Two for Tuesday: Jack Jones

I was really stuck for who to feature this week, so I checked the birthdays for today and learned that Jack Jones was born on this day in 1938.

Jack Jones is another singer that my parents loved, and I remember hearing his 1963 album Wives and Lovers on heavy rotation at home. The son of actors Allan Jones and Irene Hervey, Jack got his first break with his father at the Thunderbird Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He signed with Capitol Records in 1959 and recorded several albums for them before producer Pete King heard him and signed him to Kapp Records in 1961. He left Kapp for RCA in 1967, and after recording several albums in the same “Las Vegas lounge singer” style of his Kapp years, he changed musical directions and began to sing the popular music of the early Seventies, including songs by Harry Nilsson, Bread, the Beach Boys, and others. He’s still working and recording, although not as much as in years past.

Our first number is “Wives and Lovers,” a somewhat un-PC song written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach that was the title track from his 1963 album of the same name. This performance was taken from an episode of “The Joey Bishop Show” in 1964.

Jack might be best known in recent years as the original singer of theme from the ABC-TV series “The Love Boat,” which began its run in 1978. This is an extended version of the theme, quite popular in the discos, still popular when the show began.

Happy birthday, Jack Jones, your Two for Tuesday, January 14, 2014.