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, James P. Johnson, Bunny Berigan, Red Norvo, Tito Puente, Les Brown, Sammy Kaye, and the next in the Ethel Waters series...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:45
  • Purchases: 2
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This week, music from Rosie Clooney, the Boswell Sisters, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Dodds, Billie Holiday, and our next recordings in the Ethel Waters...

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:51
  • Purchases: 2
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This week, a late welcome to April, more from Ethel Waters, Ralph Flanagan, Claude Bolling, Teddy Powell, and a brand-new album from Seth MacFarlan...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:37
  • Purchases: 2
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This week, three different versions of a jive pop tune, plus the next pair of Ethel Waters recordings, Harry James on the radio, Dean Hudson's band...

Bought by WEZU and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Apr 02, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:40
  • Purchases: 2
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This week, Spring has sprung, Easter is upon us, and we acknowledge an unexpected passing; also, music from Ellington, Earl Hines, Bunny Berigan, ...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:06
  • Purchases: 3
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This week, an assortment of bands, including some of the 'new guys;' also, St. Patrick's Day (just past) will not pass unnoticed; the next pair ...

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:15
  • Purchases: 2
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This week, the big bands of Quincy Jones, Vido Musso, Billy May, Artie Shaw, and Musician 2nd Class Sam Donahue, plus music from the 1920s with Mi...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:14
  • Purchases: 1
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This week, we'll hear from Benny Goodman, Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers (separately), Mildred Bailey, Larry Clinton, and the next pair of classi...

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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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
  • Purchases: 1
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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
  • Purchases: 1
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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
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by WPCA-LP and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Jan 30, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:42
  • Purchases: 2
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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
  • Purchases: 1
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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
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by WEZU, WPCA-LP, and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Jan 09, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:26
  • Purchases: 3
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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
  • Purchases: 2
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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
  • Purchases: 1

  • Added: Dec 19, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:41
  • Purchases: 2

  • Added: Dec 12, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:36
  • Purchases: 3