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The Kay Kyser Hits Collection 1935-48

Kay Kyser
Styles: Easy Listening, Jazz
Catalogue Number: ACTRCD9077

 

 

Kay Kyser was a bandleader and radio personality who was hugely popular and maintained a high profile from the mid-’30s through to the early ‘50s, his radio show incorporating a music quiz under the title of “Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge” which he introduced as “The Ol’ Perfessor”, giving rise to his image where he appears wearing a mortar-board and academic gown. His orchestra’s music, always featuring a variety of resident vocalists, most notably Sully Mason, Harry Babbit, Ginny Simms and Georgia Carroll, as well as saxophonist Jack Martin, stayed firmly in the middle ground of easy-listening popular taste, and did not try to compete with the hot swing orchestras of the era, with a style which barely changed while the fashions of jazz and other areas of pop evolved around him, including sentimental or patriotic wartime hits, novelty material and classic ballads. This great-value 73-track 3-CD set consists entirely of hit records, comprising recordings which are listed as having appeared in one version or another of the popularity charts during the 1930s before the introduction of the Billboard record sales chart in 1940, and after that in the Top 20 of the Billboard chart. It naturally features his No. 1 hits “The Umbrella Man”, “Three Little Fishes”, “Jingle Jangle Jingle”, “Ole Buttermilk Sky” and “Woody Woodpecker”, plus many other memorable and evocative Top 5 classics which capture the zeitgeist of the fifteen years or so which spanned WWII and its aftermath.


 


Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 (I've Grown So Lonesome) Thinking Of You Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
2 Star Gazing Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Bill Stoker
3 Did You Mean It? Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Bill Stoker
4 Cause My Baby Says It's So Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit, Ish Kabibble, Sully Mason
5 Hark The Sound Of Tar Heel Voices Kay Kyser & His Orch.
6 Cry, Baby, Cry Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason
7 Music, Maestro, Please! Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny Simms
8 Don't Cross Your Fingers, Cross Your Heart Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason
9 Stop Beatin' Around The Mulberry Bush Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason
10 Ya Got Me Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason
11 The Umbrella Man Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny Simms, Harry Babbit
12 Monday Morning Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny Simms
13 Two Sleepy People Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny Simms, Harry Babbit
14 Chopsticks Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason
15 (Gotta Get Some) Shut-Eye Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
16 Cuckoo In The Clock Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason
17 Heaven Can Wait Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
18 I Promise You Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
19 The Tinkle Song Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny Simms
20 Stairway To The Stars Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
21 Concert In The Park Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny Simms, Harry Babbit
22 Three Little Fishes Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny Simms, Harry Babbit, Ish Kabible
23 Day In, Day Out Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
24 The Little Red Fox (N'Ya N'Ya Ya Can't Catch Me) Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
25 Chatterbox Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny Simms, Harry Babbit
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Confucious Say Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason
2 Blue Lovebird Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny Simms
3 With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny Simms
4 Friendship Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny, Harry, Jack & Ish
5 Playmates Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason
6 You, You Darlin' Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny Simms
7 Let There Be Love Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
8 Tennessee Fish Fry Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason
9 Who's Yehood Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason, Harry Babbit
10 Blueberry Hill Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
11 Ferry-Boat Serenade Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny, Harry, Jack & Max
12 You've Got Me This Way Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
13 Alexander The Swoose (Half Swan-Half Goose) Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny, Harry, Jack & Max
14 The Wise Old Owl Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason
15 Til Reveille Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny, Harry, Jack & Max
16 Cowboy Serenade (While I'm Rolling My Last Cigarette) Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
17 Why Don't We Do This More Often? Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ginny Simms, Harry Babbit
18 (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit & Glee Club
19 A Zoot Suit (For My Sunday Gal) Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason with Trudy, Dorothy, Jack & Max
20 Who Wouldn't Love You Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Trudy & Harry
21 Johnny Doughboy Found A Rose In Ireland Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Glee Club
22 Got The Moon In My Pocket Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Sully Mason with Trudy, Dorothy, Harry, Jack & Max
23 Jingle Jangle Jingle Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit, Julie Conway & The Group
24 He Wears A Pair Of Silver Wings Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
25 Strip Polka Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Jack Martin & Glee Club
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Every Night About This Time Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit
2 Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition! Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Glee Club
3 Can't Get Out Of This Mood Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry, Julie, Trudy, Jack & Max
4 Moonlight Mood Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Glee Club
5 Let's Get Lost Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry, Julie, Trudy, Jack & Max
6 The Fuddy Duddy Watchmaker Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Julie Conway
7 Pushin' Sand Kay Kyser & His Orch.
8 There Goes That Song Again Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Georgia Carroll
9 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Dolly Mitchell
10 Bell Bottom Trousers Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Ferdy, Slim & Quartet
11 Can't You Read Between The Lines Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Dolly Mitchell
12 Rosemary Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Michael Douglas
13 Horses Don't Bet On People Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Clyde Rogers
14 That's For Me Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Michael Douglas & The Campus Kids
15 Slowly Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Michael Douglas & The Campus Kids
16 One-Zy Two-Zy (I Love You-Zy) Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals The Moonbeams
17 Ole Buttermilk Sky Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Michael Douglas & The Campus Kids
18 Huggin' And Chalkin' Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Jack Martin & The Campus Kids
19 The Old Lamp-Lighter Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Michael Douglas & The Campus Kids
20 Managua, Nicagagua (Manag-Wa, Nicarag-Wa) Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals The Campus Kids feat. Gloria Wood
21 Serenade Of The Bells Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit & The Campus Kids
22 Woody Woodpecker Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Gloria Wood
23 On A Slow Boat To China Kay Kyser & His Orch., vocals Harry Babbit & Gloria Wood
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