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....


225 Pieces

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This week, early Ethel Waters recordings, Ernie Wilkins in Denmark, Dick Cary, Buddy Bregman, Margaret Whiting, Artie Shaw, Mezz Mezzrow and other...

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2015
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  • Added: Jul 05, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:50
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This week, it's Independence Day, and we'll let Stan Freberg remind us of some of the history involved; also, music from Claude Bolling, Jimmy Dor...

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  • Added: Jul 04, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:34
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This week, some ragtime, some Cuban pre-war music, some boogie piano, big bands from various decades, music from Ray Anthony, Oscar Peterson, Ozzie...

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  • Added: Jun 20, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:20
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This week, music from Glen Gray's Casa Loma band, Randy Brooks, Ted Heath, Vido Musso, Nat Shilkret from the 1920s, Billy May, Ernie Wilkins, and ...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:44
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This week, spanning decades from the 20s to the 60s, including music from Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Cab Calloway, Glenn Miller, Claude Thorn...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:16
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This week, an assortment of artists and styles, from Art Landry in the 20s to Kit McClure some 80 years later; also, music from Tommy Dorsey, Ed...

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  • Added: May 31, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:24
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This week, multiple versions of one song; also, music from Stan Kenton, Lindley Armstrong Jones, Erskine Hawkins, Humphrey Lyttelton, Sonny Dunham...

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  • Added: May 23, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:42
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This week, a wide assortment of bands and singers, including Woody Herman, Jimmie Lunceford, Will Bradley, Artie Shaw, Vincent Lopez, Joe 'King' O...

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  • Added: May 16, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:51
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This week, we're all over the place, from Western Swing to 'hep harmony' and many stops in between-with Tommy Dorsey, Red Nichols, Glenn Miller, Fl...

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  • Added: May 10, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:47
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This week, Glen Gray, Bobby Sherwood, Mary Ann McCall, Tito Puente, Benny Carter, and beginning with a 'compare and contrast' exercise...

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  • Added: May 02, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
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This week, a couple of contemporary big bands, early Ella Fitzgerald recordings, Lester Young teaming up with Nat Cole, and Duke Ellington twenty y...

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:10
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Some Goodman alumni with their own groups, as well as music from Charlie Barnet, Cab Calloway, Bob Crosby, Woody Herman and others...

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2015
  • Length: 01:57:52
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No particular theme this week--an assortment of bands from the 20s to the new millennium...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2015
  • Length: 01:57:49
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The big bands of Artie Shaw, Sammy Nestico, Sauter-Finegan, Lew Stone; also, vocals from Nat Cole, Helen Forrest, Tiny Winters, the Boswells; an...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:41
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This week, some sidemen who seldom get their due--Johnny Guarnieri, Jimmy ****************************************** Blanton and Charlie Christian;...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:22
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This week, music from the 20s to the 90s, including Glenn Miller, the Boswell Sisters, Harry James, Nat King Cole, and others...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:47
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This week, we'll put you in a 'green' mood so you can be ready for St. Patrick's Day; also, music from Bix Beiderbecke, Les Brown, Red Nichols, Qu...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:31
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Saluting all-women bands; big-band music from Germany; singers Carlotta Dale & Bea Wain; ragtime piano; Phil Harris at the Cocoanut Grove, and more...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:40
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Music from Earl Hines, Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, and more. Plus, more than the usual number of contemporary bands, but they still mak...

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:00
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