Charlie Kennedy

Charles Sumner Kennedy (July 2, 1927 – April 3, 2009) was a big band-era alto saxophonist.

Kennedy played with Louis Prima's big band orchestra in the 1940s. He performed a solo on that band's 1943 recording of "The White Cliffs of Dover". After a brief stint in his own band, he joined Gene Krupa's big band.

Over the course of his career, he also played with Terry Gibbs's Dream Band, as well as Charlie Ventura, Flip Phillips, Chico O'Farrill, and Bill Holman.

In addition to live performances and recordings with big-name bands, he also was a frequent studio musician. He played in the orchestras for popular movies including My Fair Lady and West Side Story.

In the 1970s, for more stable income to support his family with six children, he gave up his career as a full-time musician, but continued to perform in clubs near his home in southern California.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 2nd, 1927 (Staten Island), Died April 3rd, 2009 (Ventura)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1957

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 10060 4/25/1957 Bright eyes Bill Holman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 10061 4/25/1957 You and I Bill Holman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 10062 4/25/1957 Evil eyes Bill Holman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 10063 4/29/1957 Airegin Bill Holman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 10064 4/29/1957 Come rain or come shine Bill Holman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 10065 4/29/1957 The big street Bill Holman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kennedy, Charlie," accessed November 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/325068.

Kennedy, Charlie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/325068.

"Kennedy, Charlie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/325068

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