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March 4, 2009

Musical ambassadors documented in Hoover’s Radio Free Europe records

Artists traveling throughout Europe in the 1960s, especially American jazz musicians, often visited with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reporters. Included in this slideshow are some notable examples, including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman, as well as many outside the American jazz scene. (The photographs of these musical ambassadors are part of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty corporate records at the Hoover Institution Archives.)

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Dizzy Gillespie visits the RFE studios in Munich.

Dizzy Gillespie visits the RFE studios in Munich. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Dave Brubeck

Jan Mekota and Veleria Kaiml of RFE's Czechoslovak service interview Dave Brubeck in October 1964. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Jazz pianist Errol Garner

Jazz pianist Errol Garner speaking with an RFE reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

British beat group the Creation

British beat group the Creation in the studio with RFE disc jockeys Janos Havel (left) and Jan Tyszkiewicz (right). Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton

Eva Sramkova interviews vibraphonist Lionel Hampton. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Mu

The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Goodman is  interviewed by RFE reporters in Munich, Germany.

Goodman is interviewed by RFE reporters in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Jazz drummer Art Blakey talks to Radio Free Europe's Jozef Ptaczek

Jazz drummer Art Blakey talks to Radio Free Europe's Jozef Ptaczek after a concert in Munich, December 1965. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Count Basie talks with Bill Rademakers (second from right) of RFE's

Count Basie talks with Bill Rademakers (second from right) of RFE's Hungarian service in September 1956. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Ella Fitzgerald speaks with Radio Free Europe

Ella Fitzgerald speaks with Radio Free Europe shortly after appearing at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Eugene Ormandy, of the Philadelphia Orchestra, speaking with RFE

Eugene Ormandy, of the Philadelphia Orchestra, speaking with Radio Free Europe reporters in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Earl “Fatha” Hines is interviewed by Bill Danch (left) and Geza Ekecs (right).

Earl “Fatha” Hines is interviewed by Bill Danch (left) and Geza Ekecs (right), producer of the RFE program Jazz Forum. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Woody Herman records a tune for Radio Free Europe's Polish Tea Party

Woody Herman records a tune for Radio Free Europe's Polish Tea Party program at the studios in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Nat King Cole speaks with Radio Free Europe in Munich.

Nat King Cole speaks with Radio Free Europe in Munich. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

British duo Peter and Gordon at the offices of EMI with RFE

British duo Peter and Gordon at the offices of EMI with RFE's Stanislaw Julicki and Jozef Ptaczek of the Polish service teen program Green Wave in December 1965. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Louis Armstrong visits with Radio Liberty reporters.

Louis Armstrong visits with Radio Liberty reporters. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Jazz drummer Cozy Cole is interviewed for the RFE program Jazz Forum.

Jazz drummer Cozy Cole is interviewed for the RFE program Jazz Forum. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

Jack Teagarden is interviewed for the RFE program Jazz Forum.

Jack Teagarden is interviewed for the RFE program Jazz Forum. Box 118, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.

RFE disc jockey Romilo Lemonidis (left) interviews Beach Boys manager

RFE disc jockey Romilo Lemonidis (left) interviews Beach Boys manager Murray Wilson (right) in Munich, Germany. Box 118, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Four Freshmen speak with a Radio Free Europe reporter during a concert in Munich, Germany. Box 117, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Hoover Institution Archives.