Phantom Dancer :: 5:00pm 7th May 2022

Original air date - Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 3rd May 2022

Mabel King, r'n'b singer, actor in film, TV and Broadway is this week's Phantom Dancer feature artist. 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 May) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at [embed][/embed]


Mabel Elizabeth King was raised in Harlem, New York where she became a gospel and nightclub singer. She sang on Alan Freed's Rock'n'Roll Dance Party on CBS radio in 1956, backed by Sam 'The Man' Taylor. The songs she sang were her current hits and you'll hear them on this week's Phantom Dancer. Mabel sang on four releases: 1. "Alabama Rock'n'Roll" (RAMA Records, 1956) 2. "Mabel King With The Royal Sita Chorus – Symbol Of Love / Second Hand Love" (RAMA Records, 1956) 3. "Go Back Home Young Fella/Lefty" (Amy Records, 1962) 4. "When We Get The Word / Love" (Amy Records, 1962)


Mabel began acting in her mid thirties, in 1966, when she played the role of Maria in the national touring play of Porgy and Bess. The following year she played the role of Ernestina in the Broadway musical/comedy Hello, Dolly!. Then in 1972, she appeared in the Broadway musical Don't Play Us Cheap. The following year, she appeared in the film version of the play. That same year, she played the Queen of Myrthia in the horror film Ganja & Hess. In January 1975, she played the role of Evilene, the Wicked Witch of the West in the all-African-American cast of the Broadway musical The Wiz. The role earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination for outstanding featured actress in a musical.


Her performance in The Wiz brought her much attention and soon after she received roles in the films The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, with Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones, and Scott Joplin, with Billy Dee Williams and Clifton Davis. In June 1980, King returned to stage work, starring in the Broadway musical It's So Nice to Be Civilized. However, the show did poorly and closed after eight performances. In 1976, Mabel was offered the role of Mabel Thomas in the sitcom What's Happening!!. Her character often used the catch phrase "This is true", which she said to her children when she tried to prove a point to them. King played the role from 1976 to 1978, but due to disagreements with the direction the creators wanted to take the series, she left What's Happening!! in 1978 after two seasons. That same year, she reprised the role of Evillene for the 1978 film version of The Wiz. It was the second time in her career that she appeared in a movie after being in the stage version, the first being Don't Play Us Cheap. In 1979 she appeared in the film The Jerk as the mother to Steve Martin's character. King received mostly guest spots on television series including Fantasy IslandThe JeffersonsAmazing Stories and Tales from the Darkside. In between, she signed on with then Hollywood agent Ruben Malaret, who negotiated her reprised role of Mama Johnson in the made-for-TV movie The Jerk, Too (1984). Her last two movie roles were Scrooged (1988) starring Bill Murray and Dead Men Don't Die (1990) starring Elliott Gould.


Play List - The Phantom Dancer
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107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 May 2022 12:04 - 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 - 5:55pm National Program 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 6 -7pm 6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am - 1am 2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 - 7pm 2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 - 10am 1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 - 11am 2ARM Armidale Friday 12 - 1pm 5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 - 2pm Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm 7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 - 6am 3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 - 6am 3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 - 6pm

Set 1
Gi Jive
Theme + I Found a New Baby
Benny Goodman Orchestra
'GI Jive' AFRS Hollywood 1945
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
'GI Jive' AFRS Hollywood 1945
Goodnight Wherever You Are
Jo Stafford
'GI Jive' AFRS Hollywood 1945
Old John Silver + Close
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestr
'GI Jive' AFRS Hollywood 1945
Set 2
Beat the Band
Theme + You're a Lucky Guy
Ted Weems Orchestra
'Beat the Band' WMAQ NBC Red Chicago 28 Jan 1940
At the Balalaika
Ted Weems Orchestra (voc) Perry Como
'Beat the Band' WMAQ NBC Red Chicago 28 Jan 1940
Monstro the Whale
Ted Weems Orchestra (voc) Marvel Maxwell and Red Ingle
'Beat the Band' WMAQ NBC Red Chicago 28 Jan 1940
Stop, It's Wonderful + Theme
Ted Weems Orchestra
'Beat the Band' WMAQ NBC Red Chicago 28 Jan 1940
Set 3
The Waggoneers
Theme + Corn Silk
The Waggoneers
The Glass House Graemere Hotel WLS ABC Chicago 26 Jul 1947
Rhythm of the Rhumba
The Waggoneers
The Glass House Graemere Hotel WLS ABC Chicago 26 Jul 1947
Chi Baba, Chi Baba
The Waggoneers
The Glass House Graemere Hotel WLS ABC Chicago 26 Jul 1947
Medley: Illusion + Temptation + Theme
The Waggoneers
The Glass House Graemere Hotel WLS ABC Chicago 26 Jul 1947
Set 4
Mabel King
Theme + Let's Face It
Sam 'The Man' Taylor Big Band
'Rock'n'Roll Dance Party' WCBS CBS NYC 24 Jul 1956
Alabama Rock'n'Roll
Mabel King
'Rock'n'Roll Dance Party' WCBS CBS NYC 11 Sep 1956
Second Hand Love
Mabel King
'Rock'n'Roll Dance Party' WCBS CBS NYC 1932
Little Skip + Theme
Sam 'The Man' Taylor Big Band
'Rock'n'Roll Dance Party' WCBS CBS NYC 24 Jul 1956
Set 5
Marx Brothers
Hollywood Agents
Groucho and Chico Marx with raymond Paige Orchestra
'The Marx Brothers' Show' KNX CBS LA 1938
Set 6
Slow 1940s Swing Radio
Massenet's Elegy
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA Apr 1948
Meditation from Thais
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
'Spotlight Bands' Jefferson Barracks Missouri Blue Network 23 Nov 1945
Day by Day
Buddy Rich Orchestra (voc) Dottie Reid
'Spotlight Bands' Quonset, Rhode Is Mutual Network 25 Jan 1946
Set 7
1930s Radio Dance Bands
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter + Christopher Columbus
Fats Waller
'The Magic Key' WJZ NBC Blue NY 24 May 1936
Midnight (theme) + On the Good Ship Lollipop
Joe Haymes Orchestra
Grill Room Hotel McAlpin WABC CBS NY 29 Jan 1935
Lee Wiley
Jam Session St Regis Hotel NYC BBC London 5 Nov 1938
Got a Date with an Angel
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
Lady Esther Serenade WEAF NBC Red NY 26 Aug 1936
Set 8
1950s-60s Jazz radio
High Falutin'
Gene Krupa Trio
London House WBBM CBS Chicago 13 Mar 1959
Seventh Heaven
Oscar Pettiford
Birdland WABC ABC NYC 26 May 1957
I Want a Little Girl + Bernie's Tune
Charlie Shavers
London House WBBM CBS Chicago May 1962

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