Phantom Dancer

One of 2SER's longest running programs, The Phantom Dancer is a treasure trove of swing, jazz & dance from live 1920s-60s Radio & TV. Greg Poppleton has brought this multi-award-winning show to you since 1985.

Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s and 1930s dance band singer. His band albums have more than 1 Million YouTube plays. Band website.

Greg Poppleton is a film and TV actor with Benchmark and a voiceover artist for MCA.Hear the latest Phantom Dancer shows below, with playlists and a weekly insight into a selected swing jazz artist.

Check out the last four weeks of shows below:

Tuesdays at 12pm
  • Greg Poppleton


Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 24th Apr 2018

Without a single vocal lesson, Bea Wain began singing on radio at six and was singing on stage past 90. She was the first to record Over The Rainbow and Heart and Soul. Hear her on live 1938-39 radio on this week's Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton. Read More

Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 17th Apr 2018

He entered Harvard at 15, wrote standards line Body and Soul, Out of Nowhere and I Cover The Waterfront, won 5 Academy Awards and now has a set of his live 1930s radio orchestra on this week's Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton. Seems high achievement leads to the ultimate accolade. Hear show after 17 April, see play list and watch the Johnny Green radio broadcast short film from 1935. Read More

Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 10th Apr 2018

Who was Symphony Sid? He was probably the greatest middleman jazz has ever known. You'll hear him introduce live radio performances by Machito, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Ventura, Jackie Cain and Lester Young on his 1948-51 all-night, all frantic Symphony Sid show. And you'll hear it all on The Phantom Dancer - your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio presented by authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton. Read More

Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 3rd Apr 2018

There are some rare jazz broadcasts from 1929 by Ray Miller's Orchestra on this week's Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton. The orchestra is selling washing machines. And I bring you letters from Helen Keller and band leader Paul Ash about how the deaf reported 'hearing' music broadcast on the radio in the first years of wireless broadcasting as a mass medium. You'll also hear radio broadcasts by the Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman Orchestras, the Andrew Sisters and dance bands from WW2 Moscow, Prague and Hilversum. Read More