KAY KYSER

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

He was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, the son of pharmacists Paul Bynum Kyser and Emily Royster (Howell) Kyser. Editor Vermont C. Royster was his cousin. Kyser graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was also senior class president. Because of his popularity and enthusiasm as a cheerleader, he was invited by Hal Kemp to take over as bandleader when Kemp ventured north to further his career. He began taking clarinet lessons but was better as an entertaining announcer than a musician. He adopted the initial of his middle name as part of his stage name, for its alliterative effect.

Long before his national success, Kyser recorded two sessions for Victor in the late 1920s (Camden, NJ in
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Best of Kay Kyser & His OrchestraBest of Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
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Collector's Choice 2000
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Kay Kyser Hits Collection 1935-48Kay Kyser Hits Collection 1935-48
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Fun With the Ol Professor 44-47Fun With the Ol Professor 44-47
Collectables 2003
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Campus Favorites
Big Band 1947
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Kay Kyser
Big Band 1957
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Kay Kyser And His Orchestra ‎: Dance Date
Big Band 1970
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Kay Kyser's Kollege Of Musical Knowledge
Big Band 1977

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The Swinging Side
Big Band 1952
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Kay Kyser's Greatest Hits
Big Band 1962
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1935-39
Big Band 1976
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The Best of Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
Big Band 1999

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You Go To My Head / Small Fry
Big Band 1938

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