The Fish Fry with Neal Murray

Series produced by WHRV

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Two hours of Big Band music hosted weekly by Neal Murray.

The "big bands" have always been with us, but during the 1930s and 1940s they virtually owned popular music. The Swing Era, in particular defined American popular music from about 1935 to 1945. This program presents highlights throughout this era, but ranges further afield to include singers, bands and musicians as they evolve from their swing roots into some of the most popular music stars in the world--people like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and more.... We also reach back into the 1920s to explore the beginnings of the Jazz Age and blues....


237 Pieces

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This week, a leap-year birthday, another pair of Ethel Waters sides, novelty recordings for Capitol Records, Fats Waller and His Rhythm, Bobby Hack...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:26
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This week, Jimmy Dorsey on film, Buddy Morrow in the 50s, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Ray Noble, Will Bradley, and the next pair of Ethel Waters re...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:38
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Hearts and flowers -- the Valentine's Day edition of the program...

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:34
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This week, we'll hear broadcast performances from Harry James and Elliot Lawrence, as well as James P. Johnson, Ozzie Nelson, Artie Shaw, Billy But...

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:17
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This week, music from Fred Waring, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey, Roy Eldridge, Sam Lanin, as well as our next pair of Ethel Waters recordings...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:42
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This week, another pair of Ethel Waters records, plus music from Gene Krupa, Buddy Johnson, Duke Ellington, Billy Butterfield, Jimmie Lunceford, an...

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  • Added: Jan 23, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:14
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This week, Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall concert...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:26
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This week, the next pair of Ethel Waters recordings from the 30s; also, one of Billy May's first arranging jobs, Les Brown's first band, Artie Sh...

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  • Added: Jan 09, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:26
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This week, we'll continue the Ethel Waters series; also, Slim & Slam, Nat Cole, Sam Lanin, Si Zentner, Irving Fazola, and others...

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:13
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This week, we'll wind up the year 2015 with many of your favorites...

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  • Added: Dec 26, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:10
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  • Added: Dec 19, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:41
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  • Added: Dec 12, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:36
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This week, the next installment in the Ethel Waters series; also, music from Teddy Powell, Keely Smith, Fletcher Henderson, Eddie Duchin, Bob Ch...

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  • Added: Dec 05, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:16
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This week, a couple more Ethel Waters recordings; also, John Kirby, Eddie South, George Wettling, Ben Selvin, Duke Ellington and more...

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  • Added: Nov 28, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:12
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This week, Stan Freberg's history lesson; also, another pair of Ethel Waters recordings, Coleman Hawkins in Europe, Quincy Jones, Ray McKinley, To...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:28
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This week, we begin in the 1920s; also, the next pair of Ethel Waters recordings, Pat Longo, Harry James, Charlie Barnet, Muggsy Spanier, and oth...

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:23
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This week, the next pair of early Ethel Waters recordings; also, music from Glenn Miller, the Pied Pipers, Benny Goodman and his disciple Gene Krup...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2015
  • Length: 01:57:44
  • Purchases: 2
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This week, it's the Halloween show...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2015
  • Length: 01:57:42
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This week, the 'girl singers' predominate, with Ethel Waters, Dinah Shore, Marion Mann, Edythe Wright, Mary Ann McCall, and others; also, Cab Callo...

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:40
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This week, our next installment of early Ethel Waters recordings, plus music by Benny Carter, Frankie Carle, Jimmie Lunceford, Terry Gibbs, Woody ...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:04
  • Purchases: 3