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 101-125 of 300 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 61578 10-in. 2/4/1937 Whoa, babe! Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61579 10-in. 2/4/1937 The Goblin band Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61580 12-in. 2/4/1937 Paramour Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61952 10-in. 2/16/1937 Too marvelous for words Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61953 10-in. 2/16/1937 Zig-zag Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61954 10-in. 2/16/1937 Sentimental and melancholy Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61955 10-in. 2/16/1937 Drifting apart Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62031 10-in. 3/5/1937 I'd be a fool again Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62032 10-in. 3/5/1937 You're here, you're there Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62033 10-in. 3/5/1937 Was it rain? Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62034 10-in. 3/5/1937 Love is good for anything that ails you Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62035 10-in. 3/5/1937 One, two, three little hours Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62082 10-in. 3/30/1937 There's a lull in my life Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62083 10-in. 3/30/1937 Would you like to build a dream? Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62084 10-in. 3/30/1937 Never in a million years Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62085 10-in. 3/30/1937 I remember Glen Gray Orchestra vocalist, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62745 10-in. 11/3/1937 I've got my heart set on you Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62746 10-in. 11/3/1937 Have you met Miss Jones? Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62747 10-in. 11/3/1937 In the mission by the sea Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62748 10-in. 11/3/1937 Farewell, my love Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62749 10-in. 11/3/1937 I'd rather be right Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62796 10-in. 11/19/1937 You took the words right out of my heart Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62797 10-in. 11/19/1937 The waltz lives on Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62798 10-in. 11/19/1937 Thanks for the memory Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62799 10-in. 11/19/1937 Mama, that moon is here again Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
(Results 101-125 of 300 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sargent, Kenny," accessed May 23, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107214.

Sargent, Kenny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 23, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107214.

"Sargent, Kenny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 23 May 2024.

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