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Hello Bandcampers,

Looking for jazz that swings?

Looking for "a fresh take on the familiar" (JazzReview.com)?

Looking for a modern day singer who sounds authentically 1920s and 1930s?

Here I am. DOWNLOAD me NOW!

Since 2002, I've been reviving the songs of the Roaring 20s, Great Depression and 1930s Swing Era with my band of swinging, world-toured classic jazz musicians.

Drawing on influences like Louis Armstrong, Al Bowlly, Annette Hanshaw, Cab Calloway and very early jazz Bing Crosby, I've gained a loyal following with my authentic Jazz Age/Swing Era vocals, my always top-notch swinging 1920s-30s band and my original, high-energy performances.

THE PRESS RELEASE -

HONESTLY...

When you think contemporary 1920s - 1930s band, do you think COMMERCIAL RADIO AIRPLAY, YouTube views of OVER 1 MILLION, true-to-the-era vocals with SWINGING musicianship?

Probably not.

But Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s - 1930s singer and band, has all of the above.

Greg was hooked on jazz from age three. That's when he saw Louis Armstrong on TV. And he's never had any interest in contemporary music since.

That makes Greg Poppleton such a completely original singer, that when he sings jazz and swing from the 1920s and 30s - and that's all he sings - his style is fresh, original, natural and timeless.

“Jazz is about the here and now,” says Greg. “Even in a show of 1920s-30s songs, everything is improvised on the spot. That makes the music fresh, alive and exciting.”

Jazz and non-jazz audiences say, "More, please!".

That's why critics write...
“Captures the 1920s - 1930s vocal style to perfection,”
— Kevin Jones, jazz critic The Australian and Fine Music Sydney FM

“5 STARS. Poppleton’s vocals capture the essence of the swing years with uncanny accuracy.”
— John Gilbert, eJazzNews (U.S.)

“Awesome. Totally fun,”
— Jesse Miner - ‘Hey, Mr Jesse’ Swing Podcast (USA)

“Greg has the natural knack of sounding exactly like a 1920s / 1930s singer.”
— John Buchanan, Jazz Concert and Festival Producer

“Greg nails the 1920s vocal stylings.”
— Bill Lawson, Radio Adelaide

“Boy do these guys swing!”
— Gerard H Beulah Jr, JazzReview.com (USA)

“Absolutely flooring. Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing always hits the spot. So authentic.”
- Women’s Vintage Radio (U.S)

“Damn, I wish I had known you when we had a theatre. We would have called you over to perform with us in a minute! Your great voice, your ability to “sell a song” and your particular energy came across as completely American while sounding Australian! And that trio is an absolute knockout.”
- Lance Belville, Writer / Theater Director, San Francisco

Greg is an entertainer.

He's also appeared in a few Hollywood movies. He has worked with Nicole Kidman, John Goodman and Adrien Brody.

Greg Poppleton was auditioned twice for the band leader role in Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby.

‘They Didn’t Believe Me’ from Greg’s new album ‘Back In Your Own Backyard’ was picked for the soundtrack of a new German-Israeli movie co-production, The Cake Maker.

He leads the 1920s Orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios.

Greg Poppleton has released four albums. Two have been played on commercial radio.

2006 - The Phantom Dancer: Album of the Week: Women's Vintage Radio (US)

2012 - Doin' The Charleston: Album of the Week and Commercial radio airplay

2013 - Sweet Sue: Album of the Week

2014 - 1920s-30s Background Chill Mix 1 (songs from 3 albums) 960,000 YouTube views

2015 - 1920s-30s Background Chill Mix 2 (songs from 3 albums) 60,000 YouTube views

2016 - Back In Your Own Backyard. Commercial radio airplay

Major Festivals:

World's first 2016 International Jazz Day Event

Sydney Festival

Waiheke International Jazz Festival NZ


REVIEWS

“Greg Poppleton sang all the top songs of the 1920s. There were many happy faces in the audience. Greg’s interpretations, dancing, swaying, staring and facial gymnastics made the music all the more interesting and amusing.”
— Warren Fahey AM, music historian, record producer (Festival)

“Thank you for the most amazing gig and for asking me to sing with you...what an honour. You had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand. They loved you and Cazzbo on sousaphone hit the spot as well. We will definitely get you back some time.” (Re-booked)
— Shelley Rae King, President Illawarra Jazz Club

“Greg Poppleton was considered a little eccentric growing up in the mid-'70s. As his mates brought the Sex Pistols' album or sung along to Queen on the radio, he was rifling through the back shelves of music stores looking for recordings from the 1930s Swing Era.”
— Sue Javes, Sydney Morning Herald

Please visit the band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com
Contact: greg@gregpoppleton.com

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released October 7, 2012

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are:

Greg Poppleton - Vocals
Paul Furniss - Soprano Sax / Alto Sax / Tenor Sax / Clarinet
Al Davey - Trumpet / Trombone
Grahame Conlon - Tenor Banjo
Geoff Power - Sousaphone on Tracks 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13
Rod Herbert - Sousaphone on Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 14
Lawrie Thompson - Drums / Washboard

Recorded 11am - 4pm Monday 4 June 2012

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“Greg has captured the 1920s vocal style to perfection,” Kevin Jones, 102.5FM Fine Music Magazine.

"Greg Poppleton's music always hits the spot - so authentic sounding!” Women's Vintage Radio, KMRN Radio, Gillespie Network (USA)
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Track Name: Exactly Like You (interpolating 'Eccentric')
I know why I waited
Know why I've been blue
Prayed each night for someone
Exactly like you

Why should we spend money
On a show or two
No one does those love scenes
Exactly like you

You make me feel so grand, yes
I wanna hand the world to you
You seems to understand
Each foolish little dream I'm dreaming
I'm scheming

Now I know why mother
Taught me to be true
She meant me for someone
Exactly like you
Track Name: The Charleston
LYRICS
Charleston, Charleston
Made in Carolina
Some dance, some prance
I’ll say there’s nothing finer
Than the Charleston, the new Charleston
Boy, how you can shuffle
Every step you do
Leads to something new
Man I’m telling you
It’s a lapazoo

Buck dance, wing dance
Will be a back number
But the Charleston
The new Charleston
Why, that dance is surely a comer
Sometime
You’ll dance it
One time
The dance called the Charleston
Made in South Caroline
Track Name: St James Infirmary (alternate take)
LYRICS
I went down to St James Infirmary
Saw my baby there,
Stretched out on a long, white table,
So sweet, so cold, so fair.

I tried hard to keep from cryin'
My heart felt heavy as lead.
She was all I had to live for
I wish that it were me instead.

Let her go
Where ever she may be.
She can search this whole world over,
She'll never find a sweet man like me.

I went down to St James Infirmary
Saw my baby there,
Stretched out on a long, white table,
So sweet, so cold, so fair.

(I picked verses from a 1920s arrangement that made more sense to my own experience than the usual verses trotted out about black box coats and other, esoteric, 19th century Wild West derry-do.)
Track Name: Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt (Falling In Love Again)
LYRICS
Falling in love again,
Never wanted to,
What am I to do?
I can't help it.

Love's always been my game,
Play it how I may.
I was made that way,
I can't help it.

Women flutter 'round me
Like moths about a flame,
And if their wings burn
I'm certainly not to blame

Falling in love again
Never wanted to.
What am I to do?
I just can't help it.

Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß
Auf Liebe eingestellt,
Denn das ist meine Welt.
Und sonst gar nichts.
Das ist, was soll ich machen,
Meine Natur,
Ich kann halt lieben nur
Und sonst gar nichts.

Frauen umschwirr'n mich,
Wie Motten um das Licht.
Und wenn sie verbrennen,
Ja dafür kann ich nicht.
Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß
Auf Liebe eingestellt,
Ich kann halt lieben nur
Und sonst gar nichts.
Track Name: Tip Toe Through The Tulips
LYRICS
Tip toe to the window
By the window, that is where I'll be
Come tip toe through the tulips with me

Tip toe from your pillow
To the shadow of a willow tree
Come tip toe through the tulips with me

Knee deep in flowers we'll stray
We'll keep the showers away
And if I kiss you in the garden, in the moonlight
Will you pardon me?
Come tip toe through the tulips with me
Track Name: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter)
LYRICS
I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
And make believe it came from you
I'm gonna write words, oh, so sweet
They're gonna knock me off my feet
A lot of kisses on the bottom
Well, I'll be glad I've got 'em

I'm gonna smile and say "Gee, I hope you're feelin' better"
And close "with love" the way you ought to do
I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
And make believe it came from you
Track Name: Road To Gundagai
LYRICS
There's a track winding back
To an old-fashioned shack
Along the road to Gundagai.
Where the gum trees are growin'
And the Murrumbidgee's flowin'
Beneath the sunny sky.
Oh my mother and daddy are waitin' for me
And the pals of my childhood once more I will see
And no more will I roam 'cos I'm headin' right for home
Along the road to Gundagai.
Track Name: My Gal Sal
LYRICS
They called her frivolous Sal
A peculiar sort of a gal
With a heart that was mellow
An all 'round good fellow, was my old pal
Your troubles, sorrow and care
She was always willing to share
A wild sort of devil, but dead on the level
Was My Gal Sal.
Track Name: Sweet Lorraine
LYRICS
I just found joy,
I'm as happy as a baby boy,
Who is playing with a choo-choo toy
When I'm with my Sweet Lorraine.

A pair of eyes
That are bluer than the summer skies.
When you see her, you will realise
Why I love my sweet Lorraine.

When it's raining I don't need the sun,
'Cause it's in my sweetie's smile.
Don't you know that I'm the lucky one
Who will meet her down the aisle.

Each night I pray,
That nobody steals her heart away.
I can't wait until that lucky day
When I marry sweet Lorraine.
Track Name: Three Little Words
LYRICS
Three little words, oh what I'd give for that wonderful
Phrase
To hear those three little words, that's all I'd live for
The rest of my days

And what I feel in my heart, they tell sincerely
No other words can tell it half so clearly
Three little words, eight little letters which simply
Mean I love you
Track Name: St James Infirmary
LYRICS
I went down to St James Infirmary
Saw my baby there,
Stretched out on a long, white table,
So sweet, so cold, so fair.

I tried hard to keep from cryin'
My heart felt heavy as lead.
She was all I had to live for
I wish that it were me instead.

Let her go
Where ever she may be.
She can search this whole world over,
She'll never find a sweet man like me.

I went down to St James Infirmary
Saw my baby there,
Stretched out on a long, white table,
So sweet, so cold, so fair.

(I picked verses from a 1920s arrangement that made more sense to my own experience than the usual verses trotted out about black box coats and other, esoteric, 19th century Wild West derry-do.)
Track Name: Button Up Your Overcoat
LYRICS
Button up your overcoat
When the wind is free
Take good care of yourself
You belong to me

Eat an apple every day
Get to bed by three
Oh, take good care of yourself
You belong to me

Be careful crossing streets, ooh, ooh
Cut out sweets, ooh, ooh
Lay off meat, ooh, ooh
You'll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum

Wear your flannel underwear
When you climb a tree
Oh, take good care of yourself
You belong to me

Button up your overcoat
When the wind is free
Oh, take good care of yourself
You belong to me
Boop-boop-a-doop

When you sass a traffic cop
Use diplomacy
Just take good care of yourself
You belong to me

Beware of frozen funds, ooh, ooh
Stocks and bonds, ooh, ooh
Dockside thugs, ooh, ooh
You'll get a pain and ruin your bankroll

Keep the spoon out of your cup
When you're drinking tea
Oh, take good care of yourself
You belong to me
Track Name: I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store)
LYRICS
t was a lovely April shower,
It was a most convenient door,
I found a million dollar baby
In a five and ten cent store.
The rain continued for an hour
I hung around for three or four
Around the million dollar baby
In the five and ten cent store.

She was selling china
And when she made those eyes,
I kept buying china
Until the crowd got wise.

Incidentally,
If you should run into a shower,
Well step inside my cottage door,
And meet the million dollar baby
From the five and ten cent store
Track Name: Stormy Weather
LYRICS
Don't know why
There's no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather
Since my gal and I ain't together
Keeps raining all the time

Life is bare
gloom and misery every where
Stormy weather
Just can't get my poor self together
I'm weary all the time
The time
So weary all the time

When she went away the blues walked in
And met me
If she stays away old rocking chair will get me
All I do is pray the Lord above will let me
Walk in the sun once more

Can't go on
All I had in life is gone
Stormy weather
Since my gal and I ain't together
Keeps raining all the time
Keeps raining all the time