Legendary Grammy-Winning Entertainer Jack Jones Celebrates His 50th Anniversary In Show Business At The McCallum Theatre 11/23
Jack Jones celebrates his fiftieth anniversary in show business in a special one night only concert at The McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert on Saturday, November 23, at 8:00pM. Jones won two Grammys for "Best Pop Male Vocal Performance" with his singles "Lollipops and Roses" and "Wives and Lovers." He was also nominated for "The Impossible Dream," and his recording of "Wives and Lovers" was nominated for "Record of the Year". His hit records include "The Race Is On," "Lady," "Call Me Irresponsible," and "What I Did for Love." He is a leading interpreter of musical theater, with acclaimed performances in Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, She Loves Me, Pajama Game, and as Don Quixote in the national tour of Man of La Mancha. Jones's credits also include film and television roles, an internationally syndicated TV variety show, and performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the White House and he has performed and recorded theme songs for film and TV, including "Love with a Proper Stranger" and "The Love Boat."
Jack Jones was born in Hollywood on the night his singer/movie star father, Allan Jones, recorded his hit, "Donkey Serenade," He would make his famous parents (his mother was the actress Irene Hervey) proud for the diversity and breadth of his talent. Jones attended University High School in West Los Angeles, studying drama and singing with private teachers. A young athlete, he gave up track and football to devote himself to the arts.
Jones's professional debut was a brief stint in his father's act at the Thunderbird Hotel in Las Vegas when he was 19. He went out on his own three weeks later, working odd jobs while pursuing a singing career. His break came when a demo he recorded found its way to Capitol Records where he recorded a few singles and an album. Although he eventually left Capitol, one gem from his album, "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," caught the attention of a San Francisco club owner who booked him for a three week run. While performing there, he was discovered by Pete King, a producer for Kapp Records who quickly signed him. Jack was still working his "day job" at a gas station when his first album was released. While washing a customer's windshield, he was surprised to hear one of his cuts playing on the car radio.
As his career gained momentum, Jones developed an appreciation for well-constructed songs. His respect for songs that tell stories with meaning and beauty led him to record works by the great balladeers: Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Michel Legrand and Alan and Marilyn Bergman. He was also inspired by jazz instrumentalists such as Gerry Mulligan, Buddy Rich, Dave Pell Octet, Marty Paiche Dectet and Count Basie.
?In 1971, Jack Honored Michel Legrand by recording the first complete vocal album in English of the French composer's songs, Jack Jones Sings Michel Legrand. New Jack Swing (1997) introduced Jack to a new generation of fans with hip, swing renditions of "Every Breath You Take," "Have You Ever Loved A Woman," "All Or Nothing At All," and the classic "Mack The Knife." With his release Jack Jones Paints a Tribute to Tony Bennett (1998), Jack paid homage to a friend and an American icon. Jack and Tony have been friends since meeting in the 60s when Jack attended the last show of Tony's engagement at Chicago's Empire Room, before opening in the same room the following night. In 2010, Jack released Love Makes the Changes: The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, a tribute to the lives of Jack's friends and celebrated songwriters, Alan and Marilyn Bergman.