Kay Kyser

1935-1939

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A typically slapdash Sunbeam package credits only the vocalists, which in this case are an entertaining mix including a generous serving of songstress Ginny Simms and an amusing dollop of the notorious Ish Kabibble, real name Merwyn Brogue. Kyser digs into an Ellington file here and there -- the bandleader himself may have mounted resistance to the increasing roar of so-called "jungle music" -- but he probably couldn't find horn players for his sections that weren't influenced one way or another by the changing styles, especially the sound of soloists such as Johnny Hodges. Acceptable jazz content aside, the novelty vocal numbers will probably get the most play, especially "A Horse Ain't Much Sense" and the delirious "Show Your Linen, Miss Richardson." "Three Little Fishies," featuring all the vocalists together, is completely over the top.

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