- Kay Kyser
- The Ol' Professor Of Swing! America's
- by Steven Beasley
- Over 350 pages packed with wonderful information and pictures - many
in color! This is a must for the old time radio book shelf in your
personal library. Great interviews and well researched, this is
simply the best book I've seen on Kay Kyser and in my opinion long
overdue! The book covers Kay's early years, Hollywood films, Camp
Shows, his later years, orchestra discography and filmography.
- From the back cover:
- Kay Kyser was one of the most outrageous, over the top performers of
the whole swing era. From the late 1930s to the late 1940s, he had
eleven number one records and thirty-five top tens. Songs like
"Three Little Fishies," Who Wouldn't Love You,"
"Jingle, Jangle, Jingle," and "Praise The Lord and Pass
The Ammunition" have stayed in America's hearts for decades.
He kept his NBC radio quiz/music show, Kay Kyser's College Of Musical
Knowledge, a favorite with swing fans for eleven years, and made
seven feature films and appeared in two others. Some of his
costars included John Barrymore, Lucille Ball, Mickey Rooney, Boris
Karloff, Jane Wyman, and Bela Lugosi.
- Kyser's radio gang consisted of Ginny Simms, Harry Babbitt, Sully
Mason, Ish Kabibble (Merwyn Bogue), and Georgia Carroll, whom he would
marry. His orchestra was greatly admired, and swing legend Glenn
Miller was quoted as saying the only bandleader he envied was Kay Kyser,
who performed over 1800 shows for WW2 personnel. Yes, James King
Kern Kyser was a lightning rod to audiences onstage, but a very private
man with many contradictions, offstage.
- Kay Kyser-The Ol' Professor of Swing! America's Forgotten Superstar
is the first published, full lenth biography of the man and his band
that set swing music on its ear - then disappeared! Chock full of
rare photos and interviews, it's the warm, yet dramatic story of the
beloved entertainer who hid a debilitating illness from his fans, quit
show biz unannounced at his peak, and went home again to his beloved
North Carolina, where he began a new life as statesman and fundraiser
and resurfaced thirty years later as President of the Worldwide Church
of Christian Science. He refused all interviews regarding his band
days, and militantly preserved his privacy. How could one who
accomplished so much be forgotten today? Some of it was his own
doing, and some...well, read on!
magazine articles, web-sites and reference guides have reprinted the
same errors over the past two decades. The authors of this book have
spent more than a decade researching this subject through various
archival materials belonging to the family relatives who were
responsible for the formation of the series. No matter what you have
read in the past, this book is certain to correct all the myths and
mistakes that continue to get reprinted.
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