Kay Kyser Fun With The Ol' Professor '44-47

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  • Compiled and Produced by Dan Rivard
  • Digital Audio Restoration: Ken Robertson
  • Liner Notes: Gary Theroux
  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Collectables Records

Description by OLDIES.com:

Although dubbed "The Genius Of Jazz" by The New York Times, James Kern "Kay" Kyser was also noted in Ripley's Believe It Or Not as the only major bandleaders who not only could not read music but rarely sang or played an instrument. Instead, Kay proved himself the master showman, assembling and directing one of the finest and most-loved of all big bands. Kyser and company starred in seven movies and racked up nearly 80 hits between 1935 and 1948. This collection includes a few of them, but is mostly comprised of Kay Kyser collectibles - rare tracks cut between 1944 and 1947. Among them: the superb flip sides of many hits plus other tracks somehow lost amid the flood of Kyser chartbusters.


  • 1.I'm Gonna See My Baby
  • 2.Like Someone In Love
  • 3.Choo Choo Polka
  • 4.I Don't Wanna Do It Alone
  • 5.Coffee Time
  • 6.Angel
  • 7.All The Time
  • 8.There's No One But You
  • 9.I Love An Old Fashioned Song
  • 10.On The Wrong Side Of You
  • 11.That's The Beginning Of The End
  • 12.Managua, Nicaragua
  • 13.If My Heart Had A Window
  • 14.A Trout, No Doubt
  • 15.It's Kind Of Lonesome Out Tonight
  • 16.Pass That Peace Pipe
  • 17.Evelyn
  • 18.Cincinnati
  • 19.Teresa
  • 20.I Love You
  • 21.There Ought To Be A Society (For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Poor Unfortunate Lovers)
  • 22.Sweet And Lovely
  • 23.When Veronica Plays The Harmonica
  • 24.The Little Old Lady Of Threadneedle Street
  • 25.Ever Since Eve

Product Description:

Personnel: Kay Kyser (vocals); Dolly Mitchell, Michael Douglas , Moonbeamers, Campus Kids, Gene Walsh, Gloria Wood, Harry Babbitt, Lucy Ann Polk, Sully Mason, Linda Stevens (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Gary Theroux.
Collectables Fun With the 'Ol Professor '44-'47 collects various tracks recorded by swing bandleader Kay Kyser during the latter stage of his career. Kyser's band grew from a likeable if lightweight cornball dance band into a solid and respected swing ensemble. By the late '40s Kyser had let some hardcore jazz improvisation filter into his sound which began to reflect the more adventurous Bebop-style.There are a few hits included here, but mostly these are lesser known b-sides. As such, collectors searching for a solid overview of Kyser's career should look elsewhere. That said, this does make for a nice alternative compilation for longtime Kyser fans as most everything here is top-notch. ~ Matt Collar

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Dreamy ballads and solid swing... nice package! Music Lover: from Los Angeles, CA US -- December, 17, 2004

This set gives a good sampling of why Kyser was so popular... even though most of these weren't huge hits they amply display his talent for promoting great vocalists and arrangers. I particularly liked the uptempo stuff... Sully Mason sells "I'm Gonna See My Baby" with gusto while a rockin' sax takes over when he leaves off! "Pass that Peace Pipe" from "Good News" also receives nice treatment. My only plea to Collectables... How about a taste of Kyser rarities from the early 40's? Come on chillun'? Please??

Fun?? Maybe... Music Lover: from Los Angeles -- December, 16, 2003

As a kyser "Kollector" for many years, '44-'47 were NOT fun years for Kyser, who was busy w/ the war effort. His presence is barely felt on these later period tunes. Most of his popular vocalists had moved on by now. What's here is nice, generic pop of the mid-late 40s.

Great job! Music Lover: from Maplewood, NJ US -- December, 2, 2003

Nice to see these rarely-heard sides collated here. Audio restoration rates 5 stars - congrats to Ken Robertson (who I assume also did the great work on the Collectables' Duchin set). Kyser had some great singers during this period, including Mike Douglas, Lucy Ann Polk, Gloria Wood and, of course, Harry Babbitt, all featured here. Very small quibble: I would loved to have seen two favorites of mine included: "Things Have Changed" (Harry Babbitt at his best on an obscure, nostalgic Hoagy Carmichael song) and "Dreamville" (which I believe featured Mike Douglas). Maybe next time, Mr. Rivard?

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