Kay Kyser
Bandleader, actor
Kay Kyser
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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Grandpa's iPod - Marinscope Community Newspapers
Google News - over 5 years
In the 1930s and early 1940s, big-band broadcasts were popular, especially in the Chicago area where we lived: Orrin Tucker, Horace Heidt, Kay Kyser, Sammy Kaye, Guy Lombardo, Xavier Cugat and a bunch of other name bands were regular radio broadcast
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The Walrus Says - Jamestown Press
Google News - over 5 years
In addition to Hoagy, a myriad of talent have recorded the song including Bill Black, Connee Boswell, Bing Crosby, Willie Nelson and Kay Kyser. And hitch me to the one I love. So where on the island can you buy chicken, duck and ostrich necks?
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Midland Remembers: Part two of radio days — Our favorite programs - Midland Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
Kay Kyser and His Kollege of Musical Knowledge to The Voice of Firestone and The Bell Telephone Hour. There was other music on the radio, of course. Dort (Brown) Carpenter and I managed to find an obscure radio station that played boogie woogie
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DVD Extra: Lost 'Flight' surfaces after 78 years - New York Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... "The Mad Genius," "Reunion in Vienna,'' "State's Attorney,'' "Long-Lost Father,'' "Maytime,'' Garson Kanin's wonderful "The Great Man Votes'' and even Barrymore's sad screen farewell, spoofing his image in the Kay Kyser musical comedy "Playmates
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Bill Friday, 90, still beats everything - Charlotte Observer
Google News - almost 6 years
In the early 1950s, Kay Kyser, the retired big band leader living in Chapel Hill, the late Billy Carmichael of what is now the UNC system and Friday (not yet the UNC system president) set about to raise the money for a public television project
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Georgia Carroll, 91, Vocalist in Kay Kyser's Band
NYTimes - about 6 years
Georgia Carroll, who enjoyed short-lived stardom as the featured vocalist in Kay Kyser's popular big band before marrying Mr. Kyser and retiring from show business in her late 20s, died on Jan. 14 in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 91. Her death was announced by her family. Ms. Carroll, born on Nov. 18, 1919, in Blooming Grove, Tex., was a successful
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I.H.T. OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; Spring Blooms
NYTimes - almost 7 years
It is spring glorious spring (da do ron ron ron da do ron ron) and America's gallant president has rallied his fractious forces against wacko demagoguery, the crocuses are up, and birds are returning from the South, preferring to raise their children here in Minnesota where we pull our pants on one leg at a time and not all at once. Some people in
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Mike Douglas, TV Host and Pop Singer, Dies at 81
NYTimes - over 10 years
Mike Douglas, the genial television host whose afternoon talk show was a beacon of popular culture in the 1960's and 70's, died yesterday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. His death came on his birthday, a generation after his irony-free broadcast style began to pass from the screen. He was 81. His wife of 62 years, Genevieve, confirmed his death to The
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THE WAY WE LIVE NOW: 11-20-05: ON LANGUAGE; Take Cover
NYTimes - over 11 years
The Beatles covered Buddy Holly's ''Words of Love'' and Chuck Berry's ''Roll Over Beethoven,'' while 3,000 entertainers covered the Beatles' song ''Yesterday.'' Peter, Paul and Mary covered Bob Dylan's ''Blowin' in the Wind,'' and Soft Cell covered Gloria Jones's ''Tainted Love.'' I uncover extended meanings in our lexicon with the fervor of a
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Blue Barron, 91, Big-Band Leader, Dies
NYTimes - over 11 years
Blue Barron, one of the last surviving leaders of the sweet bands that rivaled the popularity of the hot bands of the swing era, died last Saturday in Baltimore. He was 91. He died in his sleep, his sister, Clarisse B. Mechanic, told The Baltimore Sun. The Blue Barron orchestra played at the Edison Hotel in New York in the 1940's but was heard
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Paid Notice: Deaths BURDICK, RICHARD
NYTimes - almost 12 years
BURDICK--Richard. A great loss is felt by our family and his many friends at the passing of Richard Smith Burdick, 88, on March 17, 2005 in Austin, Texas. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Betty. He leaves his beloved fiance, Sherry Browne. He was the loving Father of Dorene and Bruce Burdick, and of daughter-inlaw Gwenellen; proud
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Road to Ubiquity
NYTimes - over 13 years
There was nothing Bob Hope loved more than an audience, and audiences responded in kind, particularly soldiers facing combat who desperately needed a laugh. He once chartered a yacht for a cruise in Canadian waters. It was one of the few formal vacations he ever took, and he found he could not stand the serenity. He cut the cruise short and
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Before Irving Berlin
NYTimes - about 14 years
To the Editor: Barry Gewen is incorrect in his review of Jody Rosen's ''White Christmas: The Story of an American Song'' (Dec. 8) when he states that '' 'White Christmas' was, significantly, the first Christmas song to become a hit.'' A casual perusal of Joel Whitburn's ''Pop Memories 1890-1954,'' the bible in such matters, indicates that there
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Lew Wasserman, 89, Is Dead; Last of Hollywood's Moguls
NYTimes - over 14 years
Lew R. Wasserman, the former chairman and chief executive of the Music Corporation of America, who was arguably the most powerful and influential Hollywood titan in the four decades after World War II, died yesterday in Beverly Hills. He was 89. The man considered the last of the legendary movie moguls, Mr. Wasserman began as a theater usher,
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Executive Life: The Boss; A Boy Preacher Grows Up
NYTimes - almost 15 years
I'M an ordained Baptist minister. I gave my first sermon when I was 12. I didn't know I could do it; I just felt I was supposed to. God called me to do so. My father, a minister, didn't like the idea of boy preachers. So, he said, I could speak only if I met these criteria: ''First, you're obedient to your parents. If you're not obedient to your
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Kermit Goell, 82, Songwriter
NYTimes - about 19 years
Kermit Goell, a songwriter, died on Thursday in Portland, Me. He was 82. Mr. Goell was perhaps best known as the lyricist for the 1947 hit ''Near You,'' with music by Francis Craig. It was a big seller not only for Craig and his band but also for the Andrews Sisters and, 10 years later, for Roger Williams. Mr. Goell was born in Brooklyn. He
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Luise King Rey Is Dead at 83; Big-Band Singer in King Sisters
NYTimes - over 19 years
Luise King Rey, one of the harmonizing King Sisters who sang their way out of Utah in the 1930's, cut a swath through big-band America in the 1940's and made a surprise splash on television in the 1960's, died on Monday at her home in Sandy, Utah. She was 83 and had been married for 60 years to the guitar-playing band leader Alvino Rey. They may
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Famed Riveter In War Effort, Rose Monroe Dies at 77
NYTimes - over 19 years
Rose Will Monroe, an employee of an aircraft factory who, through a chance meeting with a Hollywood star, became the celebrated ''Rosie the Riveter'' in World War II, died on Saturday in Clarksville, Ind. She was 77, and a resident of Clarksville. Mrs. Monroe's remaining kidney began to fail two years ago, and that led to her death, her family
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Ginny Simms, 81, Singer and Actress
NYTimes - almost 23 years
Ginny Simms, a singer who first won fame as a big-band vocalist and went on to a career in films, died on Monday at Desert Hospital here. She was 81. The cause was a heart attack, said her husband, Donald Eastvold. During her singing career, Miss Simms performed with the Kay Kyser band. Among her recordings are the singles "Don't Ever Change,"
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kay Kyser
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1985
    Age 79
    Kay Kyser died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina of a heart attack on July 23, 1985, just weeks after his 80th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details He was buried at Old Chapel Hill Cemetery in Chapel Hill, NC. Kyser was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is custodian of a large archive of documents and material about Kyser which was donated by his widow and made available to the public on April 8, 2008.
  • 1983
    Age 77
    In 1983 he was made President of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, a one-year position.
    More Details Hide Details He referred to it as "honorary," joking: "I haven't been elected Pope or anything." Kyser and Georgia Carroll remained married until his death. They had three children.
  • FORTIES
  • 1950
    Age 44
    It was this arthritis which is often cited as one of the reasons Kyser retired from performing in 1950.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1960s, several members of the Kay Kyser team (including Kabibble and Simms but not Kyser) reunited to record an album of new versions of Kyser's greatest hits. In the 1970s, Kay ran the film and television department of the Christian Science Church in Boston. He was a Christian Science practitioner, teacher, and lecturer.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1944
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Nevertheless, he had become interested in Christian Science when conventional medicine did not relieve his problems with arthritis.
  • 1941
    Age 35
    Kyser and Ginny Simms co-starred in "Niagara to Reno" (described as "an original comedy") on CBS radio's Silver Theater April 6, 1941.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1905
    Born
    Born on June 18, 1905.
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