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You'll Find Out (1940)

I was pretty harsh on the concept of the ensemble cast radio play comedy in my review of The Gift of Gab, the single Bela Lugosi/Boris Karloff collaboration that brought me no joy. 1,020 more words


'Sound Off' with Harry Von Zell

“Give me five and dig this jive!” — Harry Von Zell, perhaps best known as the announcer and foil for George Burns in the Burns and Allen radio and television programs, is the DJ for this quarter-hour program produced by the AFRS. 133 more words

Kay Kyser

It's 'Kollege' time with Kay Kyser

The AFRS show below is a commercial network program that was revised for use by the Armed Forces Radio Service. (In other words, all commercials were deleted.) … 115 more words

Kay Kyser

'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

Kay Kyser

#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

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