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 201-225 of 300 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 67238 10-in. 2/27/1940 The fable of the rose Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67239 10-in. 2/27/1940 A lover's lullaby Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67240 10-in. 2/27/1940 Save your sorrow for tomorrow Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67342 10-in. 3/20/1940 Jimtown blues Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67343 10-in. 3/20/1940 Big Bad Bill Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67344 10-in. 3/20/1940 No name jive, part 1 Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67345 10-in. 3/20/1940 No name jive, part 2 Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67459 10-in. 4/3/1940 Sierra Sue Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67460 10-in. 4/3/1940 Charming little faker Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67461 10-in. 4/3/1940 Polka dots and moonbeams Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67462 10-in. 4/3/1940 Soft winds Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67515 10-in. 4/10/1940 The pessimistic character Casa Loma Orchestra ; Glen Gray instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67516 10-in. 4/10/1940 I haven't time to be a millionaire Casa Loma Orchestra ; Glen Gray instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67517 10-in. 4/10/1940 April played the fiddle Casa Loma Orchestra ; Glen Gray instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67518 10-in. 4/10/1940 Meet the sun half-way Casa Loma Orchestra ; Glen Gray instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67561 10-in. 4/17/1940 Rock Island flag stop Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67562 10-in. 4/17/1940 When Buddha smiles Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67680 10-in. 5/7/1940 I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67681 10-in. 5/7/1940 Coral sea Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67682 10-in. 5/7/1940 Mirage Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67683 10-in. 5/7/1940 Beautiful dreamer Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67745 10-in. 5/16/1940 Clear out of this world Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67746 10-in. 5/16/1940 Temptation Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67747 10-in. 5/16/1940 I touched a star Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, vocalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67748 10-in. 5/16/1940 A Latin tune, a Manhattan moon and you Glen Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
(Results 201-225 of 300 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sargent, Kenny," accessed May 30, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107214.

Sargent, Kenny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 30, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107214.

"Sargent, Kenny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 30 May 2024.

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