Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1964 Jack Jones – Wives And Lovers

1964 Jack Jones – Wives And Lovers

Jack Jones was born in Hollywood, the son of singer/actor Allan Jones and actress Irene Hervey. Allan’s first appearance on film came when he sang The Donkey Serenade in the 1937 film Firefly.

Jack grew up in the Los Angeles area and began singing in Las Vegas at the Thunderbird Hotel and Casino where his father was performing. He recorded several demo records, and when he turned 21, he signed with Capitol Records and released his first album in 1959.

His album and resulting singles failed to grab an audience, and Jack continued to sing at clubs. Pete King was a producer for Kapp Records who heard Jack sing at a San Francisco nightclub and signed him to a new recording contract. Jack recorded Lollipops And Roses in 1961. Jack’s single peaked at only #66 on the Hot 100, but it reached #6 on the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart and won a Grammy Award for Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male.

Jack’s next two singles failed to reach either of those two charts. His recording of Wives And Lovers reached #14 on the Hot 100 in 1964 and made the top ten on the AC chart, and Jack once again received a Grammy award for his performance.

A cover of the George Jones Country recording of The Race Is On reached #12 on the Hot 100 in 1965 and was Jack’s last single to reach the top thirty on the Hot 100. The important result of that single for Jack came on the AC chart, where Jack reached #1 for the first time. He had nine more top ten singles on the AC chart, including two more number one songs. No doubt the Beatles-led British Invasion made it more difficult for traditional pop singers like Jack to find airplay on top forty stations.

Jack’s last visit to the AC chart came when he sang the theme song for The Love Boat in 1980, although the disco-infused single only reached #37.

Jack appeared on an endless parade of television variety shows in the sixties and seventies, singing songs that successfully charted on the AC chart. He also appeared as an actor on a few shows, but usually appeared as either himself or another singer.

He continued recording new material through the nineties, and his last new album came out in 2002.


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