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....


252 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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This week, Jack Teagarden with sister Norma; also, Frankie Carle, Jimmie Lunceford, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnet, Teddy Wilson, Nat Shilkret, an...

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  • Added: Mar 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:31
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, we'll see what happened to some of the big bands after the Swing Era; also, music from Eddy Duchin, Ina Ray Hutton, Miff Mole, the Duke...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:59
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This week, we start with another Sonny Dunham session; also,music from Charlie Spivak, Gene Krupa, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Mildred Bailey, ...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:59
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This week, we'll hear from both Dorsey brothers, as well as Jan Garber, Harry James, Woody Herman, the NDO, Count Basie, and others...

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:10
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This week, an assortment of bands-Vaughn Monroe, Will Bradley, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Andy Kirk, Wingy Manone, Harry James, and more...

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:21
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This week, a 1954 concert organized by Steve Allen. It took place at Manhattan Center in NYC.

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  • Added: Feb 11, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:29
  • Purchases: 4
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This week, a few out-of-the-ordinary items on the roster, inluding some German 'hep harmony;' also, music from Billy May, June Christy, Bobby Hack...

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  • Added: Feb 04, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:04
  • Purchases: 5
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This week, we'll walk ?baby? back home to end the first hour; also, music from Skitch Henderson, Erskine Hawkins, Benny Goodman's Orchestra and Qu...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:26
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This week, a new administration is in place-we'll acknowlege that; plus, music from the late Buddy Bregman, from Elliot Lawrence, James Dapogny, Fr...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:18
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This week, a good mix of bands, including Miller, Goodman and Shaw; also, Ben Selvin, Gene Krupa, Jay McShann, Bobby Sherwood, Ray Herbeck, and mo...

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  • Added: Jan 14, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:40
  • Purchases: 4
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This week, Glenn Miller, Freddie Slack, Jack Teagarden, from England-Joe Loss and the NDO, plus Billie Holiday, Frankie Newton, Joe Marsala, and mo...

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  • Added: Jan 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:33
  • Purchases: 4
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This week, it's the end of the year, so we'll finish up with the obligatory song by the obligatory band; also, music from Benny Goodman, Earl Hine...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:27
  • Purchases: 3
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This week it's all Christmas music...

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  • Added: Dec 24, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:02
  • Purchases: 4
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This week, one more session with Fats Waller's big band; also, Rosemary Clooney on the radio in the 50s, a big band from Cuba, Sinatra singing Col...

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:17
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This week, Fats Waller with the big band, Jimmy Dorsey, Frisco jazz with Bob Scobey, Duke Ellington, Teddy Hill, Betty Hutton, and more...

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  • Added: Dec 10, 2016
  • Length: 01:57:41
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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
  • Purchases: 5
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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
  • Purchases: 6
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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
  • Purchases: 5
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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
  • Purchases: 5
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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
  • Purchases: 5