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

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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
  • Purchases: 4
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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
  • Purchases: 2
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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
  • Purchases: 2
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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
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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
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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
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:40
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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
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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