conductor, and vocalist who graduated from Brooklyn College and served in
World War II alongside Hal David, Allen Ludden,
and Carl Reiner. While in the army,
Jerry was a member of the Mad Hatters, a quartet of GIs who performed in a
musical revue to entertain the troops entitled Shape Ahoy!.
After the war,
he joined The Beachcombers, who performed with Johnny Long and his orchestra,
and went on to become a member of the Pied Pipers, who backed Frank
Sinatra. He went on to arrange
for and perform on Nat King Cole’s TV show, as well as doing work as
a session musician.
In 1964, he
provided backing vocals on Shirley Scott’s Great Scott!! LP.
Other artists with whom he recorded include Neil Sedaka
and Nina Simone: You can hear
him on Neil Sedaka’s Oh Carol: The Complete
Recordings 1956-1966, Nina Simon’s Silk & Soul, and Nina
Simone Sings the Blues.
In 1972, he
was a member of The Moonlight Serenaders, who
sang with that year’s edition of The Glenn Miller Orchestra. A year later, he helped out the
Barry Sisters by offering vocal support on Our Way (Tahka-Tahka). In 1974, he was plucked for an
unusual assignment: Choral
Director of the randy off-Broadway musical, Let My People Come.
Five years later, he reunited with Frank Sinatra for his boxed set, Trilogy.
of the CD era affords us many opportunities to hear Jerry’s work,
whether it be his backing vocals on Soul
on Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker, Randy Graff’s Doing Something Right: Randy Graff Sings Cy Coleman, Flying Funk, Noel Noel (as a member of The Anne
Phillips Singers) or his musical directorship on Peter, Paul &
Mary’s Carry It On.
away on 17th November 1920, of complications from cancer, aged
Frank Sinatra recordings
That's What God Looks Like To Me (Stan Irvin/Lan
49233 (XNY2101S) (US 45)
Theme from "New York, New York" (Fred Ebb/John Kander)
RPS49233 (XNY 2103 S) (US 45)