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Ken Darby

voc, 1909-1992 US, Nebraska
Singer / Composer / Arranger / Conductor of Pop
A.k.a. Kenneth Lorin Darby

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).

  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
  • Jazz
  • Children's Music
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Ding-Dong! Emerald City - Outtake on The Wizard of Oz [Deluxe Edition] by Various Artists
How To Marry A Millionaire: New York - From "How To Marry A Millionaire" on Marilyn Monroe by Marilyn Monroe
Bidin' My Time (from "Girl Crazy") - 2022 Remaster on Judy Garland: Recordings from the M-G-M Films by Judy Garland
The Enchanted Sea on Ports Of Paradise by Alfred Newman & Ken Darby
"God rest ye merry gentlemen" [Ebenezer Scrooge] on A Christmas Carol by Ronald Colman & Charles Laughton
Blue Tahitian Moon on Ports Of Paradise by Alfred Newman & Ken Darby
Ports Of Paradise on Ports Of Paradise by Alfred Newman & Ken Darby
Now Is The Hour on Ports Of Paradise by Alfred Newman & Ken Darby
"Quickly I made myself ready for bed" [Marley's Ghost] on A Christmas Carol by Ronald Colman & Charles Laughton
To You Sweetheart, Aloha on Ports Of Paradise by Alfred Newman & Ken Darby

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Porgy And BessAndré Previn, Ken Darby2010Album
How The West Was Won (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Alfred Newman, Ken Darby1997Album
Great Americana Film Scores / The KentuckianBernard Herrmann, Alfred Newman, Hugo Friedhofer, Franz Waxman, Ken Darby1977Album
How The West Was Won, Original SoundtrackAlfred Newman, Debbie Reynolds, Ken Darby1963Album
Ports Of ParadiseAlfred Newman And Ken Darby1960Album
Selections From The Album Ports Of ParadiseAlfred Newman And Ken Darby1960Single
Drinking SongsRudy Vallee with Ken Darby & The King's Men1954Album
Polly Wolly DoodleBurl Ives With The Ray Charles Singers With Ken Darby And The King's MenSingle
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