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Weekly Swing Radio Show – Phantom Dancer 21 Jan 2020

The Tuesday 21 January Phantom Dancer on radio and online – your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio with Greg Poppleton – opens with Larry Clinton as feature artist from live 1930s-40s radio.

You can hear The Phantom Dancer online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

The last hour is all vinyl.

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LARRY

The Phantom Dancer kicks off with 1930s-40s airchecks by The Dipsy Doodler, swing band leader Larry Clinton.

Larry Clinton was a trumpeter who became a prominent American bandleader and arranger in the late 1930s

He also played trombone and clarinet. In his twenties, he became a prolific arranger for the dance orchestras of Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Glen Gray, Louis Armstrong and Bunny Berigan.

His first stint as a bandleader was from 1937 to 1941, and he recorded a string of hits for Victor Records while broadcasting on air for such Clinton feature RCA Victor NBC programs as ‘Larry Clinton’s Campus Club’.

CLINTON

The Clinton band’s repertoire included pop tunes of the day and ambitious instrumentals penned by Clinton (the most popular, “A Study in Brown,” spawned four sequels in different colours).

His swing adaptations of classical compositions swept the industry, and orchestras everywhere were “swinging the classics” by adding pop lyrics to melodies by Debussy and Tchaikovsky. His version of Debussy’s “Reverie”, with vocalist Bea Wain, was particularly popular. Entitled “My Reverie”, his version peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Record Buying Guide in 1938.

SOUNDIES

Clinton’s band was predominantly a recording group that also played college proms and hotel ballrooms. On the strength of Clinton’s record hit “The Dipsy Doodle,” Vitaphone and Paramount Pictures signed the band to star in three 10-minute theatrical films. All were filmed in New York.

In 1941 Clinton and his band appeared in six short musical films designed for then-popular “movie jukeboxes.” (The films were ultimately released as Soundies in 1943.) This was one of his last jobs as a bandleader.

AIR FORCE

He quit the music business on the outbreak of World War II and joined the United States Army Air Forces. A rated pilot, he rose to the rank of captain, was stationed with the Air Transport Command in Calcutta and China during Hump airlift, and was a flight instructor with the 1343rd Base Unit.

He resumed his musical career and enjoyed new success as a bandleader from 1948 to 1950. He remained active in the music business – often leading a studio band for pop singers like Barry Frank – until 1961.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Larry Clinton and the Orchestra with Bea Wain singing the aforementioned ‘My Reverie’ in a 1941 ‘soundie’. Enjoy!

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21 JANUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #420

107.3 2SER Tuesday 21 January 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Larry Clinton ‘The Dipsy Doodler’ on 1938-48 Radio
The Dipsy Doodle (theme) + Zigzag
Larry Clinton Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
1938
In A Mist
Larry Clinton Orchestra
Hotel Park Central
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Jul 1939
Lonesome Road + Study In Brown (Close)
Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Dec 1948
Set 2
‘Here’s To Veterans’ 1947-55 Radio Transcription Series
Manhattan (open) + Dark Dream
Georgie Auld
‘Here’s To Veterans’
Radio Transcription
1955
Bloop Bleep
Nat King Cole Trio (voc) Woody Herman
‘Here’s To Veterans’
Radio Transcription
5 Jul 1947
Cow Cow Boogie + Blacksmith Blues (close)
Ella Mae Morse
‘Here’s To Veterans’
Radio Transcription
1954
Set 3
1930s – 40s Mickey Mouse Bands on Radio
Feeling For Me Of You
Tommy Carlyn (voc) Gail Saunders
Bill Green’s Casino
Pittsburgh NBC
1942
The Girl With The Light Blue Hair
Benny Krueger Orchestra
WOR Mutual NY
28 Apr 1940
The More I Know + Robins and Roses + Station Schedule (fades)
Clint Noble Orchestra (voc) Trio
WEAF NBC Red NY
3 Jul 1936
Set 4
Trad Bands on Live 1955-56 Radio
Theme + Royal Garden Blues
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
5 Feb 1955
The Boppinpoof Song
Louis Armstrong All-Stars (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘All-Star Parade of Jazz’
Basin Street
WRCA NBC NY
8 May 1955
Shine
Al Hirt Jazz Band
‘Jazz Band Ball’
WWL CBS New Orleans
18 Aug 1956
Set 5
1934 – 36 Radio Bands
Maniac’s Ball
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1934
There’s A Small Hotel
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Maxine Gray
‘Lady Ester Serenade’
WEAF NBC Red NY
26 Aug 1936
Sweet and Lowdown
Anson Weeks Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Peacock Court
Hotel Mark Hopkins
San Francisco
1932
Love is Just Around The Corner + When Day Is Done
Henry Busse Orchestra (voc) Marion Holmes
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1935
Set 6
Harry James on the Air
The One I Love
Harry James Orchestra (voc) The Skylarks
‘Call For Music’
KFI NBC LA
1948
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Octet
Aircheck
1950
Jump Sauce
Harry James Orchestra
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
KFI NBC LA
10 Feb 1946
It’s A Wonderful World
Harry James Orchestra
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Boston
19 Mar 1940
Set 7
Modern Jazz Small Groups on 1940s-50s Radio
Tiny Grimes
Tiny Grimes Quartet
Comm Rec
New York City
3 Nov 1944
O-Go-Mo
Charlie Ventura
Aircheck
1951
The 7-11 Jump
Erroll Garner Trio
Basin Street
WRCA NBC NY
May 1956
Somebody Loves Me + Goodbye
Benny Goodman Sextet (with Alistair Cooke)
‘Kings of Jazz’
BBC New York City
8 Dec 1945
Set 8
Charlie Parker on WMCA 1948-49
52nd Street Theme
Charlie Parker (as) Miles Davis (tp) Tadd Dameron (piano) Curley Russell (bass) Max Roach (d)
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Sep 1948
Hot House
Charlie Parker (as) Kenny Dorham (tp) Al Haig (piano) Tommy Potter (bass) Joe Harris (d)
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
15 Jan 1949
Ornithology
Charlie Parker (as) Miles Davis (tp) Al Haig (piano) Tommy Potter (bass) Max Roach (d)
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
11 Dec 1948

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