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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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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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Music USA #1092-A, Around the World at Christmas, Part I

Music USA #1092-A, Around the World at Christmas, Part I

Date: October 23, 1957
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: Part I of the first hour of Music USA for broadcast on Christmas Day in 1957.
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Music USA #1092-A, Around the World at Christmas, Part II

Music USA #1092-A, Around the World at Christmas, Part II

Date: October 23, 1957
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: Part II of the first hour of Music USA for broadcast on Christmas Day in 1957.
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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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Louis Armstrong reel addressed to Joe Glaser

Louis Armstrong reel addressed to Joe Glaser

Date: 1959
Creator: Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971
Description: A tape from Louis Armstrong, with the container addressed to his manager, Joe Glaser. The contents of the tape include recorded music and a spoken message from Armstrong.
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Music USA #1639-B, Benny Carter feature

Music USA #1639-B, Benny Carter feature

Date: April 11, 1959
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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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 #1638-B, Jazz from Tunis

Music USA #1638-B, Jazz from Tunis

Date: May 19, 1959
Creator: Conover, Willis
Description: 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.
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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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