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Duke Ellington Cavalcade, Parts 1 and 3

Description: In Part 1, Willis Conover's Saturday Night Dance Party program begins with Artie Shaw's "Just Kiddin' Around." Conover then discusses the rarity of some of the records he will play during this program, which is dedicated to the music of Duke Ellington, with selections "Animal Crackers," (sound drops briefly) "Bugle Call Rag," Freeze and Melt," and "Black and Tan Fantasy." In Part 3, Conover and Emerson Parker, an Ellington expert, record collector, and broadcaster at station WQQW, introduce selections including "Black Beauty" and "I've Got the World on a String."
Date: April 20, 1946
Duration: 31 minutes 07 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Duke Ellington Cavalcade, Parts 2 and 4

Description: In Part 2, Conover introduces Emerson Parker, an Ellington expert, record collector, and broadcaster at station WQQW, who introduces "Take It Easy," "Mood Indigo," "Sweet Mama," and "Hot and Bothered." In Part 4, Conover and Parker introduce "I've Got to Be a Rug Cutter," "Ebony Rhapsody," "Stompy Jones," and "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" (the end of the introduction and the tune are in part 5). Gil Lilly is credited as working in the control room.
Date: April 20, 1946
Duration: 28 minutes 46 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
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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Hazel and Harold, April 28, 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 28, 1946
Duration: 15 minutes 02 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis & Sherman, Nathalie
Partner: UNT Music Library

Duke Ellington, Medley of Hits, April 30, 1947

Description: Recording of a Duke Ellington medley of hits dated April 30, 1947, which is not listed in the Ellingtonia or Tom Lord discographies. The EllingtonWeb site places the band at the Paramount Theatre in New York at this time.
Date: April 30, 1947
Duration: 6 minutes 08 seconds
Creator: Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
Partner: UNT Music Library
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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
Duration: 59 minutes 36 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

Pop Chronicles Interviews #6 - Tony Bennett

Description: Recording of John Gilliland interviewing Tony Bennett in Fort Worth, Texas. Gilliland later used this recording in the Pop Chronicles radio program series.
Date: April 15, 1956
Duration: 22 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: Gilliland, John
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music from Trinidad, Part 1

Description: One of two reels of music from Trinidad found in Willis Conover's collection. The artists and recording date have not been determined.
Date: April 17, 1956
Duration: 27 minutes 26 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #1639-B, Benny Carter feature

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.
Date: April 11, 1959
Duration: 46 minutes
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 4/1/1964

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 of Rossini's Overture to L'Italiana in Algeri, Beethoven's Symphony No.4, and an interview with Francis Robinson.
Date: April 1, 1964
Duration: 56 minutes 26 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 4/8/1964

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 of Cimarosa's Secret Marriage Overture, Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun, Mozart's Symphony No. 35, and an interview with Bruno Zirato.
Date: April 8, 1964
Duration: 55 minutes
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 4/15/1964

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 of Act IV of Verdi's Rigoletto, Donizetti's Overture to Don Pasquale, and an interview with Peter Wilhousky.
Date: April 15, 1964
Duration: 55 minutes 32 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 4/22/1964

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 of Sibelius's The Swan of Tuonella, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, and a feature called The Eloquent Room.
Date: April 22, 1964
Duration: 54 minutes 55 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 4/29/1964

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 of Cherubini's Requiem Mass in C minor and an interview with Dave Garraway.
Date: April 29, 1964
Duration: 56 minutes 49 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 4/7/1965

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 Cherubini's Ali Baba and Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and features an interview with conductor Massimo Freccia.
Date: April 7, 1965
Duration: 30 minutes 30 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 4/14/1965

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 Features Toscanini: The Eloquent Baton.
Date: April 14, 1965
Duration: 30 minutes 23 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 4/6/1966

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 features Toscanini: The Metropolitan Years, Part III, about Toscanini's time at the Metropolitan Opera.
Date: April 6, 1966
Duration: 54 minutes 46 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 4/13/1966

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 Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre, Liadov's Kikimora, and Saint-Saëns's Symphony No. 3.
Date: April 13, 1966
Duration: 55 minutes 23 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library

NBC Radio Broadcast: Toscanini - The Man Behind the Legend, 4/20/1966

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 selections from Beethoven's Fidelio, and features an interview with soprano Eleanor Steber.
Date: April 20, 1966
Duration: 55 minutes 54 seconds
Creator: Gillis, Don
Partner: UNT Music Library
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