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Two radio interviews

Posted by sambr 
Two radio interviews
July 21, 2018 08:26AM
Two very different radio interviews with Peggy Lee are available online, transcribed from the collection of the interviewer, Willis Conover, now at the University of North Texas. The earlier is from 1948 and the second from 1955.

In early September, 1948 Peggy Lee was appearing in a vaudeville show at the Capitol Theater in Washington, DC and Willis Conover was a DJ at radio station WWDC. He had a 2-hour morning variety show, [i]Tune Inn[/i], which was broadcast locally at 10 am each day, Monday to Friday. From the conversation preserved on the disc from the Conover collection it appears that the interview was broadcast on Friday, September 10, 1948, but recorded earlier, during the Capitol engagement. The broadcast was after Peggy Lee had left Washington, so Conover's questions were constructed to appear as if the Capitol engagement was in the past. Because of the program's target audience some of the conversation centered around hair, makeup, gowns and recipes. The interview portions last just over 5 minutes, interrupted by playing two Peggy Lee recordings, not identified. Also preserved are Peggy Lee readings of two Elizabeth Barrett Browning sonnets. Willis Conover was known for 'poetic interludes' on his radio broadcasts, something he had in common with his interviewee. During his introduction, Conover intimated that 'if we can prevail upon you to recite some poetry, we'd like to have you talk over a couple of records, too.' The readings on the disc are without background music. Conover often conducted his interviews out of the WWDC studios, and the Peggy Lee interview appears to have taken place in a restaurant.

[url=https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc860963/]1948 interview[/url]

Early in 1955, Willis Conover began broadcasting regularly for Voice of America, a US Government-sponsored station that was beamed overseas. Conover's program was [i]Music USA[/i] in which he mostly played jazz recordings, but also regularly interviewed personalities with a connection to the jazz world. In October, 1955, Peggy Lee was back in Washington, DC, appearing for a week at the Casino Royal. On October 21 she went into the Voice of America studios on Independence Avenue and recorded an hour-long session with Conover. She had chosen nine records for the program and introduced them between interview segments. Included were two Duke Ellington selections and one each by Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Powell, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Woody Herman and Billie Holiday.

[url=https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc770495/]1955 interview[/url]
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