

Darktown Strutters’ Ball
Frank Coughlin Trocadero Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
25 May 1937
Says My Heart
Jim Dividson Australian Broadcasting Commission Dance  Orchestra (voc) Alice Smith
Comm Rec
Sydney
17 Aug 1938
Harlem Heat
Dudley Cantrell and the Grace Grenadiers
Comm Rec
Sydney
22 Nov 1937
Set 6
Artie Shaw 1939
Nightmare (theme) + Rose Room
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Summer Terrace
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Red
Boston
19 Aug 1939
You’re a Lucky Guy
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Tony Pastor
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NYC
20 Oct 1939
Day In, Day Out
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NYC
19 Oct 1939
Man from Mars + Nightmare (theme)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WEAF NBC Red NYC
21 Oct 1939
Set 7
Early Rock
Let’s Face It
Stan ‘The Man’ Taylor Big Band
Rock’n’Roll Dance Party
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Tweedlee Dee
La Verne Baker (voc) Count Basie OrchestraRock’n’Roll Dance Party
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Dance with Me, Henry
Etta James (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
Rock’n’Roll Dance Party
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Woe is Me
Cadillacs (voc) Stan ‘The Man’ Taylor Big Band
Rock’n’Roll Dance Party
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Set 8
Jazz Moderne
Three Little Words
Gene Krupa Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
13 Mar 1959
Woodyn YouBud Powell
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
21 Mar 1953
Tiger Rag + 52nd Street theme
Charlie Parker
‘Bands for Bonds’
WOR Mutual NYC
20 Sep 1947
All Gigs
12:04 pm - 2:00 pm
2SER 107.3 Sydney
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