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

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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This week, we'll acknowledge recent events in Cuba; also, Bunny Berigan, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Fletcher Henderson, Hal McIntyre, Earl Hines...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:42
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This week, lyricist Dorothy Fields, Helen Humes, Nat Cole, Coleman Hawkins, Doc Severinsen, the Ipana Troubadors, and more...

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  • Added: Nov 26, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:16
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This week, music by the Dorsey brothers; also Johnny Mercer--the singer, a couple of rival Kansas City bands, Ginny Simms with Kay Kyser, Bunny Be...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This week, the music of decades past, such as Vaughn Monroe, Vido Musso, Helen Ward, Will Bradley, Albert Ammons, Zutty Singleton, and more...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:45
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This week, we lead off with a couple of tunes looking ahead to Veterans' Day; also, music from Valaida Snow, Joe Sullivan, Artie Shaw, Tommy Tucke...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2016
  • Length: 01:56:37
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This week, the annual Halloween show...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:36
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This week, music by Goodman to begin and end the program; in between, we'll hear from a couple of Jerrys (Gray & Colonna), Jay Wilbur's English ba...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:39
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This week, Ray Noble's first American band, vintage music from the teens, Sinatra's first Capitol album, compositions in the public domain, Ellingt...

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  • Added: Oct 15, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:41
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This week, music from the combined bands of Ellington & Basie; also, Ray Anthony, Xavier Cugat, Ted Heath, Glenn Miller, Horace Henderson, and mor...

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  • Added: Oct 08, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:07
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This week, an eclectic mix of old, new[er], swinging, sweet, big bands, and single instruments...

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  • Added: Oct 01, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:16
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This week, celebrating the change of season; also, music from Cab Calloway, Mezz Mezzrow, Earl Hines, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller and others...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:57
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This week, 'chamber music' in the jazz world, as presented by Shaw and Goodman; also, music from Red Nichols, Joe Loss, Randy Brooks, the Ink Spot...

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:50
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This week, contrasts--- we'll give you the chance to compare multiple versions of songs as performed by different bands and singers...

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:53
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This week, music from the Twenties with Armstrong's Hot Five; also, vocalists Jimmy Rushing, Ginny Simms, Mildred Bailey, Jimmy Mitchelle, and Lind...

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  • Added: Sep 03, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:59
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This week, three English bands, plus Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Art Landry, Bob Crosby, and the piano of Donald Lambert...

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:45
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This week, we'll hear from Stuff Smith, Billie Holiday, Larry Clinton, Jimmy Dorsey, Russ Morgan, the Mills Brothers, and others...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:24
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This week, beginning and ending with the late Pete Fountain; also, Ray McKinley, Freddie Slack, Lucky Millinder, Claude Thornhill, Stan Kenton, Ed...

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  • Added: Aug 13, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:15
  • Purchases: 4
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This week, another Benny Goodman Camel Caravan broadcast from 1937; also, saying "happy birthday" to Tony Bennett, Jeri Southern with Billy May's ...

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  • Added: Aug 06, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:14
  • Purchases: 4
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This week, Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb's band; also, music from Sammy Kaye, Johnny Long, Pat Flowers, Anson Weeks, Erskine Hawkins, and more.....

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  • Added: Jul 30, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:00
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, Billy May teams up with George Shearing; also, music from Jimmie Lunceford, Albert Ammons, Sam Donahue, Kay Kyser, early Ellington, an...

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2016
  • Length: 58:31
  • Purchases: 4