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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 76-100 of 300 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 39920 10-in. 9/4/1935 Takes two to make a bargain Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39921 10-in. 9/4/1935 I wish I were Aladdin Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39922 10-in. 9/4/1935 The devil is afraid of music Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60100 10-in. 10/23/1935 Will love find a way? Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60101 10-in. 10/23/1935 Yankee doodle never went to town Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60182 10-in. 11/29/1935 With all my heart Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60183 10-in. 11/29/1935 Lovely lady Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60233 10-in. 12/16/1935 Lovely lady Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60234 10-in. 12/13/1935 With all my heart Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60425 10-in. 2/1/1936 Moonburn Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60426 10-in. 2/1/1936 My heart and I Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60427 10-in. 2/1/1936 Let yourself go Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60428 10-in. 2/1/1936 I'd rather lead a band Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 60486 10-in. 2/17/1936 I'd rather lead a band Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61152 10-in. 6/10/1936 Shades of Hades Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61153 10-in. 6/10/1936 Copenhagen Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61154 10-in. 6/10/1936 Royal garden blues Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61155 10-in. 6/10/1936 Rose of the Rio Grande Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61156 10-in. 6/10/1936 Jungle jitters-1 Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61157 10-in. 6/10/1936 Bugle call rag Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61555 10-in. 1/28/1937 You're laughing at me Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61556 10-in. 1/28/1937 I've got my love to keep me warm Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61557 10-in. 1/28/1937 Swing high, swing low Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61558 10-in. 1/28/1937 Please keep me in your dreams Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61577 10-in. 2/4/1937 A study in brown Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 76-100 of 300 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sargent, Kenny," accessed June 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107214.

Sargent, Kenny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107214.

"Sargent, Kenny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 June 2024.

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