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 Decade: 1950-1959
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.
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Music USA #1422, Irving Berlin Tribute, Part I

Music USA #1422, Irving Berlin Tribute, Part I

Date: November 6, 1958
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA #1422, Tribute to Irving Berlin, Part II

Music USA #1422, Tribute to Irving Berlin, Part II

Date: November 6, 1958
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Magazine of the Air "97": "A Short History of Jazz"

Magazine of the Air "97": "A Short History of Jazz"

Date: August 18, 1959
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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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.
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Music USA #1791-B, as heard in Lagos, Nigeria

Music USA #1791-B, as heard in Lagos, Nigeria

Date: November 24, 1959
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA #1791-A, as heard in Lagos, Nigeria

Music USA #1791-A, as heard in Lagos, Nigeria

Date: November 24, 1959
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA #1664-B, Interview with Roman Waschko

Music USA #1664-B, Interview with Roman Waschko

Date: {1959-05, 1959-06}
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music from Trinidad, Part 1

Music from Trinidad, Part 1

Date: April 17, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: One of two reels of music from Trinidad found in Willis Conover's collection. The artists and recording date have not been determined.
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Music USA #434-B, Interview with Bob Shad

Music USA #434-B, Interview with Bob Shad

Date: January 26, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA #1667-B, Warsaw, Poland

Music USA #1667-B, Warsaw, Poland

Date: June 8, 1959
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA #1672-B, Warsaw, Poland

Music USA #1672-B, Warsaw, Poland

Date: June 8, 1959
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA, Interview with Andy Wiswell

Music USA, Interview with Andy Wiswell

Date: January 26, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA #1665-B, Warsaw, Poland

Music USA #1665-B, Warsaw, Poland

Date: June 7, 1959
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA #1666-B, Warsaw, Poland

Music USA #1666-B, Warsaw, Poland

Date: June 7, 1959
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Interview with Marshall Brown, John LaPorta, and Farmingdale High School students

Interview with Marshall Brown, John LaPorta, and Farmingdale High School students

Date: June 7, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA #569-A

Music USA #569-A

Date: June 21, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA #750-A

Music USA #750-A

Date: December 19, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The entire program for the first hour of Music USA, broadcast on January 17, 1957, and rebroadcast as #826-A on April 3, 1957.
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Willis Conover interviews Danny Kaye

Willis Conover interviews Danny Kaye

Date: June 28, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis & Kaye, Danny
Description: Willis Conover interviews entertainer Danny Kaye, who was serving as an ambassador-at-large for the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
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Music USA #770-B, Duke Ellington Hour

Music USA #770-B, Duke Ellington Hour

Date: January 9, 1957
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Willis Conover interviewed by Harold Rogers, BBC

Willis Conover interviewed by Harold Rogers, BBC

Date: August 4, 1957
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: Harold Rogers interviews Willis Conover for the BBC. Subjects include the five-hour Louis Armstrong interview, and Ella Fitzgerald.
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Interview with W.C. Handy, Part I

Interview with W.C. Handy, Part I

Date: 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA #1673-B, Porgy and Bess

Music USA #1673-B, Porgy and Bess

Date: May 6, 1959
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA #621-B

Music USA #621-B

Date: August 14, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast September 10, 1956.
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