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Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part III

Music USA #392-B, Interview with Milt Gabler, Part III

Date: December 1, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Music USA #399-B, Interview with Bob Thiele and Steve Allen, Part I

Music USA #399-B, Interview with Bob Thiele and Steve Allen, Part I

Date: December 2, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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Interview with Benny Goodman

Interview with Benny Goodman

Date: December 21, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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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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Interview with W.C. Handy, Part II

Interview with W.C. Handy, Part II

Date: 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The second part of Willis Conover's extended interview with W.C. Handy.
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Interviews with Billy Eckstine and Teddi King

Interviews with Billy Eckstine and Teddi King

Date: January 21, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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).
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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, 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 #429-B, Interview with Eddie Condon

Music USA #429-B, Interview with Eddie Condon

Date: January 31, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Eddie Condon.
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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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Interviews with June Christy, Nat "King" Cole, Ted Heath, and Bob Flanigan

Interviews with June Christy, Nat "King" Cole, Ted Heath, and Bob Flanigan

Date: May 1, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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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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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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Dizzy Gillespie at Birdland

Dizzy Gillespie at Birdland

Date: July 2, 1956
Creator: Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993 & Roberts, Bill
Description: A French-language program featuring Dizzy Gillespie performing at Birdland, along with an interview with John Hammond.
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Louis Armstrong interview, fifth hour

Louis Armstrong interview, fifth hour

Date: July 13, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The fifth of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career, with musical selections interspersed.
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Louis Armstrong interview, first hour

Louis Armstrong interview, first hour

Date: July 13, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The first of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses his early life and career, interspersed with musical selections.
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Louis Armstrong interview, fourth hour

Louis Armstrong interview, fourth hour

Date: July 13, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The fourth of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses playing the trumpet, his health, and race relations, with musical selections interspersed.
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Louis Armstrong interview, second hour

Louis Armstrong interview, second hour

Date: July 13, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The second of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses the Hot Five and scat singing, interspersed with musical selections.
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Louis Armstrong interview, third hour

Louis Armstrong interview, third hour

Date: July 13, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The third of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses his favorite musicians, with musical selections interspersed.
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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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Music USA #695-B, Hungarian Jazz Guests

Music USA #695-B, Hungarian Jazz Guests

Date: November 21, 1956
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, aired on November 23, 1956. This program features Hungarian jazz musicians who sent a recording to Conover shortly before the Hungarian Uprising of 1956; this hour was apparently was quickly assembled to replace the original program #695-B which had been recorded in October, but set aside for this replacement. The musicians remain unnamed, presumably for their safety, as Conover notes that it is unknown whether the musicians in the recording were still alive. Gerry Mulligan, Tony Scott, Quincy Jones, J.J. Johnson, and Billy Taylor comment on the musical selections.
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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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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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