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 151-175 of 300 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 63338 10-in. 2/9/1938 My Bonnie lies over the ocean Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 63339 10-in. 2/9/1938 You go to my head Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 63340 10-in. 2/9/1938 Dear old southland Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 64961 10-in. 1/27/1939 Last night a miracle happened Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist  
Decca 64962 10-in. 1/27/1939 Riverboat shuffle Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 64963 10-in. 1/27/1939 Boneyard shuffle-1 Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65012 10-in. 2/13/1939 Could be Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65013 10-in. 2/13/1939 I won't believe it Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65015 10-in. 2/13/1939 This night (will be my souvenir) Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65017 10-in. 2/13/1939 Honolulu Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 65035 10-in. 2/17/1939 Sunrise serenade-1 Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65036 10-in. 2/17/1939 I promise you Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65037 10-in. 2/17/1939 Heaven can wait Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65038 10-in. 2/14/1939 (Gotta get some) Shut-Eye Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65044 10-in. 2/20/1939 Ay ay ay Casa Loma Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65045 10-in. 2/20/1939 Rockin' chair-1 Louis Armstrong ; Casa Loma Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65046 10-in. 2/20/1939 Lazybones Louis Armstrong ; Casa Loma Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65063 10-in. 2/25/1939 Washboard blues Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65064 10-in. 2/25/1939 Little old lady Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65065 10-in. 2/25/1939 Lazy river Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65066 10-in. 2/25/1939 Moon country Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65180 10-in. 3/15/1939 Star dust Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65181 10-in. 3/15/1939 One morning in May Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65182 10-in. 3/15/1939 In the still of the night Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 65183 10-in. 3/15/1939 Georgia on my mind Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
(Results 151-175 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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