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Sammy Kaye

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Sammy Kaye’s music group was a textbook exemplory case of “sugary” dance rings: large groupings whose agreements seldom swung in the real sense, but were extremely popular among those that enjoyed overly sentimental light pop and novelty music. Kaye started building his status in college, after that became popular on radio in Cincinnati. He shifted to Pittsburgh and finally became a nationwide staple. His radio display Weekend Serenade was a big success within the ’40s and ’50s. Kaye got many pop strikes, a few of them modified for Broadway displays. His gimmick of experiencing enthusiasts volunteer to business lead his music group was very popular and was used in television within the ’50s. Perry Como and Nat Ruler Cole got strikes with Kay materials. This was definately not being truly a jazz music group in the true sense, but produced enjoyable materials of its kind.

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Full Name Sammy Kaye
Died June 2, 1987, Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States
Profession Bandleader
Education Rocky River High School, Ohio University
Nationality American
Music Songs Daddy, Chickery Chick, Harbor Lights, Until Tomorrow, The Gypsy, In the Mission of St. Augustine, Remember Pearl Harbor, Baby Face, Don't Fence Me In, Walkin' to Missouri, An Apple Blossom Wedding, I'm a Big Girl Now, I Came Here To Talk For Joe, I Thought She Was A Local, Gotta Be This or That, I Can’t Begin to Tell You, The Hut Sut Song, The Old Lamp-Lighter, I Love You Yes I Do, We'll Meet Again, Longing for You, Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh, Music, Maestro, Please!, That's My Desire, Wanderin', Lavender Blue, The Four Winds and the Seven Seas, I Went to Your Wedding, Room Full of Roses, UUU, Laughing On The Outside, A Merry Christmas to You
Albums Swing And Sway, I Want To Wish You A Merry Christmas, Midnight Serenade, Popular American Waltzes, Ballroom Date, Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye, Bells Are Ringing (1960 film cast), Always, Don't Fence Me In, This Is Sammy Kaye, The Old Lamplighter - Big Band Favourites, As Time Goes By, For Your Dancing Party, Sammy Kay's Sunday Serenade, For Dancing Sammy Kaye Swings And Sways My Fair Lady, Dancing With Sammy Kaye In Hi Fi, Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye (Mono Version), Kaye, Jazz pour danser (Mono Version), Harbor Lights, Forever, White Horse, Dance Till Tomorrow, Christmas Love, Big Band Classics, Blue Prelude, Let There Be Love, Mona Lisa, Baby Face, Ain't She Sweet, I'll Get By, The Uncollected Volume 2, Music Maestro Please, Acoustic Duets, 21 of His Greatest Hits, Best Of The Big Bands, Some Winter Dreams, Sammy Kaye Madness, Famous Jazz Instrumentalists, The Sammy Kaye Collection, Bell Serenade, The Very Best Of, The Best Of Sammy Kaye, Friends of Sammy Kaye, The Best Of, I'll Buy That Dream, Sammy Kaye Dreams, HONEY
TV Shows So You Want to Lead a Band


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#Fact
1 He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard; for Television at 6419 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Radio at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 475-476. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
3 Member of Theta Chi Fraternity (Alpha Tau Chapter, Ohio University)
4 First-generation American. Parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic).
5 Graduated from Rocky River High School, Rocky River, Ohio in 1927.
6 Tagline: Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye.
7 Big band bandleader.
8 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1992.
9 Was famous for his audience-participation gimmick, "So You Want to Lead a Band?," where audience members would try leading his band and win batons for their efforts.
10 Leader of one of the most popular so-called "sweet" bands of the big band era, he recorded prolifically for RCA Victor, Columbia, and American Decca records. His hit records included "It Isn't Fair," "Daddy," "Room Full of Roses," "Charade," and his theme, "Kaye's Melody."


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pretty Little Liars 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
L.A. Noire 2011 Video Game performer: "Red Silk Stockings and Green Perfume"
The Anniversary Party 2001 performer: "Charade"
Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story 2000 Documentary performer: "Honey"
Radio Days 1987 music: "Remember Pearl Harbor" 1941 / performer: "Remember Pearl Harbor" 1941
The Victors 1963 writer: "Remember Pearl Harbor" - uncredited
Iceland 1942/I music: "Kaye's Melody" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kraft Theatre 1954 TV Series
Song of the Open Road 1944 Orchestra Leader Sammy Kaye

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Words and Music 1966 TV Series creator

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Big Band Bash 1978 TV Movie Himself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1966-1967 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1950-1965 TV Series Himself / Himself - Orchestra Leader
The Merv Griffin Show 1962 TV Series Himself
Dough Re Mi 1960 TV Series Himself
The Big Record 1957 TV Series Himself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Guest Orchestra Conductor
Kreisler Bandstand 1951 TV Series Himself
The Sammy Kaye Show 1950 TV Series Himself
Iceland 1942/I Himself - Leader of His Orchestra

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: The Big Band Years 2009 TV Movie Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6419 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording On 8 February 1960. At 6767 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio On 8 February 1960. At 6821 Hollywood Blvd.


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