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Memorable Manitobans: Wally Koster (1923-1975)

Musician.

Born in Winnipeg, he became a band singer in 1939. After World War Two he was trombonist and chief male vocalist with the Mart Kenny Band from 1949 to 1952. He later starred in CBC-TV’s Cross Canada Hit Parade and sang in musicals at Rainbow Stage in the 1950s. He made several LP recordings. He died in Toronto.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Louise Olson, niece of W. Koster, for additional information used in this profile.

Page revised: 12 May 2008

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