Kay Kyser

Bandleader + Actor
Born Jun 18, 1905

James Kern Kyser (June 18, 1905 – July 23, 1985) was a popular bandleader and radio personality of the 1930s and 1940s.

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    Google News - Jul 21, 2011
  • Midland Remembers: Part Two Of Radio Days — Our Favorite Programs Midland Daily News
    Google News - Jun 15, 2011
  • Dvd Extra: Lost 'flight' Surfaces After 78 Years New York Post (Blog)
    Google News - Jun 07, 2011


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1905 Birth Born on June 18, 1905.


1920 15 Years Old Long before his national success, Kyser recorded two sessions for Victor in the late 1920's (Camden, NJ in November, 1928 and Chicago in early 1929). … Read More


1941 36 Years Old On February 26, 1941, Kay Kyser was the first bandleader to perform in front of military personnel. … Read More
1943 38 Years Old Around the World (1943) fictionalized the band's international tours of military camps, and Swing Fever of 1943 supposed that Kyser was blessed with a hypnotic eye. … Read More
1944 39 Years Old Kyser converted to the Church of Christ, Scientist sometime between 1944 and 1946, despite the fact his mother had been the first female pharmacist in his home county. … Read More


1950 45 Years Old It was this arthritis which is often cited as one of the reasons Kyser retired from performing in 1950. … Read More


1983 78 Years Old In 1983 he was made President of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, a one-year position. … Read More
1985 80 Years Old Died on July 23, 1985.
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