Ken Darby

Ken Darby

Real Name:
Kenneth Lorin Darby
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Ken Darby (born: May 13, 1909 Hebron, NE - died: January 24, 1992 in Sherman Oaks, California.) was an Academy Award and Grammy Award winning American composer, vocal arranger, conductor, choral director, singer and author. He has shared in winning an Oscar three times for The King and I (1956), Porgy and Bess (1959) and Camelot (1967) and was nominated for three others: South Pacific (1958), Flower Drum Song (1961) and How the West Was Won (1963). He shared a Grammy Award with André Previn for Porgy and Bess (1959).

Highlights of his career include: his choral group, The Ken Darby Singers, singing backup for Bing Crosby on the original 1942 Decca Records studio recording of "White Christmas"; composer and production supervisor for Walt Disney Studios; choral and vocal director on the 1946 Disney film classic, Song of the South; associate producer of many record albums; vocal coach for Marilyn Monroe for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and There's No Business Like Show Business (1954); composed the Elvis Presley hit "Love Me Tender" (he signed the rights over to his wife, Vera Matson, whose name appears as co-lyricist with Elvis Presley for royalty purposes).
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Ken Darby Discography

Albums

74 Victor Young And His Orchestra* If I Only Had A Brain and 5 more… The Wizard Of Oz(4xShellac, 10", Album) Decca 74 US 1939 Sell This Version
LP 315 Rudy Vallee with Ken Darby & The Kings Men Rudy Vallee with Ken Darby & The Kings Men - Drinking Songs(10", Album) Storyville (3) LP 315 US 1954 Sell This Version
Alfred Newman And Ken Darby Alfred Newman And Ken Darby - Ports Of Paradise (Album) Capitol Records US 1960 Sell This Version
Alfred Newman, Debbie Reynolds, Ken Darby Alfred Newman, Debbie Reynolds, Ken Darby - How The West Was Won, Original Soundtrack (Album) MGM Records Germany 1962 Sell This Version
ERS 6506 Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Newman, Hugo Friedhofer, Franz Waxman, Ken Darby Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Newman, Hugo Friedhofer, Franz Waxman, Ken Darby - Great American Film Scores / The Kentuckian(LP, Album) Entr'acte (2) ERS 6506 US 1977 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

9-88250 Burl Ives With The Ray Charles Singers, Burl Ives With Ken Darby And The Kings Men Burl Ives With The Ray Charles Singers, Burl Ives With Ken Darby And The Kings Men - Polly Wolly Doodle(7", Single) Decca 9-88250 US Unknown Sell This Version