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....


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This week, as we get ready for the holiday, a slightly skewed history lesson from Stan Freberg; and we'll listen to music from Earl Hines, Georg...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:31
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This week, the second installment of the trombone-playing bandleaders; also, more early Ethel Waters sides, Albert Ammons, Red Norvo, and more...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:46
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During the second hour, the trombone-playing band leaders; also, more early Ethel Waters recordings, the Spirits of Rhythm, Cab Calloway, and more...

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  • Added: Sep 26, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:55
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This week, music from Nelson Riddle, Sam Donahue, Glenn Miller, Nat King Cole, Phil Harris, Fletcher Henderson, Ethel Waters, and more...

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:37
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This week, we fulfill a couple of requests, including music from Boyd Raeburn and Earl Hines; also, some "nouveau swing" from the late 90s, Bunny ...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:55
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This week, the second hour of the show will get us ready for the approaching Labor Day holiday; and in the first hour, the Spirits of Rhythm in a...

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  • Added: Sep 05, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:30
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This week, seven decades of music, all the way from Ethel Waters to Gordon Goodwin; also, Frances Wayne, Oscar Peterson, Coleman Hawkins, Tommy T...

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  • Added: Aug 29, 2015
  • Length: 01:56:58
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This week, one of the best band to come out of WW-I; also, music from Cab Calloway, Claude Gordon, Larry Clinton, Bobby Troup, Vince Giordano, W...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:59
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This week, more samples of Ethel Waters' early recordings; also, music from Freddie Slack, Lucky Millinder, Charlie Barnet, Anita O'Day, Margaret ...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:36
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This week, a couple of song comparisons; also, music from Don Redman, Duke Ellington, Dick Haymes, Erskine Hawkins, as well as more early recordin...

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  • Added: Aug 01, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:18
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This week, more from Ethel Waters' early recordings; also, music from Basie, Goodman, Kenton, Krupa, Miller and more...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:46
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This week, music from Billy Kyle, Louie Bellson, Will Bradley, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, and more...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:46
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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
  • Length: 01:58:28
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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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