Jack Jones

Active - 1980s - 2013  |   Born - Jan 14, 1938 in Los Angeles, CA  |   Genres - Comedy, Music [nf], Comedy Drama, Drama

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A two-time Grammy winner in the early '60s, Jack Jones made a fine living thereafter, blending vocal standards from traditional pop with swinging renditions of contemporary pop and rock hits. The son of the romantic lead actor and recording artist Allan Jones (who had a hit with "The Donkey Serenade") and actress Irene Hervey, Jones began studying the vocal arts in high school, and after graduation joined his father's successful act on the nightclub circuit. Jack left less than a year later, determined to make it on his own, and began playing small clubs around the country. Several years after forging his independence, Jones was spotted in San Francisco and signed to Kapp Records in 1961. Though he was called into the Army soon after, he managed to record the single "Lollipops and Roses," a moderate 1962 hit which earned him a Grammy for Best Performance by a Male Singer. He earned another Grammy for his best-known hit, the Burt Bacharach-Hal David chestnut "Wives and Lovers." Jones became a successful LP seller, touring artist (especially in Great Britain), and an occasional television performer, singing the first of two themes for the long-running Love Boat (from 1977 through 1985, when Dionne Warwick took over). Jones also mounted a successful act in Las Vegas during the 1980s and '90s. His acting resumé includes such features as the telemovie Condominium (1980) and the theatrical films Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) and Into the Sun (1992).

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