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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's a fresh take on swing from the 1920s and 1930s that will have you singing and dancing.

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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

credits

released November 18, 2013

Vocals - Greg Poppleton
Saxes (soprano / alto / tenor) and Clarinet - Paul Furniss
Trumpet and Trombone - Al Davey
Guitar - Grahame Conlon
Double Bass - Darcy Wright
Double Bass - Mark Harris
Drums - Lawrie Thompson

Album Cover Design:
Damon Poppleton Year 5 Newtown Public School

Engineers,
Peter Gage, Peter O'Malley and Paul Mirtschin.

With a doff of the hat to 50's croon-noir, Jimmy Vargas, for setting up the 4 hour session.

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Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters Sydney, Australia

Greg Poppleton, "Captures the essence of the 1920s - 1930s with uncanny accuracy," eJazzNews.com (USA).

“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: Sweet Sue
LYRICS:
Every star above
Knows the one I love
Sweet Sue, it's you

And the moon on high
Knows the reason why
Sweet Sue, it's you

No one else it seems
Ever shared my dreams
And without you I don't know what I'd do

In this heart of mine
You live all the time
Sweet Sue, just you
Track Name: I Can't Give You Anything But Love
LYRICS:
I can't give you anything but love, baby.
That's the only thing I've plenty of,baby.

Dream awhile, scheme awhile
You're sure to find

Happiness and I guess
All those things you've always pined for.

Gee I like to see you looking swell, baby.
Diamond bracelets Woolworth doesn't sell.

Till that lucky day you know darn well, baby.
I can't give you anything but love.
Track Name: Blue Skies
LYRICS:
Blue skies
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see

Bluebirds
Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long

Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you're in love, oh, my how they fly

Blue days
All of them gone
Nothing but blue skies
From now on
Track Name: Walking My Baby Back Home
LYRICS:
Gee, it's great after being out late,
Walking my baby back home.
Arm and arm over meadow and farm,
Walking my baby back home.

We go along harmonising a song,
Or I'm reciting a poem.
Owls go by and they give me the eye,
Walking my baby back home.

We stop for a while, she gives me a smile,
And snuggles her head on my chest.
We start in to pet and that's when I get
Her talcum all over my vest.

After I kind of straighten my tie,
She has to borrow my comb.
One kiss then I continue again,
Walking my baby back home.
Track Name: The Way You Look Tonight
LYRICS:
Some day, when I'm awfully low,
When the world is cold,
I will feel a glow just thinking of you...
And the way you look tonight.

Oh, but you're lovely, with your smile so warm
And your cheeks so soft,
There is nothing for me but to love you,
And the way you look tonight.

With each word your tenderness grows,
Tearing my fear apart...
And that laugh that wrinkles your nose,
Touches my foolish heart.

Lovely ... Never, ever change.
Keep that breathless charm.
Won't you please arrange it?
Cause I love you ... Just the way you look tonight
Track Name: Am I Blue?
LYRICS:
Am I blue
Am I blue
Ain't these tears in my eyes tellin' you
Am I blue
You would be too
If your plans with your gal
Done fell through

There was a time
I was the only one
And now I'm the sad and lonely one, lonely, lonely
Was I gay, until today
Now she's gone and we're through
Am I blue
Track Name: Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
LYRICS:
When skies are cloudy and gray
They're only gray for a day
So wrap your troubles in dreams
Dream your troubles away

Until that sunshine peeps through
There's only one thing to do
Wrap your troubles in dreams
And dream your troubles away

Castles may tumble, that's fate after all
Life's really funny that way
No use to grumble, just smile as they fall
Weren't you king for a day?

Must remember the sunshine
Always follows the rain
Wrap your troubles in dreams
And dream your troubles away
Track Name: St Louis Blues
LYRICS:
I hate to see that evening sun go down,
Hate to see that evening sun go down,
'Cause my gal, she done left this town.

If I'm feelin' tomorrow like I feel today.
If I'm feelin' tomorrow like I feel today,
I'm gonna pack my bags, make my getaway.

St. Louis woman with all her diamond rings.
Has got this man wrapped 'round her apron strings.
T'wan't for powder and for store-bought hair,
That gal of mine would not have gone nowhere, nowhere.

I've got the St. Louis blues, just as blue as I can be.
That gal, she's got a heart like a rock down in the sea,
Or else she would have not gone oh so far from me.

'Cause I loved that gal like a schoolboy loves his pie.
Like an old Kentucky colonel loves hisRussian Rye.
Yeah, I'll love that girl until the day I die.
Track Name: Am I Blue (with Tango)
LYRICS:
Am I blue
Am I blue
Ain't these tears in my eyes tellin' you
Am I blue
You would be too
If your plans with your gal
Done fell through

There was a time
I was the only one
And now I'm the sad and lonely one, lonely, lonely
Was I gay, until today
Now she's gone and we're through
Am I blue
Track Name: As Time Goes By
LYRICS:
You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.

And when two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you."
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by.

Moonlight and love songs
Never out of date.
Hearts full of passion
Jealousy and hate.
Woman needs man
And man must have his mate
That no one can deny.

It's still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die.
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by.
Track Name: Carolina In The Morning
LYRICS:
Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,
No one could be sweeter than my sweetie when I meet her in the morning.
Where the morning glories
Twine around the door,
Whispering pretty stories
I long to hear once more

Strolling with my girlie where the dew is pearly early in the morning,
Butterflies all flutter up and kiss each little buttercup at dawning,
If I had Aladdin's lamp for only a day,
I'd make a wish and here's what I'd say:
Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning.
Track Name: These Foolish Things
LYRICS: THESE FOOLISH THINGS Chorus 2

Gardenia perfume ling'ring on my pillow
Wild strawb'ries only seven francs a kilo
And still my heart has wings
These foolish things remind me of you

The smile of Garbo and the scent of roses
The waiters whistling as the last bar closes
The song that Crosby sings
These foolish things remind me of you
How strange how sweet to find you still
These things are dear to me
They seem to bring you near to me

The scent of smould'ring leaves, the wail of steamers
Two lovers on the street who walk like dreamers
Oh, how the ghost of you clings!
These foolish things remind me of you.


THESE FOOLISH THINGS Chorus 3

First daffodils and long excited cables
And flickering candle light on corner tables
And still my heart has wings
These foolish things remind me of you

The park at evening when the bell has sounded
The "Ile de France" with all the gulls around it
The beauty that is Spring's
These foolish things remind me of you

How strange how sweet to find you still
These things are dear to me
They seem to bring you near to me

The sigh of midnight trains in empty stations
Silk stockings thrown aside dance invitations
Oh, how the ghost of you clings!
These foolish things remind me of you
Track Name: Sweet Sue (Different vocal style and improvisations)
LYRICS:
Every star above
Knows the one I love
Sweet Sue, it's you

And the moon on high
Knows the reason why
Sweet Sue, it's you

No one else it seems
Ever shared my dreams
And without you I don't know what I'd do

In this heart of mine
You live all the time
Sweet Sue, just you
Track Name: I've Got The World On A String
LYRICS:
I've got the world on a string
Sitting on a rainbow
Got the string around my finger
What a world what a life
I am in love

I've got the song that I sing
I can make the rain go
Anytime I move my finger
Lucky me can't you see
I am in love

Life is a beautiful thing
As long as I hold that string
I'd be a silly so-and-so
If I should ever let you go

I’ve got the world on a string
Sitting on a rainbow
Got the string around my finger
What a world
What a life
I’m in love
Track Name: Blue Moon
LYRICS:
Blue moon, you saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own
Blue moon, you knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will hold
I heard somebody whisper "please adore me"
And when I looked, the moon had turned to gold
Blue moon, now I'm no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own