Image of a young girl standing at a Munroe’s window display. The display is a promotion for an appearance by Sammy Kaye. It reads, “Here in Munroe’s! In person, Sammy Kaye, SAT JAN 11th 5 to 7 pm. Have your latest Sammy Kaye recordings autographed. Tune in Special, Sammy Kaye Broadcast, direct from our record department, Sat Jan 11th, WKPT, 5:15 pm. Dance to the Swing and Sway music of Sammy Kaye, dancing 9 to? Sponsored by Kingsport Civitan Club.”
Sammy Kaye (1910-1987) was a leader of one of the “Sweet” bands of the Big Band era. During his performances he would often call audience members onto the stage to lead the orchestra. This gimmick became known as “So You Want to Lead a Band?” In 1992 he was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Though born in Lakewood Ohio, he had family members in the Kingsport area.
Munroe’s Radio Service was located at 215 Commerce Street.
Photographer: McNeer, Thomas Jr.
Date Taken: 1947
Collection(s): Thomas McNeer, Jr. Collection, 1945-1988
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