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 51-75 of 300 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 39133 10-in. 11/16/1934 The object of my affection Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39174 10-in. 12/19/1934 Just a fair-weather friend Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39175 10-in. 12/19/1934 I woke up too soon Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39176 10-in. 12/19/1934 In my country that means love Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39233 10-in. 1/9/1935 Fare Thee well, Annabelle Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39234 10-in. 1/9/1935 When I grow too old to dream Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39235 10-in. 1/9/1935 The night is young Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39236 10-in. 1/9/1935 In a blue and pensive mood Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39333 10-in. 2/6/1935 The little man with the hammer Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39334 10-in. 2/6/1935 Who's sorry now ? Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39335 10-in. 2/6/1935 Ain't it just too bad ? Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39336 10-in. 2/6/1935 Things might have been so diff'rent Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39374 10-in. 2/20/1935 Lookie, lookie, lookie, here comes Cookie Casa Loma Orchestra ; Glen Gray instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39375 10-in. 2/20/1935 My dance Casa Loma Orchestra ; Glen Gray vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39376 10-in. 2/20/1935 Love and a dime ; East of the sun Casa Loma Orchestra ; Glen Gray instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39377 10-in. 2/20/1935 My heart is an open book Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39400 10-in. 3/13/1935 Two little slippers and two big shoes Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39401 10-in. 3/13/1935 You're walking in my sleep Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39402 10-in. 3/13/1935 Cotton Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39403 10-in. 3/13/1935 Love passes by Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 39469 10-in. 4/3/1935 Once upon a midnight Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39470 10-in. 4/3/1935 Two heads against the moon Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39471 10-in. 4/3/1935 Song of spring Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39472 10-in. 4/3/1935 Chant of the jungle Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39919 10-in. 9/4/1935 Without a word of warning Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 51-75 of 300 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sargent, Kenny," accessed July 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107214.

Sargent, Kenny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107214.

"Sargent, Kenny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 July 2024.

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