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Willis Conover interviews Johnny Mercer

Description: Part 3 of 4 segments of raw audio of Willis Conover's 1970 interview with Johnny Mercer, which was used in the series of seven memorial broadcasts between program numbers #7879-A and #7893-A.
Date: January 30, 1970
Duration: 33 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Willis Conover interviews Mort Sahl

Description: Willis Conover interviews Mort Sahl.
Date: March 13, 1964
Duration: 13 minutes 10 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 th… more
Date: November 21, 1956
Duration: 1 hour 59 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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Willis Conover interviews Lynda Johnson

Description: Willis Conover interview Lynda Bird Johnson, the elder daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Date: June 16, 1964
Duration: 25 minutes 21 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Interviews at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1967

Description: Willis Conover interviews Flavio Ambrosetti, Franco Ambrosetti, Daniel Humair, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and George Gruntz at the 1967 Monterey Jazz Festival.
Date: unknown
Duration: 29 minutes 14 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: unknown
Duration: 24 minutes 27 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Interview with W.C. Handy, Part I

Description: The first part of Willis Conover's extended interview with W.C. Handy. This recording is the raw audio, and includes a glitch in the tape in the opening seconds, and other preliminaries before the interview begins.
Date: 1956
Duration: 46 minutes 58 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #7428-B, funeral of Duke Ellington, Part II

Description: The entire program for the jazz hour (second hour) of Music USA, broadcast May 2, 1975. The program contains Part II of the funeral of Duke Ellington, on May 27, 1974, as broadcast on radio, possibly by station WRVR.
Date: May 2, 1975
Duration: 46 minutes 20 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Voices of VISTA: Interview with Marilyn Maye

Description: Willis Conover interviews singer Marilyn Maye for Voices of VISTA program #117. This recording is the raw audio which was later incorporated into the program.
Date: December 9, 1967
Duration: 17 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Bob LaPlante interview with Don Byas; unidentified recording

Description: In the first track, Bob LaPlante interviews Don Byas in 1965. The second track, from the other side of the tape reel, is an unidentified jazz ensemble for roughly the first half. The ensemble in the second half is identified at 27:05 as the Ole Dixon Trio.
Date: November 2, 1965
Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes 45 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Bob Dixon, WCBS, July 5, 1962

Description: Bob Dixon's program on WBCS for July 5, 1962, with several guest speakers on poet Robert Frost. A segment by Ralph Story is interpolated near the beginning.
Date: July 5, 1962
Duration: 36 minutes 36 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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EnBee Jamboree, June 14, 1947; labor dispute arbitration

Description: On side 1, Willis Conover hosts a program advertising the holdings of EnBee Record Sales, at 1016 7th St NW in Washington, D.C. The theme song is Stan Kenton's "Machito,"and other selections include Roy Milton's "Camille's Boogie"; Duke Ellington, "Minnehaha Part 2"; Reverend Utah Smith, "God's Mighty Hand;" and Herb Jeffries, "When I Write My Song." Side 2 contains a labor arbitration hearing between the Bakery and Confectionary Union Local 350 AFL, an employer (Mr. C), and a former employee (… more
Date: June 14, 1947
Duration: 27 minutes 36 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Music USA #172-B, Interview with Art Tatum

Description: Willis Conover interviews Art Tatum, with selected Tatum recordings. Playlists and schedules within the Conover collection confirm the program was assembled in May, but Tatum's performances in Washington, D.C. in early April provide an approximate interview date.
Date: May 18, 1955
Duration: 13 minutes 13 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis & Tatum, Art, 1909-1956
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Willis Conover, program pilot for Ballantine Ale

Description: A short pilot program, from the early 1950s, followed by Conover discussing the various programs he hosted in the Washington, D.C. area. The pilot combines elements of WEAM's "House of Sounds" and a late-night program at that station. The tape had been previously used, and may have come from WEAM, which was a country music station at the time; remnants of a country music show or pilot follow Conover's material, and include a performance by the Bluegrass Valley Boys.
Date: 195X
Duration: 14 minutes 50 seconds
Creator: Conover, Willis
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
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