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Ginny Simms

Virginia Simms

Vocalist, Actress, Radio Personality

(1915 - 1994)

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Ginny Simms was discovered by Kay Kyser and became such a popular vocalist with his band that she recorded as Ginny Simms and Her Orchestra, backed by the Kyser personnel. She was a major attraction on his radio show, “Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge,” a slapstick musical revue, and appeared in three of the Kyser band’s films from 1939 to 1941, the last of which featured her as co-star. She left the band and had her own popular radio show during the war years.

Her talent and good looks led to a movie contract and two films in 1942, Seven Days Leave and Here We Go Again. She had a feature role in the Abbott and Costello comic musical Hit the Ice (1943) which led to Broadway Rhythm (1944), based on Oscar Hammerstein’s Broadway show, Very Warm for May. In 1945 she made Shady Lady, and the following year she appeared in Night and Day (1946), loosely based on the life of Cole Porter. She starred in Disc Jockey in 1951 before retiring, although later she did record two more albums, one featuring Kyser’s music and the other, her own work.

- Sandra Burlingame


The Best of Kay Kyser & His Orchestra

Kay Kyser



Kollege of Musical Knowledge December 11 1941

Kay Kyser



I'd Like to Set You to Music

Ginny Simms



V-Disc Recordings

Ginny Simms



Love Is Here to Stay

Ginny Simms
Reading and Viewing

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Cary Grant, Alexis Smith

Night and Day

Warner Home Video

DVD


Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Brenda Joyce, Jacqueline deWit, George Cleveland

The Best of Abbott & Costello, Vol. 2 (Hit the Ice / In Society / Here Come the Co-Eds / The Naughty Nineties / Little Giant / The Time of Their Lives / Buck Privates Come Home / The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap)

Universal Studios

DVD - inc;ludes Hit the Ice


Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Ginny Simms

Hit the Ice (1943)

VHS


George Murphy, Ginny Simms, Charles Winninger, Gloria DeHaven, Nancy Walker, Ben Blue, Lena Horne, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Hazel Scott, Tommy Dorsey

Broadway Rhythm

MGM (Warner)

VHS

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