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Kay Starr Collection

Remembered as one of the earliest female country swing artists, Kay Starr appeared on episodes of The Great Gildersleeve, and was a regular Thursday night guest on The Chesterfield Supper Club.

22 old time radio show recordings
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11 Audio CDs


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"Chesterfield Supper with Kay Starr"



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Kay Starr

Some great singers performing at an early age as part of church services, and others at family gatherings. Kay Starr began singing in the backyard ffor the family chickens!

Kay StarrIt wasn't recorded if Kay's singing had any effect on egg production, but an aunt was impressed enough to arrange for Kay to appear on Dallas radio and make the talent show circuit. By the age of ten she had a 15 minute show singing pop and "hillbilly" songs, and making $3 a night; not bad at all for a pre-teen during the depression!

Kay stayed with radio performing when the family moved to Memphis in 1935. When she was 15 the Joe Venuti orchestra was contracted to appear at a Memphis hotel with their female vocalist. They didn't have a female vocalist, but when they heard Kay on the radio and asked her to join them. Because she was still in junior high, her parents insisted on a midnight curfew. She stayed mostly with Venuti for the nest few years, but did have short gigs with Bob Crosby and Glenn Miller.

After high school Kay moved to Los Angeles, where she became part of Capitol Records' stable of girl singers. Because the record label was preparing for a possible musicians strike, they kept the female singers busy building a back-log of unreleased material, but Kay was junior enough that she was forced to record "the left-overs", mostly older material from years past. She returned to her native Oklahoma around 1950 and heard a recording of Bonaparte's Retreat played on fiddle. The tune delighted her enough that she contacted Roy Acuff directly. There was some miscommunication while she convinced Acuff that she was a singer, not a fiddler, and that a new lyrics would have to be written, but eventually the song became one of Starr's earliest hits. She also had a hit with The Rock and Roll Waltz.

Kay Starr is largely remembered as one of the earliest female country swing artists, but she also appeared on a few episodes of The Great Gildersleeve, and she was a regular Thursday night guest on The Chesterfield Supper Club.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    22 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 54 min
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      22 shows - total playtime 9 hours 54 minutes
      1. Chesterfield Show 520423 104 Guest Kay Starr Bell Sisters.mp3
      2. Chesterfield Supper Club 490623.mp3
      3. Chesterfield Supper Club 490630.mp3
      4. Chesterfield Supper Club 491124 Thanksgiving Show.mp3
      5. Cp 460307 214 Ginger Rogers Burl Ives Kay Starr.mp3
      6. Cp 481130 353 Vincent Price Kay Starr Joan Davis.mp3
      7. Glenn Miller 390724 Glenn Island Casino.mp3
      8. Glenn Miller 390726 Glen Island Casino.mp3
      9. Great Gildersleeve 490525 329 Gildy Sues Bullard.mp3
      10. Great Gildersleeve 490601 330 Folk Dancing Class.mp3
      11. Guest Star 491002 0132 Great Day.mp3
      12. Guest Star Radio 325 Kay Starr.mp3
      13. Jubilee 470110 204 Guest Cliff Lang Kay Starr.mp3
      14. Jubilee 470131 204 Cliff Lang Kay Starr Andre Previn.mp3
      15. Jubilee 471227 254 Guest Benny Carter Benny Goodman.mp3
      16. Jubilee 480103 255 Guest Earl Spencer Aho Kaye Starr.mp3
      17. Jubilee 480305 264 Guest Jimmy Zito Kay Starr.mp3
      18. Music Depreciation 450401 22 Parisian Market.mp3
      19. Philco Radio Time 481117 080 Kay Starr.mp3
      20. Philco Radio Time 481208 083 Morton Downey And Kay Starr.mp3
      21. Philco Radio Time 490216 093 Bob Burns And Kay Starr.mp3
      22. Philco Radio Time 490406 100 Jimmy Stewart And Kay Starr.mp3
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    22 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 54 min
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      22 shows - total playtime 9 hours 54 minutes
      1. Chesterfield Show 520423 104 Guest Kay Starr Bell Sisters.mp3
      2. Chesterfield Supper Club 490623.mp3
      3. Chesterfield Supper Club 490630.mp3
      4. Chesterfield Supper Club 491124 Thanksgiving Show.mp3
      5. Cp 460307 214 Ginger Rogers Burl Ives Kay Starr.mp3
      6. Cp 481130 353 Vincent Price Kay Starr Joan Davis.mp3
      7. Glenn Miller 390724 Glenn Island Casino.mp3
      8. Glenn Miller 390726 Glen Island Casino.mp3
      9. Great Gildersleeve 490525 329 Gildy Sues Bullard.mp3
      10. Great Gildersleeve 490601 330 Folk Dancing Class.mp3
      11. Guest Star 491002 0132 Great Day.mp3
      12. Guest Star Radio 325 Kay Starr.mp3
      13. Jubilee 470110 204 Guest Cliff Lang Kay Starr.mp3
      14. Jubilee 470131 204 Cliff Lang Kay Starr Andre Previn.mp3
      15. Jubilee 471227 254 Guest Benny Carter Benny Goodman.mp3
      16. Jubilee 480103 255 Guest Earl Spencer Aho Kaye Starr.mp3
      17. Jubilee 480305 264 Guest Jimmy Zito Kay Starr.mp3
      18. Music Depreciation 450401 22 Parisian Market.mp3
      19. Philco Radio Time 481117 080 Kay Starr.mp3
      20. Philco Radio Time 481208 083 Morton Downey And Kay Starr.mp3
      21. Philco Radio Time 490216 093 Bob Burns And Kay Starr.mp3
      22. Philco Radio Time 490406 100 Jimmy Stewart And Kay Starr.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    22 recordings on 11 Audio CDs
    total playtime 9 hours, 54 min

    Disc A001

    1. Guest Star Radio 325 Kay Starr
    2. Glenn Miller 390724 Glenn Island Casino
    3. Glenn Miller 390726 Glen Island Casino

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    Disc A002

    1. Music Depreciation 450401 22 Parisian Market
    2. Cp 460307 214 Ginger Rogers Burl Ives Kay Starr

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    Disc A003

    1. Jubilee 470110 204 Guest Cliff Lang Kay Starr
    2. Jubilee 470131 204 Cliff Lang Kay Starr Andre Previn

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    Disc A004

    1. Jubilee 471227 254 Guest Benny Carter Benny Goodman
    2. Jubilee 480103 255 Guest Earl Spencer Aho Kaye Starr

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    Disc A005

    1. Jubilee 480305 264 Guest Jimmy Zito Kay Starr
    2. Philco Radio Time 481117 080 Kay Starr

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    Disc A006

    1. Cp 481130 353 Vincent Price Kay Starr Joan Davis

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    Disc A007

    1. Philco Radio Time 481208 083 Morton Downey And Kay Starr
    2. Philco Radio Time 490216 093 Bob Burns And Kay Starr

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    Disc A008

    1. Philco Radio Time 490406 100 Jimmy Stewart And Kay Starr
    2. Great Gildersleeve 490525 329 Gildy Sues Bullard

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    Disc A009

    1. Great Gildersleeve 490601 330 Folk Dancing Class
    2. Chesterfield Supper Club 490623
    3. Chesterfield Supper Club 490630

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    Disc A010

    1. Guest Star 491002 0132 Great Day
    2. Chesterfield Supper Club 491124 Thanksgiving Show

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    Disc A011

    1. Chesterfield Show 520423 104 Guest Kay Starr Bell Sisters

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