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Aristo Theater of the Air, Part 2, October 21, 1945

Description: Mark Austad (later known as Mark Evans) hosts the second part of Aristo Theater of the Air, with selections from June Havoc (There Must Be Someone for Me); Wilbur Evans (Girls), a war bonds advertisement, and Corinna Mura (Carlotta_/
Date: October 21, 1945
Duration: 11 minutes 18 seconds
Creator: Evans, Mark, 1917-1988
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Duke Ellington at the piano, April 21, 1946, 2:05-2:35 a.m.

Description: Recording of Duke Ellington playing solo piano, following a late-night interview with Willis Conover at radio station WWDC.
Date: April 21, 1946
Duration: 23 minutes 57 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis & Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Duke Ellington Cavalcade, Parts 5 and 7

Description: In Part 5, Emerson Parker's introduction of "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" concludes, followed by the tune, along with "Solitude," "Clarinet Lament," "Ring Dem Bells," and "Hodge Podge" (introduction only, tune is in part 6). In Part 7, after station identification, Conover notes that Jerry Rhea will be joining the discussion soon, and reminisces about broadcasting during a stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center while in military service; Conover also asks listeners to send comments on the program. Parker and Conover introduce "Tootin' Through the Roof," "Pitter Panther Patter," "Warm Valley," and "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me."
Date: April 21, 1946
Duration: 28 minutes 42 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Duke Ellington Cavalcade, Parts 6 and 8

Description: In Part 6, "Hodge Podge" is followed by Willis Conover and Emerson Parker introducing, "Braggin' in Brass," "Boy Meets Horn," "Mobile Bay, and "Night Song." In Part 8, "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me" is followed by Cottontail, and Conover and Parker discussing "Take the A-Train," and "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'." Conover talks about seeing Ellington live for the first time just a few months before, at Turner's Arena.
Date: April 21, 1946
Duration: 31 minutes 05 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Duke Ellington Cavalcade, Parts 9 and 11

Description: In Part 9, Conover introduces Duke Ellington himself, along with Billy Strayhorn, to Emerson Parker, and interviews Ellington about his personnel, travel plans, and early recordings. In Part 11, the interview continues after selections from Ellington's Black, Brown & Beige Suite.
Date: April 21, 1946
Duration: 30 minutes 01 second
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Duke Ellington Cavalcade, Parts 10 and 12

Description: In Part 10, the interview with Duke Ellington continues, up to the introduction of the Black, Brown & Beige Suite. In Part 12, the interview continues further, including discussion of Mercer Ellington. Conover speaks more about his stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, along with fellow broadcaster Mark Austad (later known as Mark Evans). Jerry Rhea also speaks. Conover credits Frank Turner as the photographer for the evening (images are also in this collection), and notes that those in attendance included Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Jerry Rhea with his wife and sister, Oscar Pettiford, and Emerson Parker. The recording closes with "Ring Dem Bells."
Date: April 21, 1946
Duration: 30 minutes 56 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Hazel and Harold, April 21, 1946

Description: Recording of a radio comedy, Hazel and Harold, featuring Willis Conover as Harold and Nathalie Sherman as Hazel. The program is reminiscent of the early Ethel and Albert programs he did with Peg Lynch at WTBO in Cumberland, Maryland, before the Second World War.
Date: April 21, 1946
Duration: 15 minutes 33 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #345-B, Interview with Peggy Lee

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including tune selections and an interview with Peggy Lee.
Date: October 21, 1955
Duration: 59 minutes 22 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Interview with Benny Goodman

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.
Date: December 21, 1955
Duration: 25 minutes 31 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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Music USA #569-A

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.
Date: June 21, 1956
Duration: 59 minutes 58 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
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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Music USA #2204-B, Interview with Miriam Makeba

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, including an interview with Miriam Makeba, and tune selections from the opera "King Kong," and from the Mal Waldron Trio. This program was broadcast on January 10, 1961, and rebroadcast on July 11 of that year as Music USA #2386-B.
Date: October 21, 1960
Duration: 46 minutes 08 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Willis Conover reads a Bisquick commercial

Description: Willis Conover reads a radio commercial for Bisquick.
Date: February 21, 1962
Duration: 1 minute 21 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 8/21/1963

Description: This recording is a part of the radio series “Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend,” which was a tribute to conductor Arturo Toscanini. The broadcasts consist of music performed by the NBC Orchestra as well as interviews with composers, conductors, orchestra members, and other people associated with Toscanini. This segment includes performances of Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, and Haydn's Symphony No. 88.
Date: August 21, 1963
Duration: 55 minutes 25 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 10/21/1964

Description: This recording is a part of the radio series “Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend,” which was a tribute to conductor Arturo Toscanini. The broadcasts consist of music performed by the NBC Orchestra as well as interviews with composers, conductors, orchestra members, and other people associated with Toscanini. This segment includes performances and rehearsals of Berlioz's Queen Mab Scherzo.
Date: October 21, 1964
Duration: 30 minutes 50 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #3661-A, Music of Alec Wilder

Description: The entire program for the first hour of Music USA, broadcast January 7, 1965, featuring the music of Alec Wilder.
Date: November 21, 1964
Duration: 45 minutes 12 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 7/21/1965

Description: This recording is a part of the radio series “Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend,” which was a tribute to conductor Arturo Toscanini. The broadcasts consist of music performed by the NBC Orchestra as well as interviews with composers, conductors, orchestra members, and other people associated with Toscanini. This segment includes performances of Tchaikovsky's Overture from The Nutcracker Suite, Catalani's Dance of the Water Nymphs and Waldteufel's The Skaters' Waltz, and features an interview with music critic John Freeman.
Date: July 21, 1965
Duration: 30 minutes 56 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 9/21/1966

Description: This recording is a part of the radio series “Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend,” which was a tribute to conductor Arturo Toscanini. The broadcasts consist of music performed by the NBC Orchestra as well as interviews with composers, conductors, orchestra members, and other people associated with Toscanini. This segment includes performances of Rossini's Overture to Il signor Bruschino, Prokofiev's Classical Symphony and Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, and an interview with NBC Orchestra's principle trumpet player, Harry Glantz.
Date: September 21, 1966
Duration: 54 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 12/21/1966

Description: This recording is a part of the radio series “Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend,” which was a tribute to conductor Arturo Toscanini. The broadcasts consist of music performed by the NBC Orchestra as well as interviews with composers, conductors, orchestra members, and other people associated with Toscanini. This segment includes performances of Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor, Gluck's Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orfeo ed Euridice and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.
Date: December 21, 1966
Duration: 52 minutes 32 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library
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