Hmmn…. ever wonder?? On Nov. 17, 1938, Orchestra leader Kay Kyser gave a lectur…

Written by on November 18, 2017


Hmmn…. ever wonder??

On Nov. 17, 1938, Orchestra leader Kay Kyser gave a lecture at CCNY college in New York City on “the inner workings and artistic features of swing music.” Its popularity leads to Kyser being given his own popular NBC radio show, “Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge.”

Kyser and his band, toured Midwest restaurants and night clubs and gradually built a following. They were particularly popular at Chicago’s Blackhawk restaurant, where Kyser came up with an act combining a quiz with music which became “Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge.” The act was broadcast on the Mutual Radio network in 1938 and then moved to NBC Radio from 1939 to 1949. The show rose in the ratings and spawned many imitators. Kyser led the band as “The Ol’ Perfessor,” spouting catchphrases, some with a degree of Southern American English terms: “That’s right—you’re wrong”, “Evenin’ folks, how y’all?” and “C’mon, chillun! Le’s dance!”

Kyser and his orchestra were an excellent band. They had 11 number one records, including some of the most popular songs of the late 1930s and early 1940s.

79 years ago. Damn fine idea Mr., er, Ol’ Perfessor!!!!

AND!!!! to help celebrate this day in history, The College of Rock and Roll Knowledge has released our Holiday Collection (cool shirts) click here www.thecollegeofrock.com




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