10/27/10 By shar music
Kay Kyser Book named National "Best Book 2010" by USA Book News
Awarded to Author Steven Beasley
LOS ANGELES, CA - October 26, 2010, Richland Creek Publishing is proud to announce that author Steven Beasley has received acclaim as the award-winner in the History Media/Entertainment category of the National “Best Books 2010” Awards, sponsored by USA Book News for his detailed biography of Kay Kyser – The Professor of Swing! America ’s Forgotten Superstar. This is the very first and only biography about the 1930’s 40’s bandleader Kay Kyser who set swing music on it’s ear – then disappeared. The book rediscovers and dusts off a wealth of forgotten musical and Hollywood history and is an important part of American music history that has now been preserved for generations to come. The book is 341 pages, includes full KK discography, over 100 photos, rare interviews with Kay Kyser, his band members, and the Kyser family and of course the full life story of the Ol’Professor himself. There are also profiles on prominent KK orchestra members, color repros of KK movie posters, sheet music and magazine covers. www.kaykyserbook.com
Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USABookNews.com, said this year’s contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries. Keen says of the awards, now in their eighth year, “The 2010 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States . With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of BBA, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season.”
Author, Steven Beasley - Originally from the deep south, Steven’s professional past has included such music related assignments as assistant director of the scoring stage at Paramount Pictures, Hollywood in the early 1990’s. He was also head recording engineer/producer at Songsafe Recording in the San Fernando Valley , and is currently serving the same function at Coffeetone Studio, his own twenty-four track digital facility in the Los Angeles area. Beasley has researched the Kay Kyser Orchestra for twenty years, Gaining both their confidence and friendship, getting their history first hand from former band members and the Kyser family. In addition, he is a professional musician and songwriter, having songs placed in films, written and recorded musical scores that have shown on Showtime, HBO and Europe . Steven is an internationally published author with articles in England ’s Big Bands International magazine and stateside, Back In The Mood periodical. A husband and father of two, Steven currently resides in the Los Angeles , CA area.
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