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Kollege of Musical Knowledge - December 11, 1941

Kay Kyser

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Though little remembered today, during the 1940s Kay Kyser was one of the most popular bandleaders in the land, his records selling more than Benny Goodman's or Tommy Dorsey's. While the majority of his Columbia best-sellers now languish in the vaults, we have this disc of old radio broadcasts of his Kollege of Musical Knowledge, the most popular musical program on radio from 1938 to 1948. Heard here are the 1941 and 1943 G.I. Journal shows, featuring the band and vocalists Harry Babbitt, Dorothy Dunn, Julie Conway, Sully Mason, Trudy Erwin, and Georgia Carroll. Although some of the radio humor is straight off the cob, Kyser's enthusiasm is contagious, and it's easy to see why the band became such a hit with the public.

Biography

Born: 19 June 1905 in Rocky Mount, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s

Kay Kyser couldn't read a note of music, and spent nearly as much time doing comedy as music on radio. But for over 15 years, from 1933 until the end of the 1940s, he was one of the most popular bandleaders and music personalities in America, and delighted tens of millions of listeners. Born into a family of academics, Kyser was supposed to pursue a career in law, but abandoned this after he took over the campus...
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