Saturday, 13 May 2017

By hand...

Willis Conover's handwritten notes comprising hour-by-hour breakdown of music played on his Duke Ellington Tribute program from April, 1978.












Voice of America



Imagine a  world where the 'voice of America' is the music of Duke Ellington. The phrase, of course, is the title of the radio programmes broadcast by Willis Conover. From the Digital Library, University of North Texas, here are the recordings they have published so far on the subject of Duke Ellington from their collection of Willis Conover recordings. A couple date from the period before Voice of America was established. 


Among the treasures are a tantalising glimpse of the recording quality of VoA's recordings from Newport, 1956 and a full account of Ellington's funeral in May, 1974.

WWDC, Meet the Composer: Duke Ellington, Part I on Digital Library.


Willis Conover: American Jazz #1 on Digital Library.


Music USA #300-B, Interview with Duke Ellington, Part I on Digital Library.


Music USA #300-B, Interview with Duke Ellington, Part II on Digital Library.


Music USA #770-B, Duke Ellington Hour on Digital Library.


Willis Conover interviews Duke Ellington, WCBS radio on Digital Library.


Music USA #4773-A, Duke Ellington at Tanglewood on Digital Library.


Music USA #5262-B [part], Duke Ellington at the White House, Part I on Digital Library.


Music USA #5264-B, Duke Ellington at the White House, Part III on Digital Library.


Aura Rully with Duke Ellington at the 1972 Newport Jazz Festival on Digital Library.


Duke Ellington, final interview with Willis Conover on Digital Library.


Willis Conover's eulogy for Duke Ellington on Digital Library.


Music USA 7102-B, Duke Ellington Memorial Program on Digital Library.


Music USA #7428-B, funeral of Duke Ellington, Part II on Digital Library.


Music USA #7429-B, funeral of Duke Ellington, Part III on Digital Library.