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A swinging year by year homage to the spirit of American song from 1926-39. The album follows the passage of popular song from the Jazz Age, through the Swing Era, to the outbreak of WWII in 1939.



Gerald H Beulah at JazzReview (US) writes:

Don’t you just appreciate pleasant surprises? Especially musical ones! There’s nothing like stumbling across an artist who is fresh, original, filled with musical integrity, and especially one that has a unique perspective on the familiar. Australian Jazz vocalist extraordinaire Greg Poppleton is such an artist; one whom this reviewer can’t say enough great things about...

The album “The Phantom Dancer” by Greg Poppleton & His Bakelite Dance Band is a delightful tribute to the swing era of 1926-1939 and approaches the material with remarkable finesse and a genuineness that places the listener squarely in the lap of nostalgic mystic

I thoroughly enjoy this CD. It’s fresh and open. The music literally pulls you into yesteryear and reminds you of the infinite palettes jazz offers and a peak into where it was in the late 20s. The musicians are incredible and their presentation is flawless. Greg Poppleton has captured the essence of the jazz singers of that era and is able to exhibit an originality that make his offering a new standard for tomorrow’s generation. You will be listening to this disc for years to come!



Since 2002, Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s and 1930s singer, has revived the songs of the Roaring 20s, Great Depression and 1930s Swing Era with his band of world-toured classic jazz musicians.

Drawing on influences like Louis Armstrong, Al Bowlly, Annette Hanshaw, Cab Calloway and very early jazz Bing Crosby, Greg has gained a loyal following through his authentic 3 octave vocals, his always top-notch swinging 1920s-30s band and his charismatic and original high-energy performances.

Greg has released 4 albums and two mixes that have received over 1 Million YouTube plays worldwide.

He's appeared in Hollywood movies with Nicole Kidman, John Goodman and Adrien Brody.

He 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.

"Greg Poppleton's music always hits the spot - so authentic sounding!"
Women's Vintage Radio (USA)

“Poppleton captures the essence of the swing years with uncanny accuracy. 5 Stars”
John Gilbert, eJazzNews.com (USA)

“The band knows what to do in terms of style. For swing enthusiasts the trivia alone (in the 8-page CD booklet) is worth the sticker price, never mind all of the nice music.”
Donny Harvey, MuzikReviews.com (USA)

“Just TRY not to sway to the music. I dare you!”
Gerald H. Beulah, Jr. JazzReview.com (USA)

Please visit Greg’s website: www.bakelitejazz.com
Write to: greg@bakelitejazz.com

credits

released May 30, 2006

Vocals - Greg Poppleton
Alto and Tenor Saxes and Clarinet - Paul Furniss
Trumpet - Bob Henderson
Piano - Peter Locke
Piano (tracks 2, 5, 7) - Matt Baker
Double Bass - Dieter Vogt
Drums - Joel Davis

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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: It's Only A Paper Moon
LYRICS
Say, it's only a paper moon,
Sailing over a cardboard sea,
But it wouldn't be make believe if you believed in me.
Yes, it's only a canvas sky,
Hanging over a muslin tree,
But it wouldn't be make-believe if you believed in me.

Without your love it's a honky tonk parade.
Without your love it's a melody played in a penny arcade.

It's a Barnum and Bailey world,
Just as phoney as it can be,
But it wouldn't be make-believe if you believed in me.
Track Name: South Of The Border
LYRICS
South of the border, down Mexico way.
That's where I fell in love when stars above come out to play.
And now as I wander, my thoughts ever stray.
South of the border, down Mexico way.

She was a picture, in old Spanish lace.
Just for a tender while I kissed the smile upon her face.
For it was fiesta and we were so gay.
South of the border, down Mexico way.

And she sighed as she whispered manana, never dreaming that we were parting.
And I lied as I whispered manana, for our tomorrow never came.

South of the border, I rode back one day.
There in a veil of white by candlelight she kneelt to pray.
The mission bells told me that I musn't stay.
South of the border, down Mexico way.

Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay (Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay)
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay (Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay)
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay (Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay)
Track Name: On The Sunny Side Of The Street
LYRICS
Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worries on the doorstep,
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street.

Can you hear that pitter-pat?
Oh, that happy tune is your step.
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street.

I used to walk in the shade with my blues on parade.
But now I'm not afraid. This rover's crossed over.

If I ever had a cent
I'd be rich as Rockefeller.
With gold dust 'round my feet
On the sunny side of the street.
Track Name: Love Me Or Leave Me
Love me or leave me and let me be lonely,
You won't believe me but I love you only,
I'd rather be lonely than happy with somebody else.

You might find the night time the right time for kissing,
But night time is my time for just reminiscing,
Regretting instead of forgetting with somebody else.

There'll be no one unless that someone is you.
I intend to be independently blue.

I want your love, I don't want to borrow.
To have it today and give back tomorrow.
For my love is your love,
There's no love for somebody else.
Track Name: Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
LYRICS

Verse

Of all the girls I've known and I've known some
Until I first met you I was lonesome
And when you came in sight, dear, my heart grew light
And this old world seemed new to me

You're really swell, I have to admit you
Deserve expressions that really fit you
And so I've racked my brain hoping to explain
All the things that you do to me

Chorus

Bei mir bist du schön, please let me explain
'Bei mir bist du schön' means you're grand
Bei mir bist du schön, again I'll explain
It means you're the fairest in the land

I could say 'bella, bella' even say 'wunderbar'
Each language only helps me tell you how grand you are
I've tried to explain, 'bei mir bist du schön'
So kiss me and say you understand
Track Name: If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
LYRICS
If I could be with you, I'd love you strong.
If I could be with you, I'd love you long.
I want you to know that I wouldn't go
Until I told you honey why I love you so.

If I could be with you, one hour tonight.
If I was free to do the things I might.
I'm telling you true, I'd be anything but blue.
If I could be with you, oh, sugar!
If I could be with you.
Track Name: Do, Do, Do
LYRICS

Verse

I remember the bliss
Of that wonderful kiss.
I knew that a boy
Could never have more joy
From any little miss.
I remember it quite;
'Twas a wonderful night.
Oh, how I'd adore it
If you would encore it.
0h -

Chorus

Do, do, do
What you've done, done, done
Before, Baby.
Do, do, do
What I do, do, do
Adore, Baby.
Let's try again,
Sigh again,
Fly again to heaven.
Baby, see
It's A B C -
I love you and you love me.

I know, know, know
What a beau, beau, beau
Should do, Baby;
So don't, don't, don't
Say it won't, won't, won't
Gome true, Baby.
My heart begins to hum -
Dum de dum de dum-dum-dum,
So do, do, do
What you've done, done, done before.
Track Name: My Blue Heaven
LYRICS
When Whippoorwills call, and the evening is nigh
I hurry to my blue heaven
A turn to the right, a little white light
Will lead you to my blue heaven

You'll see a smiling face, a fireplace, a cozy room
A little nest that nestles where the roses bloom

Jst Molly and me, and baby makes three
We're happy in my blue heaven
Track Name: Star Dust
And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we're apart

You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by

Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song

Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
A paradise where roses bloom
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love's refrain
Track Name: Would You Like To Take A Walk?
LYRICS

Verse

My little heart is full of palpitation
What I need is consolation
I'd like to stage a little celebration
In the moonlight, right away
I'll feel all pep't if you'll accept
My friendly invitation

Chorus 1

Mmm, would you like to take walk?
Mmm, do you think it's gonna rain?
Mmm, how about a sasparilla?
Gee, the moon is yeller
Sump'n good'll come from that

Mmm, have you heard the latest song?
Mmm, it's a very pretty strain
Mmm, don't you feel a little thrilly?
Gee, it's getting chilly
Sump'n good'll come from that

When you're strolling though the wherezis
You need a whozis to lean upon
But when you have no whozis
To hug and whatzis, gosh, darn

Mmm, would you like to take walk?
Mmm, do you think it's gonna rain?
Mmm, ain't you tired of the talkies?
I prefer the walkies
Sump'n good'll come from that
Track Name: Night And Day
LYRICS
Night and day, you are the one
Only you beneath the moon or under the sun
Whether near to me or far
It's no matter, darling, where you are
I think of you night and day

Night and day, why is it so
That this longing for you follows wherever I go?
In the roaring traffic's boom
In the silence of my lonely room
I think of you night and day

Night and day, under the hide of me
There's an oh, such a hungry yearning burning inside of me
And my torment won't be through
Till you let me spend my life making love to you
Day and night, night and day
Track Name: Anything Goes
LYRICS
In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, God knows,
Anything Goes.

Good authors too who once knew better words,
Now only use four letter words
Writing prose, Anything Goes.

The world has gone mad today
And good's bad today,
And black's white today,
And day's night today,
When most guys today
That women prize today
Are just silly gigolos
And though I'm not a great romancer
I know that I'm bound to answer
When you propose,
Anything goes
Track Name: East Of The Sun
LYRICS
East of the sun and west of the moon,
We'll build a dream house of love, dear.
Near to the sun in the day,
Near to the moon at night,
We'll live in a lovely way, dear,
Living on love and pale moonlight.

Just you and I,
Forever and a day;
Love will not die,
We'll keep it that way,

Up among the stars we'll find
A harmony of life to a lovely tune,
East of the sun and west of the moon, dear,
East of the sun and west of the moon.
Track Name: Two Sleepy People
LYRICS
Here we are out of cigarettes
Holding hands and yawning
Look how late it gets
Two sleepy people by dawn's early light
And too much in love to say goodnight

Here we are in the cozy chair
Guess we out to leave it but we're staying ther
Two sleepy people with nothing to say
And too much in love to break away

Do you remember the nights we used to linger in the hall?
Father did not like you at all
Do you remember the reason why we married in the fall?
To rent this little nest and get a bit of rest

Well, here we are just were we began
Drowsy little lady, dosey mister man
Two sleepy people by dawn's early light
And too much in love to say goodnight