Kenny Sargent

Laurel Kenneth Sargent (March 3, 1906 – December 20, 1969) was an American big band vocalist and saxophonist, primarily known for his work with the Casa Loma Orchestra in the 1930s and 40s.

Born in Centralia, Illinois, Sargent was hired by Glen Gray of the Casa Loma Orchestra in the spring of 1931. He was the Casa Loma Orchestra's primary vocalist and a saxophonist in the late 1930s and early 40s. He had a smooth, high baritone singing voice. He recorded many popular ballads, including "It's the Talk of the Town", which was high on the national charts. Other popular songs he recorded are "Blue Moon", "City Called Heaven", "When I Grow Too Old to Dream". He performed the vocals in the first recording of the standard "You Go to My Head".

Sargent left the band in 1943 to begin a career as a disc jockey, first at WHHM in Memphis, Tennessee. He later was a well-known radio personality in Dallas, Texas at radio stations KLIF (AM) and WRR in the 1950s and 1960s.

He died in Dallas in 1969, aged 63.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 3, 1906, Died December 20, 1969

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, composer

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Recordings (Results 251-275 of 300 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 69968 10-in. 11/23/1941 Sweet and lovely Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70065 10-in. 12/16/1941 Moonlight cocktail Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70066 10-in. 12/16/1941 Purple moonlight Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70067 10-in. 12/16/1941 Until the stars fall down Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70068 10-in. 12/16/1941 The bottom man on the totem pole, part 1 Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70069 10-in. 12/16/1941 The bottom man on the totem pole, part 2 Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70070 10-in. 12/16/1941 Autumn nocturne Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70170 10-in. 1/15/1942 Darling, how you lied Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70171 10-in. 1/15/1942 I would do anything for you Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70172 10-in. 1/15/1942 Angels of mercy Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70173 10-in. 1/15/1942 It's the talk of the town Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70174 10-in. 1/15/1942 I'll never forget Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70604 10-in. 4/1/1942 Here you are Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70605 10-in. 4/1/1942 Oh, the pity of it all Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70606 10-in. 4/1/1942 The mem'ry of this dance Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70607 10-in. 4/1/1942 One dozen roses Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70657 10-in. 4/15/1942 Carry me back to the lone prairie Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70658 10-in. 4/15/1942 Till we meet again Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 70659 10-in. 4/15/1942 Dear old pal of mine Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 71106 10-in. 7/20/1942 Tall grows the timber Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 71107 10-in. 7/20/1942 Yesterday's gardenia Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 71108 10-in. 7/20/1942 I came here to talk for Joe Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 71109 10-in. 7/20/1942 South wind Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 71207 10-in. 7/27/1942 You're in love with someone else Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 71208 10-in. 7/27/1942 Don't get around much any more Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist  
(Results 251-275 of 300 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sargent, Kenny," accessed June 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107214.

Sargent, Kenny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107214.

"Sargent, Kenny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 June 2024.

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