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 Collection: Music Library Conover Collection
Gerry Mulligan, Moscow Jam Session, 1967, Part I
The first of two recordings from which selections for Music USA #4618-B were taken, featuring Gerry Mulligan playing a borrowed alto saxophone in a jam session at Moscow's Molodezhnoe (Youth) Café. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824873/
Gerry Mulligan, Moscow Jam Session, 1967, Part II
The second of two recordings from which selections for Music USA #4618-B were taken, featuring Gerry Mulligan playing a borrowed alto saxophone in a jam session at Moscow's Molodezhnoe (Youth) Café. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824877/
Music USA #4618-B, Gerry Mulligan in Moscow
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast August 22, 1967, featuring selections from a jam session at the Molodezhnoe (Youth) Café in which Gerry Mulligan played a borrowed alto saxophone. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824875/
Music USA #1422, Irving Berlin Tribute, Part I
The first hour of a two-hour tribute to Irving Berlin, in the year that Berlin turned 70, broadcast November 20, 1958. The program includes numerous interviews with popular artists and selected Berlin compositions which they recorded, including Guy Lombardo (interview dated September 17, 1958), Ginger Rogers (interview dated August 28, 1958), Rudy Vallee, and Fred Astaire. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824872/
Music USA #2149-B, Interview with André Previn
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast November 16, 1960, including tune selections and an interview with André Previn. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824874/
Music USA #4773-A, Duke Ellington at Tanglewood
The entire program for the first hour of Music USA, broadcast on January 24, 1968. It was originally recorded as Music USA #4740-A, broadcast on December 22, 1967. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824869/
Music USA #2799-B: Joe Williams at Newport, 1962
Part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast August 28, 1962, and later rebroadcast as Music USA #3620-B. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824870/
Music USA #1422, Tribute to Irving Berlin, Part II
The second hour of a two-hour tribute to Irving Berlin, in the year that Berlin turned 70, broadcast November 20, 1958. The program includes numerous interviews with popular artists and selected Berlin compositions which they recorded, including Bing Crosby (interview dated August 28, 1958), Benny Goodman, Ethel Merman, Fred Waring (interview dated October 1, 1958), and Eddie Cantor, with brief statements by Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Weston, Jo Stafford, Paul Whiteman, an interview with Berlin himself, and a statement from President Eisenhower. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824876/
Magazine of the Air "97": "A Short History of Jazz"
A short Indonesian-language program on the history of jazz, including excerpts of recordings. "Magazine of the Air" was a weekly program of the Voice of America, broadcast on Tuesdays. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824871/
Interviews at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1967
Willis Conover interviews Flavio Ambrosetti, Franco Ambrosetti, Daniel Humair, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and George Gruntz at the 1967 Monterey Jazz Festival. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824878/
Music USA #2233-B, Interview with Woody Herman
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast on February 8, 1961, and later rebroadcast as Music USA #2457-B. This program is the second of a series of three which feature the music of Woody Herman and include an interview with him. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824820/
Music USA #2234-B, Interview with Woody Herman
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast on February 9, 1961, and later rebroadcast as Music USA #2458-B. This program is the third of a series of three which feature the music of Woody Herman and include an interview with him. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824821/
Louis Armstrong playing "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean," and singing "This is the Voice of America"
Louis Armstrong playing and singing "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" (the melody used in the VOA interval signal) and singing "This is the Voice of America, Washington, D.C." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824822/
Music USA #2232-B, Interview with Woody Herman
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast on February 7, 1961, and later rebroadcast as Music USA #2456-B. This program is the first of a series of three which feature the music of Woody Herman and include an interview with him. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824823/
Groggy's Mambo and other selections
A live recording of mambo selections. The title "Groggy's Mambo" appears to refer to Maurice "Groggy" Gervitsch, the proprietor of the Cairo Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Gervitsch organized mambo dances in 1954. The group may have been led by Buddy Rowell. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824408/
Music USA #1791-B, as heard in Lagos, Nigeria
A broadcast of Music USA transmitted by station WLWO in Cincinnati, Ohio, and recorded off of shortwave radio in Lagos, Nigeria. It was sent to the Voice of America to document the quality of radio reception in that area, and this hour includes most of Music USA 1791-B, a repeat of Music USA #1619-B, which was a tribute to Lester Young. As a live broadcast, the recording also includes news breaks and station identification. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824410/
Music USA #1791-A, as heard in Lagos, Nigeria
A broadcast of Music USA transmitted by station WLWO in Cincinnati, Ohio, and recorded off of shortwave radio in Lagos, Nigeria. It was sent to the Voice of America to document the quality of radio reception in that area. As a live broadcast, the recording also includes news breaks and station identification. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824409/
Interview with Ella Fitzgerald, for Voices of VISTA #127
Willis Conover interviews Ella Fitzgerald for "Voices of VISTA" program number 127. The short programs featured various celebrities and were used, like Treasury broadcasts in decades past, to promote the U.S. government's Volunteers in Service to America program. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824411/
Interview with Gil Evans
An interview with Gil Evans, apparently included in Music USA #4884-B, broadcast May 16, 1968. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824407/
Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, and Billy Taylor discuss jazz and Africa
A recording of a discussion on jazz and Africa by Billy Taylor, Quincy Jones, and Dizzy Gillespie, apparently made for use in Music USA #2352-B. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824412/
Music USA #1664-B, Interview with Roman Waschko
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast July 20, 1959. This episode was the first of a series following Conover's highly successful trip to Poland earlier that year, and includes an interview with Roman Waschko, president of the Polish Jazz Federation. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824278/
Music USA, Ben Webster in Copenhagen, 1965
An unedited program for the second hour (jazz hour) of Music USA, featuring performances by Ben Webster in Copenhagen, Denmark, in September of 1965. A program number and date have not been located; the recording includes technical difficulties encountered on the first selection. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824279/
Music from Trinidad, Part 1
One of two reels of music from Trinidad found in Willis Conover's collection. The artists and recording date have not been determined. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824274/
Music USA #434-B, Interview with Bob Shad
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Bob Shad, director of artists and repertoire (A&R) at Mercury Records, broadcast March 7, 1956. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824271/
Willis Conover interviewed in Denmark
An interview with Willis Conover, following an introduction in Danish. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824273/
Music USA #1667-B, Warsaw, Poland
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast July 23, 1959. This episode was the fourth of a series following Conover's trip to Poland earlier that year, and featured the first part of the second concert at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall during Conover's visit. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824275/
Music USA #3661-A, Music of Alec Wilder
The entire program for the first hour of Music USA, broadcast January 7, 1965, featuring the music of Alec Wilder. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824276/
Music USA #3661-B, Interview with Alec Wilder
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast January 7, 1965, including tune selections and an interview with Alec Wilder. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824277/
Music USA #1672-B, Warsaw, Poland
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast July 28, 1959. This episode was the fifth and final part of a series following Conover's trip to Poland earlier that year, and featured the second part of the second concert at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall during Conover's visit. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824280/
Music USA, Interview with Andy Wiswell
An unedited program, without theme music or a program number, but likely intended for the first hour of Music USA, including an interview with Andy Wiswell, director of artists and repertoire (A&R) at Capitol Records. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824281/
Music USA #2205-B, South African jazz opera "King Kong"
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast January 11, 1962, featuring a brief interview with Miriam Makeba, and the South African jazz opera "King Kong." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824283/
Music USA #1665-B, Warsaw, Poland
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast July 21, 1959. This episode was the second of a series following Conover's highly successful trip to Poland earlier that year, and featured the first part of the first concert at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall during Conover's visit. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824282/
Music USA #1666-B, Warsaw, Poland
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast July 22, 1959. This episode was the third of a series following Conover's trip to Poland earlier that year, and featured the second part of the first concert at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall during Conover's visit. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824270/
Interview with Marshall Brown, John LaPorta, and Farmingdale High School students
The interview which accompanied Music USA #551-B, broadcast July 2, 1956, featuring Marshall Brown, John LaPorta, and four Farmingdale (New York) High School students. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824272/
Music USA #569-A
The entire program for the first hour of Music USA, broadcast on July 10, 1956, and rebroadcast as #831-A on April 8, 1957. On internal documents, Conover had rated the program "AA," indicating that it was one he was particularly pleased with. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800488/
Music USA #750-A
The entire program for the first hour of Music USA, broadcast on January 17, 1957, and rebroadcast as #826-A on April 3, 1957. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800486/
Willis Conover interviews Danny Kaye
Willis Conover interviews entertainer Danny Kaye, who was serving as an ambassador-at-large for the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800483/
Music USA #770-B, Duke Ellington Hour
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, featuring the music of Duke Ellington, with selections from the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, including the entirety of "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue." This program was broadcast on February 6, 1957. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800493/
Willis Conover Presents "The" Orchestra of Washington, D.C. - 2
A live performance of "The" Orchestra. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800492/
Music USA #2204-B, Interview with Miriam Makeba
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including an interview with Miriam Makeba, and tune selections from the opera "King Kong," and from the Mal Waldron Trio. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800491/
Willis Conover interviewed by Harold Rogers, BBC
Harold Rogers interviews Willis Conover for the BBC. Subjects include the five-hour Louis Armstrong interview, and Ella Fitzgerald. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800494/
Interview with W.C. Handy, Part I
The first part of Willis Conover's extended interview with W.C. Handy. This recording is the raw audio, and includes a glitch in the tape in the opening seconds, and other preliminaries before the interview begins. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800490/
Willis Conover interviewed by Steve Allison, WWDC, Part I
Steve Allison interviews Willis Conover in the second half of 1960 -- the date is surmised from the mention of the riots at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival. Allison conducted his interviews from the Black Saddle House of Beef restaurant in Washington, D.C. (709 18th St. NW). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800489/
Willis Conover interviewed by Steve Allison, WWDC, Part II
Steve Allison interviews Willis Conover in the second half of 1960 -- the date is surmised from the mention of the riots at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival. Allison conducted his interviews from the Black Saddle House of Beef restaurant in Washington, D.C. (709 18th St. NW). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800496/
Music USA #1673-B, Porgy and Bess
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, featuring songs from Porgy and Bess, sung by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. This program was broadcast on July 29, 1959, and rebroadcast as #1819-B on December 22, 1959. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800482/
Music USA #621-B
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast September 10, 1956. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800481/
Music USA #1638-B, Jazz from Tunis
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA. This program replaced the original #1638-B only for the broadcast to North Africa on June 24, 1959. The original #1638-B was broadcast as #1737-B on October 1, 1959. This program, the Tunisian jazz feature, was later broadcast worldwide as #1917-B on March 29, 1960. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800487/
Chicago Theater of the Air: Yma Sumac
A recording found in Willis Conover's collection of reel-to-reel tapes: Yma Sumac performs at the 22nd annual Chicagoland Music Festival, at Soldier Field. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800484/
Willis Conover, program pilot for WGMS, "Speaking of Jazz"
Willis Conover's pilot program for WGMS, "Washington's Good Music Station," in Washington, D.C. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800479/
Music USA #1639-B, Benny Carter feature
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast June 25, 1959. This episode featured the music of saxophonist Benny Carter, and may have been rebroadcast as #1719-B on September 13, 1959. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800480/
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