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April 20, 2005 Music from a found diary: The Mars Volta; Progressive rock classic from Gentle Giant; Stockholm pop from Shout Out Louds New instrumental electronica from Moby; Pavement's Stephen Malkmus; Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty; Billy Crystal's musical uncle Milt Gabler; Live concert preview of The Decemberists
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April 15, 2005 Milt Gabler influenced Billy Crystal's entry into show business. The comedian's uncle also brought America a generation of legendary jazz music. A new CD compiled by Crystal celebrates Gabler's musical legacy.
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July 26, 2001 We remember record producer Milt Gabler, who died July 20 at the age of 90. Gabler founded America's first independent record label, Commodore Records. He was the first to record Billie Holiday's anti-lynching song, Strange Fruit, after major record companies refused. He was also the first to pair Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Later, he produced records for Bill Haley and the Comets, Peggy Lee, the Weavers, the Ink Spots and many others. His record store Commodore Music was legendary and a hangout for musicians and music lovers.
July 26, 2001 In this excerpt from Terry Gross' 1979 interview with Billy Crystal, the actor discusses his uncle, Milt Gabler. Gabler founded the first independent jazz label.
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