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 Collection: Music Library Conover Collection
Willis Conover: "Navy Shakes Up Big Brass"
Photograph of Willis Conover and an unidentified man in an apparent publicity photo for radio station WWDC. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743777/
Willis Conover with Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and others
Photograph of Willis Conover, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and other band members and friends. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743808/
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton
Photograph of Willis Conover and Stan Kenton in an interview at radio station WWDC, in Washington, D.C., likely in 1947. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743807/
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton (2)
Photograph of Willis Conover and Stan Kenton. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743864/
Willis Conover with three people
Photograph of Willis Conover with three unidentified people. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743860/
Count Basie with Willis Conover, others
Photograph of Count Basie, an unidentified person, Jimmy Rushing, and Willis Conover digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743775/
Willis Conover at the microphone
Photograph of Willis Conover at a microphone at radio station WWDC, Washington, D.C., holding a cigarette in one hand, and the May 1949 issue of Metronome magazine in the other. Fran Warren is on the cover of the magazine. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743870/
Willis Conover on television
Photograph of Willis Conover on television, likely for WNBW (now WRC). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc743893/
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 Presents "The" Orchestra of Washington, D.C. - 4
A recording only labeled "Sir Oliver," dated November 30, 1951, and likely of "The" Orchestra of Washington, D.C. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc847795/
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/
Willis Conover interview with Johnny Hodges
Willis Conover interviews Johnny Hodges. The intended program and broadcaster are not stated. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc701827/
Music USA #131-B, Interview with Kai Winding
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Kai Winding. This is the first interview conducted for Music USA. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc701833/
Music USA #172-B, Interview with Art Tatum
Willis Conover interviews Art Tatum, with selected Tatum recordings. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc701825/
Music USA #181-B, Interview with Billy Taylor
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with pianist Billy Taylor. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770494/
Music USA #191-B, Interview with Marian McPartland
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Marian McPartland digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772516/
Willis Conover's House of Sounds, WEAM - Interview with Woody Herman, Bobby Hackett, Louis Armstrong
An interview with Woody Herman, Bobby Hackett, and Louis Armstrong, conducted in late June of 1955, in connection with the performance of Louis Armstrong and His All Stars at the Carter Barron Amphitheater, Washington, D.C. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc701828/
Music USA #219-B, Interview with George Shearing
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with George Shearing. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770490/
Music USA #226-B, Interviews with Barney Bigard, Bobby Hackett, Woody Herman, and Louis Armstrong
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and interviews with Barney Bigard, Bobby Hackett, Woody Herman, and Louis Armstrong. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770493/
Music USA #230-B, Interview with Chet Baker
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Chet Baker. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770489/
Music USA #251-B, Interview with Eartha Kitt
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Eartha Kitt. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770491/
Biography in Rhythm
A 1955 radio program presenting an account of the history of jazz. Willis Conover later adapted this program's introduction for use in the Jazz at the Smithsonian television programs which he hosted. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772510/
Music USA #295-B, Interviews with John Lewis and Sarah Vaughan
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and interviews with John Lewis and Sarah Vaughan. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770492/
Music USA #300-B, Interview with Duke Ellington, Part I
The first part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections. The interview occurs in Part II. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772506/
Music USA #300-B, Interview with Duke Ellington, Part II
The second part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Duke Ellington. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772509/
Music USA #345-B, Interview with Peggy Lee
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Peggy Lee. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770495/
Music USA #310-B, Interview with Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, Part I
The first part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772514/
Music USA #310-B, Interview with Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, Part II
The second part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772508/
Music USA #357-B, Interview with Dave Brubeck
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Dave Brubeck. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc701831/
Music USA: Transcript of interview with Dave Brubeck
Transcript of Willis Conover's interview with Dave Brubeck for Music USA program #357-B. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770637/
Music USA #365-B, Interview with George Avakian
Willis Conover interviews George Avakian. This recording only contains the interview, and not the full program. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc701829/
Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part I
Part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Milt Gabler. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772512/
Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part II
Part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Milt Gabler. "Laura," the last selection in this part, was not included in the final broadcast. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772505/
Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part III
Part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Milt Gabler. The first and second selections in this part, "Laura" and "Spanish Lace," were not included in the final broadcast. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772513/
Music USA #399-B, Interview with Bob Thiele and Steve Allen, Part I
The first part of the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Bob Thiele. The interview with Steve Allen occurs in Part II. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772507/
Interview with Benny Goodman
Unedited audio of Willis Conover's interview with Benny Goodman, including short statements for various broadcast services within VOA, and a longer interview presumably for Music USA #394-B. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772504/
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/
Interview with W.C. Handy, Part II
The second part of Willis Conover's extended interview with W.C. Handy. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800495/
Louis Armstrong interview transcript, fifth hour
A transcript of the fifth hour of Willis Conover's interview with Louis Armstrong on July 13, 1956, with corrections made in blue ink by Conover. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770641/
Interviews with Billy Eckstine and Teddi King
Willis Conover interviews Billy Eckstine and Teddi King at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, on the RCA Victor Starliner train. Eckstine and King were performing to benefit the March of Dimes; the interviews were apparently used in Music USA programs #420-B (Eckstine) and #421-B (King). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790424/
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/
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 #429-B, Interview with Eddie Condon
The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Eddie Condon. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772511/
Music USA: Transcript of interview with Billie Holiday
Transcript of Willis Conover's interview with Billie Holiday for Music USA program #447-B, broadcast March 20, 1956. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770636/
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/
Interviews with June Christy, Nat "King" Cole, Ted Heath, and Bob Flanigan
Willis Conover interviews June Christy, Nat "King" Cole, Ted Heath, and Bob Flanigan backstage at a performance at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C. The interview with Nat "King" Cole was likely used in Music USA program #520-B. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790425/
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/
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: Transcript of Clifford Brown Memorial Program
Transcript of Music USA program #576-B, a tribute to jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, who died on June 26, 1956. The original interview was done on December 6, 1955, and first aired on Music USA #376-B. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770640/