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 276-300 of 300 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 71209 10-in. 7/27/1942 Moonlight mood Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 71279 10-in. 7/31/1942 I'm old-fashioned Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 71280 10-in. 7/31/1942 Don't do it, darling Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 71284 10-in. 7/31/1942 Purple moonlight Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist  
Decca DLA 825 10-in. 7/2/1937 Yours and mine Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca DLA 826 10-in. 7/2/1937 Let 'er go Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 827 10-in. 7/2/1937 I'm feelin' like a million Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 828 10-in. 7/2/1937 I may be wrong, but I think you're wonderful Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 833 10-in. 7/23/1937 Swing low, sweet chariot Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 834 10-in. 7/23/1937 Smoke rings Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 835 10-in. 7/23/1937 Casa Loma stomp Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 836 10-in. 7/23/1937 For you Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca DLA 837 10-in. 7/23/1937 Always Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 1408 10-in. 8/8/1938 Yours.all yours Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 1409 10-in. 8/15/1938 You never know Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca DLA 1410 10-in. 8/15/1938 At long last love Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca DLA 1411 10-in. 8/15/1938 Hoboken bucket Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 2403 10-in. 5/24/1941 Boogie woogie piano man Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca DLA 2404 10-in. 5/24/1941 As if you didn't know Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca DLA 2405 10-in. 5/24/1941 Hep and happy Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca DLA 2406 10-in. 5/24/1941 Buck fever Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca DLA 2417 10-in. 5/27/1941 Woodland symphony Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca DLA 2418 10-in. 5/27/1941 Swing tonic Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca DLA 2419 10-in. 5/27/1941 Purple moonlight Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca DLA 2420 10-in. 5/26/1941 Off and on Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
(Results 276-300 of 300 records)

Citation

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

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

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

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