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 4th Dec 2018

One of the more ambitious US radio shows of the 1930s was NBC Blue Network's 'The Magic Key of RCA', 'unlocking a world of entertainment', as announcer Milton J Cross would intone. It was a show that featured opera, symphony, critique, comedy, swing and hillbilly and was 'Hi-Brow'. Parodying that show from 1940 was NBC Blue's 'Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street', 'showcasing the 3 B's - barrelhouse, boogie woogie and the blues'. It was 'Lo-Brow'. For a short time in 1944, it too was narrated by Milton J Cross. We hear these shows side-by-side on this week's Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton. Read More

Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 27th Nov 2018

Prague, the Czech capital, was one of the swing hubs of Europe up until the Communists came in 1948. And since we had Texan Western Swing sung in Czech on last week's Phantom Dancer, this week's Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton features a small set of Czech swing from the Ultraphon label 1931-45. Read More

Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 20th Nov 2018

Guy Lombardo led the world's leading 'sweet' band from 1924 - 1977. Guy became known as 'Old Father Time' because his band brought in New Years in the US on radio and later TV from 1929 to 1976. Guy Lombardo is November 20 Phantom Dancer feature artist. See the full swing playlist, Guy Lombardo video and story here. Read More

Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 13th Nov 2018

Trumpeter and singer Valaida Snow told many stories about herself. She was a huge star in the 1930s. A set of sides she recorded in 1936-37 London is this week's Phantom Dancer radio feature with Greg Poppleton. Read her story, see the play list, see her 1946 video and hear the radio show here. Read More