Two-time Grammy winner JACK JONES is one of the greatest vocalists of all time - a true singer’s singer - and the very definition of a complete and total entertainer.
Jones’ talent and commitment to his art earned him two Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy Awards; first for his 1962 hit Anthony Velona’s Lollipops and Roses, and the second for his 1964 hit Burt Bacharach/Hal David’s classic Wives and Lovers, which was also nominated for Record of the Year. He was later nominated for Jack Jones Paints A Tribute To Tony Bennett and for The Impossible Dream. His other hits include The Race Is On, Lady, Call Me Irresponsible, and What I Did For Love.
His respect for songs that tell stories with meaning and beauty led him to record works by the greatest balladeers of all time. Among the vocalists who most influenced his style, Jones names Mel Torme, Sammy Davis Jr., Billy Eckstine, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. The respect is mutual. Frank Sinatra noted that “Jack is one of the major singers of our time,” and Mel Torme called him “The greatest ‘pure’ singer in the world.”
With more than 50 albums -- 17 of which reached Billboard’s Top 20 – the popular crooner continues to charm audiences with his wit, sensitivity, and vocal power, consistently selling out world tours in venues ranging from jazz clubs to the London Palladium.
In addition to a successful recording career, Jones’ impressive credits include film and television roles, an internationally syndicated TV variety show, and showcase performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and even the White House. He performed on numerous '60s and '70s variety shows including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Dick Cavett Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Jerry Lewis Show, American Bandstand, This is Tom Jones, The Dean Martin Show, and The Jack Benny Program, among others. The sought-after singer was also featured in two prime-time specials, Jack Jones on the Move (1966), and The Jack Jones Special (1974). For many fans, he will forever be associated with songs recorded for film and television including Love with a Proper Stranger and the theme from The Love Boat.
A leading interpreter of musical theater, Jones has appeared in Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, She Loves Me, The Pajama Game, and The Man Of La Mancha, while also finding time to record new albums. In 1997, he reached a new generation of fans with the release of New Jack Swing which featured hip, swing renditions of pop songs and classics.
Jones marked his 50th anniversary in show business with the 2008 new release of The Love Boat theme for the Holiday Inn chain, and followed in 2010 with the release of Love Makes the Changes: The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. He also shared his voice with yet another generation of new fans when he sang Boat of Romance in the Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb. In 2014, he made a cameo appearance as a nightclub singer in the Oscar-winning film American Hustle.
In 1989, he was honored in his hometown of Hollywood, California, with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, appropriately placed near a star awarded to his father, famed singer Allan Jones (Donkey Serenade). In every phase of Jones long and respected career, the musical perfection and vocal passion of Jack Jones illustrates why he is considered one of the greatest vocalists of our time.
“Arguably the most technically accomplished male pop singer…” The New York Times.
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