Charles Francis Kenny (June 23, 1898 – January 20, 1992) was an American composer, lyricist, author, and violinist. His hit songs include "There's a Gold Mine in the Sky", "Love Letters in the Sand", "Laughing at Life", and "Because It's Your Birthday Today", all of which were written with his brother Nick Kenny. The birthday song appeared in the Our Gang episode Practical Jokers.
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Birth and Death Data: Born June 23, 1898 (Astoria), Died January 20, 1992 (Eatontown)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist, composer
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 84 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-36894||10-in.||11/2/1926||We're the Sunday drivers||Billy Murray's Trio||Male vocal trio, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41525||10-in.||1/6/1928||When the Robert E. Lee comes to town||Harry Reser's Banjo Boys||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-58565||10-in.||2/10/1930||Why do they call it a drug store?||Gerald Macy ; Ed Smalle||Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-59646||10-in.||3/21/1930||No es pecado||Marimba Centro-Americana||Marimba band||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-64607||10-in.||11/4/1930||Laughing at life||McKinney's Cotton Pickers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-67491||10-in.||3/5/1931||Doin' the rumba||Irving Mills Orchestra ; The Sunshine Boys||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-70184||10-in.||8/27/1931||Love letters in the sand||Tom Brown ; Ted Black Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-70222||10-in.||9/9/1931||Love letters in the sand||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-81945||10-in.||3/16/1934||Flat feet||Burns and Reed||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-99041||10-in.||2/3/1936||Every minute of the hour||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-99544||10-in.||2/6/1936||Every minute of the hour (Every hour of the day)||Dolly Dawn ; George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-06592||10-in.||4/1/1937||Carelessly||Bunny Berigan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-06859||10-in.||4/8/1937||Carelessly||Ted Mack Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-07785||10-in.||4/13/1937||Carelessly||Kay Thompson Orchestra ; Rhythm Singers||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-015828||10-in.||11/4/1937||There's a gold mine in the sky||Art Kassel ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra ; Billy Leach||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-017734||10-in.||12/17/1937||There's a gold mine in the sky||Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Seven Stylists||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-017777||10-in.||12/28/1937||There's a gold mine in the sky||Kate Smith||Female vocal solo and vocal ensemble, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-022474||10-in.||4/20/1938||Cathedral in the pines||Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra ; Jerry Stewart||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-022668||10-in.||4/28/1938||Cathedral in the pines||Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-027252||10-in.||10/1/1938||It's a lonely trail (When you're travelin' all alone)||Blue Barron ; Russ Carlyle Glee Club||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-027917||10-in.||10/14/1938||While a cigarette was burning||Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; Charles Wilson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-028132||10-in.||10/20/1938||While a cigarette was burning||Frank Dailey ; Howard DuLany ; Stop and Go Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-030474||10-in.||12/23/1938||It's a lonely trail (When you're travelin' all alone)||Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-034262||10-in.||3/8/1939||Little skipper||Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-035316||10-in.||3/20/1939||Little skipper||Ozzie Nelson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kenny, Charles," accessed May 28, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109896.
Kenny, Charles. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 28, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109896.
"Kenny, Charles." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 28 May 2023.
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LCNAR: Kenny, Charles, 1898-1992 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no94000823
Wikidata: Charles Kenny - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q5079756
MusicBrainz: Charles Kenny - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/1c8daef8-ea70-4f97-828c-92a7b68ba446
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