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 126-150 of 300 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 62826 10-in. 12/1/1937 I can dream, can't I? Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62827 10-in. 12/1/1937 Memories of you Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 62828 10-in. 12/1/1937 Let's make it a lifetime Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62829 10-in. 12/1/1937 Song of India Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 62862 10-in. 12/8/1937 I see your face before me Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62863 10-in. 12/8/1937 Bei mir bist du schoen Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 62864 10-in. 12/8/1937 Time on my hands Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 62865 12-in. 12/8/1937 Sleepy time gal Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 62882 10-in. 12/14/1937 Two dreams got together Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62883 12-in. 12/14/1937 Drifting apart Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 62884 10-in. 12/14/1937 You have everything Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 62885 10-in. 12/14/1937 I cried for you Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62898 10-in. 12/22/1937 Sweet as a song Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 62899 10-in. 12/22/1937 I could use a dream Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 63109 10-in. 12/22/1937 Girl of my dreams Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 63179 10-in. 1/19/1938 My heart is taking lessons Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63180 10-in. 1/19/1938 Did an angel kiss the day you were born? Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 63181 10-in. 1/19/1938 Nutty nursery rhymes Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63182 10-in. 1/19/1938 This is my night to dream Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 63222 10-in. 2/2/1938 What is this thing called love? Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 63223 10-in. 2/2/1938 Malady in F minor Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 63224 10-in. 2/2/1938 Mindin' my business Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 63261 10-in. 2/9/1938 You better change your tune Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63262 10-in. 2/9/1938 The old apple tree Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63337 10-in. 2/9/1938 Daddy's boy Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
(Results 126-150 of 300 records)

Citation

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

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

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

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