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'Command Performance' brings variety to listeners

“Command Performance” was one of the mainstays of Armed Forces Radio Service programming during World War II. Listeners heard a variety of performances — such as music, comedy and drama — from some of the biggest names in entertainment in that era. 126 more words

Edward G. Robinson

#1 song 75 years ago today (27 July 1940)

…according to Billboard

“I’ll Never Smile Again,” Tommy Dorsey (featuring Frank Sinatra with The Pied Pipers)

The remainder of the inaugural Top 10…

No. 2, “The Breeze and I,” Jimmy Dorsey… 40 more words


0876 Woody Wood-Pecker - Kay Kyser (1948)

This song, better known as The Woody Woodpecker Song, was the theme tune for the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker. It was written in 1947 by George Tibbles and Ramey Idriss. 92 more words


At the President's Birthday Ball

Mickey McMickle, Johnny Best, Zeke Zarchy, Billy May (tp); Glenn Miller, Paul Tanner, Jimmy Priddy, Frank D’Annolfo (tb); Skip Martin, Wilbur Schwartz, Ernie Caceres, Tex Beneke, Al Klink (reeds); Chummy MacGregor (p); Bobby Hackett (g & cornet); Doc Goldberg (b); Maurice Purtill (d); Marion Hutton, Ray Eberle, Tex Beneke, The Modernaires (vcl); Bill Finegan, Jerry Gray, Billy May (arr). 931 more words

Glenn Miller

Detective 144 - Batman meets Kay Kyser

Kay Kyser was a bandleader with a hit radio show, Kollege of Musical Knowledge, and a string of hit records, including the Woody Woodpecker song.  He appears in Detective 144 (Feb. 136 more words

Kay Kyser, The Celebrity of His Day

Who was Kay Kyser?

Never heard of him? Me neither until I started researching the radio in the 1940s. He was a bandleader and radio personality throughout the 1930s and 1940s. 54 more words


0134 (I'd Like To Get You On a) Slow Boat To China - Kay Kyser (1948)

This song was written by Frank Loesser in 1948. Kay Kyser was the first to have a hit with it when it reached number two on the Billboard chart. 49 more words