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 Collection: Music Library Conover Collection
Willis Conover: "Navy Shakes Up Big Brass"

Willis Conover: "Navy Shakes Up Big Brass"

Date: 1946~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Willis Conover and an unidentified man in an apparent publicity photo for radio station WWDC.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover with Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and others

Willis Conover with Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and others

Date: April 1946
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Willis Conover, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and other band members and friends.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Nat "King" Cole Trio with Willis Conover

Nat "King" Cole Trio with Willis Conover

Date: October 9, 1946
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: Willis Conover presents Nat "King" Cole and his trio in a special message broadcast to his sister, Elizabeth, on the occasion of her wedding.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton

Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton

Date: 1947?
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Willis Conover and Stan Kenton in an interview at radio station WWDC, in Washington, D.C., likely in 1947.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton (2)

Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton (2)

Date: 1947~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Willis Conover and Stan Kenton.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover with three people

Willis Conover with three people

Date: 1947~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Willis Conover with three unidentified people.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton, WWDC, January 14, 1947, Part II

Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton, WWDC, January 14, 1947, Part II

Date: January 14, 1947
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton, WWDC, January 14, 1947, Part III

Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton, WWDC, January 14, 1947, Part III

Date: January 14, 1947
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton, WWDC, January 14, 1947, Part IV

Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton, WWDC, January 14, 1947, Part IV

Date: January 14, 1947
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: Willis Conover interviews Stan Kenton
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Count Basie with Willis Conover, others

Count Basie with Willis Conover, others

Date: 1948~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Count Basie, an unidentified person, Jimmy Rushing, and Willis Conover
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
WWDC, Meet the Composer: Duke Ellington, Part I

WWDC, Meet the Composer: Duke Ellington, Part I

Date: October 31, 1948
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: Willis Conover presents a program on the music of Duke Ellington.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover at the microphone

Willis Conover at the microphone

Date: 1949
Creator: unknown
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover: American Jazz #1

Willis Conover: American Jazz #1

Date: August 23, 1949
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The second part of a broadcast which featured Willis Conover discussing the music of Duke Ellington, followed by a translation in Swedish by an unknown speaker. This program occurred more than five years before the beginning of Conover's long-running VOA program, Music USA.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover on television

Willis Conover on television

Date: 1951~
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Willis Conover on television, likely for WNBW (now WRC).
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Chicago Theater of the Air: Yma Sumac

Chicago Theater of the Air: Yma Sumac

Date: August 25, 1951
Creator: Sumac, Yma
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover Presents "The" Orchestra of Washington, D.C. - 4

Willis Conover Presents "The" Orchestra of Washington, D.C. - 4

Date: November 30, 1951
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: A recording only labeled "Sir Oliver," dated November 30, 1951, and likely of "The" Orchestra of Washington, D.C.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Groggy's Mambo and other selections

Groggy's Mambo and other selections

Date: 1954~
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover interview with Johnny Hodges

Willis Conover interview with Johnny Hodges

Date: February 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: Willis Conover interviews Johnny Hodges. The intended program and broadcaster are not stated.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Music USA #131-B, Interview with Kai Winding

Music USA #131-B, Interview with Kai Winding

Date: April 15, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Music USA #172-B, Interview with Art Tatum

Music USA #172-B, Interview with Art Tatum

Date: May 18, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis & Tatum, Art, 1909-1956
Description: Willis Conover interviews Art Tatum, with selected Tatum recordings.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Music USA #181-B, Interview with Billy Taylor

Music USA #181-B, Interview with Billy Taylor

Date: May 25, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with pianist Billy Taylor.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Music USA #191-B, Interview with Marian McPartland

Music USA #191-B, Interview with Marian McPartland

Date: June 1, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Marian McPartland
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Willis Conover's House of Sounds, WEAM - Interview with Woody Herman, Bobby Hackett, Louis Armstrong

Willis Conover's House of Sounds, WEAM - Interview with Woody Herman, Bobby Hackett, Louis Armstrong

Date: June 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library
Music USA #219-B, Interview with George Shearing

Music USA #219-B, Interview with George Shearing

Date: June 22, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with George Shearing.
Contributing Partner: UNT Music Library