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PopplesOne of 2SER's longest running programs, The Phantom Dancer is a treasure trove of swing, jazz & dance from live 1920s-60s Radio & TV, with Sydney swing bandleader Greg Poppleton

Greg Poppleton is a film and TV actor with Encompass and a voiceover artist for RGM.

Greg is also Sydney's only authentic 1920s and 1930s dance band singer. He leads two vintage bands -

- Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters (Trio - 6-piece 1920s-1930s Band)

- The Lounge Bar Lotharios (Authentic 10-piece 1920s Dance Orchestra)

Hear past shows, read weekly Phantom Dancer play lists and watch Phantom Dancer Videos of the Week on Greg Poppleton's Radio Lounge Blog

Check out the last four weeks of shows below:

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28 February Phantom Dancer – 1952 Liberace TV Show with Ads

The Phantom Dancer radio show is your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton since 1985.

Live-streamed and archived below, The Phantom Dancer is heard on over 22 radio stations.

In the Phantom Dancer mix this week: airchecks by Red Nichols from 1929 radio, the early Benny Goodman swing band on 1934-37 radio and star women singers on 1940s-50s radio.

See the full play list and your Phantom Dancer video of the Week - a complete Liberace show from 1952 with jazz band and complete with commercials - at Greg Poppleton's Radio Lounge Blog http://wp.me/pECTP-1yq

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21 February 2017 Phantom Dancer Swing Jazz Mix - Why Is It So? (1960s TV)

The Phantom Dancer radio show is your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton since 1985.

Live-streamed and archived below after the broadcast. The Phantom Dancer is heard on over 22 radio stations.

In the Phantom Dancer mix this week: (in the last hour of vinyl) airchecks by the Benny Goodman Orchestra and alumni Gene Krupa, Helen Ward and Harry James plus a set of women bands on radio including Ella Fitzgerald and Ann Mae Winburn.

Your Phantom Dancer video of the Week is another educational 'Why Is It So?' from ABC TV Sydney in the 1960s. In this episode, Professor Julius Sumner Miller investigates the fascinating physics behind balance.

See the full play list below and video at Greg Poppleton's Radio Lounge Blog

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14 February Phantom Dancer - Movietone 1969 Valentine's Day Pop Award

It's Valentine's Day on The Phantom Dancer.

And on your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV presented by Greg Poppleton since 1985, the love poureth over.

Live-streamed and archived below after the broadcast, The Phantom Dancer is heard on over 22 radio stations.

In the Phantom Dancer mix this week: moody swing from 1944-45 radio, 15 minutes with Alvino Rey and The Armed Forces Radio Service Orchestra and a set of swing Jimmy Lunceford and his 1940s big band.

See the full play list and your Phantom Dancer video of the Week, the 1969 Valentine's Day pop awards, at Greg Poppleton's Radio Lounge Blog

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7 February Phantom Dancer – Julius Sumner Miller ‘Why Is It So?’

Where has the year gone?

7 February already? It's almost Christmas!

Never mind, here's your The Phantom Dancer play list for 7 February, your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

Non-stop swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio presented by Greg Poppleton over 107.3 2SER Sydney every Tuesday from 12 noon since 1985.

And now live-streamed, archived online below and heard on over 22 radio stations.

In the Phantom Dancer mix this week: Australia swing on 1930s – 40s radio, Trad Jazz on the air with Kid Ory, Louis Armstrong and more plus a mix of women big bands on live 1940s radio.

Your Phantom Dancer video of the Week is Professor Julius Sumner Miller examining reflected images on glass slabs from the 1960s ABC TV series, 'Why Is It So?'

See the full play list and Julius Sumner Miller at Greg Poppleton's Radio Lounge Blog http://wp.me/pECTP-1x8

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31 January Phantom Dancer – 1935 UK Driving Test Film

Huzzah! At last, here's your The Phantom Dancer play list for 31 January, your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

Non-stop swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio presented by Greg Poppleton over 107.3 2SER Sydney every Tuesday from 12 noon since 1985.

And now live-streamed, archived online at 2ser.com and heard on over 22 radio stations.

In the Phantom Dancer mix this week: Polynesian swing from 1930s – 40s radio, 1950s Lounge played by real lounge orchestras live on 1950s radio, and for the final set, a mix of big bands on live 1947 radio.

Your Phantom Dancer video of the Week is all about taking your driving test in 1935. Narration is by Sir Malcolm Campbell.

See the video and today's play list at Greg Poppleton's Radio Lounge Blog http://wp.me/pECTP-1x5

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24 January Phantom Dancer - Starman Film 'Atomic Rulers Of The World'

Here's your Phantom Dancer two hour non-stop mix playlist for 24 January and Video of the Week.

Non-stop swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio presented by Greg Poppleton over 107.3 2SER Sydney every Tuesday from 12 noon since 1985.

And now live-streamed, archived online at 2ser.com and heard on over 22 radio stations.

In the mix this week: 1930s radio including two songs by Johnny Green, the composer of Body and Soul. These are 'Rockin' The Town' (1937) and 'There's A Ring Around The Moon' (1933): Louis Armstrong on Armed Forces Radio 1943 - 1945 and his former wife Lil plays piano on a 1961 TV show plus two sets of live jazz from the 1960s by Oscar Peterson, Gene Krupa, Duke Ellington and more.

See the full play list and your Phantom Dancer video of the Week - a Japanese STARMAN film, Atomic Rulers Of The World - at Greg Poppleton's Radio Lounge Blog http://wp.me/pECTP-1wZ

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17 January 2017 Phantom Dancer - 1926 Wireless Send-up With The Savoy Orpheans (London and Daventry Calling)

The Phantom Dancer two hour non-stop mix playlist for 17 January.

Non-stop swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio presented by Greg Poppleton over 107.3 2SER Sydney every Tuesday from 12 noon since 1985.

And now live-streamed, archived online at 2ser.com and heard on over 22 radio stations.

In the mix this week: harmony on 1930s-50s radio by The Inskspots and King Sisters, swing bands from 1930s radio including Bunny Berrigan and Artie Shaw, and a complete Paramount on the Air radio trailer for the Marx Brothers movie, Duck Soup, with jazz soundtrack by Nathaniel Finston's Paramount Orchestra.

See the full play list and your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week at Greg Popleton's Radio Lounge Blog http://wp.me/pECTP-1w9

Your Phantom Dancer video of the Week is a send-up of radio recorded in London in January 1926 featuring the Savoy Orpheans Orchestra and comedian Norman Long.

Enjoy!

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10 January Phantom Dancer - 1924 Sound Film Ben Bernie Jazz Orchestra

Today on your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio you'll hear a set of Australian dance bands my parents danced to in the 1930s, Frank Coughlan and his Trocadero Orchestra, Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra and Dudley Cantrell's Grace Granadiers (who played in the Grace Brothers department store ballroom on Broadway in Sydney.)

There's also a set of women band leaders on the wireless Ella, Billie, Anna Mae Winburn and a set of jazz from swinging 60s radio and TV by Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa and the Charlie Shavers Quartet without Charlie Shavers.

Eight sets in total - names, bands, song titles and the originating radio station and date are listed in the play list below.

See the play list and The Phantom Dancer Video of the Week at Greg Poppleton's Radio Lounge Blog http://wp.me/pECTP-1w3

About is The Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. "A very important bit of film, both for the history of Film and Music in the early twentieth century! Surely one of the earliest films with the sound printed on the nitrate film itself instead of a separate disc or cylinder. It was produced by the De Forest Phonofilm system, which unfortunately was met with little success because there was no backing by any major studio. All that came of it were a few films of mostly musical subjects - which were at the time still making records by the acoustic process!" Alex Allen, YouTube. Enjoy!

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3 January 2017 Phantom Dancer - Video: Independent Radio Station WMCA NY 1952

The first Phantom Dancer for 2017. Will it be like the first Phantom Dancer for 2007, 1997 or 1987? Nope, lot's of newly discovered radio swing and jazz airchecks for you from the 1930s-60s in a non-stop two hour mix.

The Phantom Dancer is as much a first hand social history program as much as it is a music show, without me lecturing. So as well swing and jazz we hear a few vintage ads, a set of theatre organ and Hammond organ on 1930s radio and Duke Ellington on air through the decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s.

If you can't catch the show live on one of the over 22 radio stations it goes to air on each week, come back here late next Tuesday because this is where I put the link to the online mix.

See the play list below and The Phantom Dancer video of the Week - How independent radio is made, a film from the 1940s - at Greg Poppleton's Radio Lounge Blog http://wp.me/pECTP-1w0

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27 December New Years Phantom Dancer - New Years Broadcast 1926

Your 27 December Phantom Dancer brings you New Years swing and jazz from live 1936 – 1966 radio on 107.3 2SER Sydney, 12 noon, online and then archived below after the Tuesday show.

In the first half, re-broadcast to stations of the Community Radio Network across Australia for the final week of the year, it's New Years broadcasts from 1936 – 1958 featuring Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Kid Ory and more.

Then it's vinyl with excerpts from the famous AFRS 1945 New Years Dancing Party. You'll hear great swing and get New Years greetings from Woody Herman, Louis Prima, Benny Goodman and Auld Lang Syne by Guy Lombardo

And as your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, sections of a transatlantic 1926 New Years program via 2LO London, 5XX Daventry, WRC Washington, WGY Schenectedy, WBZ Boston and WJZ New York.

See the full playlist and your Phantokm Dancer 1926 New Years Vid of the Week at Greg Poppleton's Radio Lounge Blog http://wp.me/pECTP-1vv

And as you can see in the picture below, the calendar for 1927 and 2016 are excatly the same...

New Year 1927

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