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, 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
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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
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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
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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
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This week, we open up some new music (made in the best traditional manner); also, music from Randy Brooks, Harry James, Glenn Miller, Frankie Capp...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:01
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This week, Buddy Rich, Louis Jordan, Jerry Gray, the Northern Dance Orchestra, early Woody Herman, Billy Eckstine, and more...

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:32
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This week, it's all parades and marches to commemorate this Independence Day...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:30
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This week, another archive from 2009, with some brand-new music (made in the best traditional manner); also, a band which was a training ground fo...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:01
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In this archive program from 2009, we'll help Les Paul celebrate his 94th birthday; also, music from a couple of trombone-playing bandleaders; pl...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2016
  • Length: 01:56:33
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This week, Bob Wilber's Tuxedo Big Band, Earl Hines, Harry James, Nat Cole with Lester Young, Ben Selvin, Glenn Miller, and more...

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:32
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This week, another Benny Goodman radio broadcast; also, Rosemary Clooney on the radio, the final pair in the series of Ethel Waters recordings, tr...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:50
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This week, Sidney Bechet, Si Zentner, Fats Waller, Artie Shaw, Buck Clayton, Sam Lanin, Humphrey Lyttelton, Woody Herman, plus another pair of Ethe...

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  • Added: May 28, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:30
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This week, we feature the late, lamented Northern Dance Orchestra of the BBC...

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  • Added: May 21, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:35
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This week, we're headed for Cuba and Russia, on the way to California-listening as we go to music by Artie Shaw, Bob Zurke, King Oliver, Valaida Sn...

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  • Added: May 14, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:57
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This week, a complete broadcast featuring Benny Goodman; also, the next pair of Ethel Waters recordings, early Ellington, Jo Stafford, as well as ...

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  • Added: May 08, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:30
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This week, music from Sidney Bechet, Fletcher Henderson, Randy Brooks, Ella Fitzgerald, Gilbert & Sullivan, Billy May, and our next pair of Ethel W...

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:29
  • Purchases: 2