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Willis Conover: American Jazz #1

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.
Date: August 23, 1949
Duration: 14 minutes 46 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Voice of America: Music of America

Description: Willis Conover hosts a program on the music of Duke Ellington, specifically made for listeners in Sweden, possibly in 1949, when similar programs were made.
Date: 194u
Duration: 15 minutes 04 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Voice of America jazz program for Sweden

Description: Willis Conover hosts a jazz program featuring the music of Duke Ellington for the Voice of America. The program was specifically geared toward Sweden, possibly in 1949, when similar recordings were made. This program predates his main tenure with the Voice of America, which began in late 1954 / early 1955.
Date: 194u
Duration: 8 minutes 20 seconds
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #695-B, Hungarian Jazz Guests

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.
Date: November 21, 1956
Duration: 1 hour 59 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Louis Armstrong interview, third hour

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.
Date: July 13, 1956
Duration: 57 minutes 35 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Louis Armstrong interview, second hour

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.
Date: July 13, 1956
Duration: 58 minutes 24 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Interview with Marshall Brown and George Wein

Description: Willis Conover interviews Marshall Brown and George Wein about their 20-nation talent-searching tour for Newport International Youth Band. This recording is the raw audio, apparently incorporated into Music USA program #1147-B.
Date: December 4, 1957
Duration: 24 minutes 27 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Louis Armstrong interview, first hour

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.
Date: July 13, 1956
Duration: 58 minutes 21 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Louis Armstrong interview, fourth hour

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.
Date: July 13, 1956
Duration: 58 minutes 40 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Interviews with Billy Eckstine and Teddi King

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).
Date: January 21, 1956
Duration: 32 minutes 58 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Ben Grauer interviews Willis Conover

Description: Recording of the raw audio of an interview with Willis Conover by Ben Grauer. Grauer mentions that Conover has hosted his program on the Voice of America for the past 20 years, placing the date around 1975. This interview is about Conover's book Lovecraft at Last. There are frequent interjections from someone off-microphone. This audio was used in an episode of the VOA program "New York, New York with Ben Grauer."
Date: 197X
Duration: 57 minutes 10 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis & Grauer, Ben
Partner: UNT Music Library
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