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Willis Conover

Jazz broadcaster

Died when: 75 years 212 days (906 months)
Star Sign: Libra


Willis Conover

Willis Clark Conover, Jr. (December 18, 1920 – May 17, 1996) was a jazz producer and broadcaster on the Voice of America for over forty years.

He produced jazz concerts at the White House, the Newport Jazz Festival, and for movies and television.By arranging concerts where people of all races were welcome, he is credited with desegregating Washington D.C. nightclubs.

Conover is credited with keeping interest in jazz alive in the countries of Eastern Europe through his nightly broadcasts during the Cold War.

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