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Encyclopedia > Kay Kyser

Kay Kyser (June 18, 1905, Rocky Mount, North Carolina - July 24, 1985) was a famous bandleader and one of the first to become a radio celebrity. June 18 is the 169th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (170th in leap years), with 196 days remaining. ... 1905 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Rocky Mount is a city located in North Carolina. ... July 24 is the 205th day (206th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 160 days remaining. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... CELEBRITY is an abstract word stemming from the Latin celebritas, itself from the adjective celeber famous, celebrated. A celebrity is a person who is widely recognized in a society. ...

Kyser formed his first dance band in 1926 when he was studying at the University of North Carolina. He came up with an act that was part musical, quiz and singing. This was brought to radio in 1938 on NBC. The show was called "Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge" and was a great hit. He starred as "The Ol' Perfessor," with his catchphrase "Evenin' folks, how y'all?" "Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge" ran on radio until 1949. Kyser was also known for his use of "singing of song titles," which was copied by Sammy Kaye and Blue Barron. Kyser retired from show business in the early 1950s. The University of North Carolina, often called the University of North Carolina System to avoid confusion, is a federation of all sixteen public universities in North Carolina. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American radio and television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ...

On February 26, 1941, Kay Kyser was the first bandleader to perform in front of military personnel. He had 11 number 1 records in his lifetime. February 26 is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

"Kay left a strong recording legacy in American popular music, including his 'Kollege Of Musical Knowledge'," said Harry Babbitt, who sang for Kay Kyser in the 1930s and 1940s. "I'm very fortunate and proud to have been an integral part of that band and that legacy. Kay was a [real] businessman. We all liked him and liked what he stood for. He was first class. It's sad to say, but there are an awful lot of people who don't remember Kay Kyser." Harry Babbitt (November 2, 1913 - April 9, 2004) was an American singer and star during the Big Band era. ...

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Radio Hall of Fame - Kay Kyser, Music / Variety (213 words)
One of the first bandleaders to become a radio celebrity, Kay Kyser was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on June 18, 1906.
Kyser retired from show business in the early 1950s and later became manager of the film and broadcasting department of the Christian Science Church.
Kay Kyser was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
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