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Nat "King" Cole Trio with Willis Conover

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.
Date: October 9, 1946
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

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
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Chicago Theater of the Air: Yma Sumac

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.
Date: August 25, 1951
Creator: Sumac, Yma
Partner: UNT Music Library

Groggy's Mambo and other selections

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.
Date: 1954~
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Dripsody

Description: Recording of Hugh le Caine's Dripsody. It is an study for variable speed recorder. It was composed in one night. Le Caine used a recording of a drop of water falling into a bucket, which he re- recorded different speeds, obtaining the heights of a pentatonic scale. Using 25 connectors and the variable speed tape recorder, it produced thousands of sound effects. Dripsody begins with the original sound of the water drop, repetition loop. Shortly afterwards, by adding more loops, the density of the sound increases and an arpeggio figure is produced. The complete work, lasting one minute and twenty-six seconds, was finished at 7.30 am, and Le Caine played it for those who arrived at the laboratory.
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Date: 1955
Creator: Le Caine, Hugh, 1914-1977
Partner: UNT Music Library

Music USA #131-B, Interview with Kai Winding

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.
Date: April 15, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Music USA #181-B, Interview with Billy Taylor

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

Music USA #191-B, Interview with Marian McPartland

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Marian McPartland
Date: June 1, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Music USA #219-B, Interview with George Shearing

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

Music USA #230-B, Interview with Chet Baker

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Chet Baker.
Date: June 29, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Music USA #251-B, Interview with Eartha Kitt

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Eartha Kitt.
Date: July 20, 1955
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Biography in Rhythm

Description: A 1955 radio program presenting an account of the history of jazz. Willis Conover later adapted this program's introduction for use in the Jazz at the Smithsonian television programs which he hosted.
Date: July 26, 1955
Creator: National Broadcasting Company
Partner: UNT Music Library