performed with the Airmen of Note from 1963 to 1965 and went on to join the
Ray Conniff Singers. He was also part of The Versatiles and sang loads of commercial jingles, in addition
to becoming a valuable session singer.
Early soundtrack credits include Goodbye,
Mr. Chips and Time to Run. He and his wife, Diana Lee, provided
the singing voices for Peter Finch and Liv Ullman in the 1973 film, Lost Horizon. They
went on to record the children’s albums, Songs from Sesame Street 2 and Songs from The Electric Company TV Show.
were overall a pretty productive time for Jerry: He established himself in the
recording studio, lending his vocal talents to Elkie
Brooks’ Rich Man’s Woman
and The Carpenters’ Horizon,
as well as pitching in on The
Partridge Family and the title theme song to Happy Days. Later,
he appeared with the progressive rock band Triumvirat
on their 1978 offering, A la Carte,
and sang the title track to the short-lived TV show, When the Whistle Blows.
and groups with whom Jerry has collaborated include David Axelrod, Michel Colombier, Neil Diamond, Harvey Mason, Sr., Billy May,
The Outlaws, Norman Saleet, Frank Sinatra, and
The Tubes. He also followed up
his early film success by appearing on the soundtracks of Grease, Death Becomes Her, The
Jungle Book 2, Lady in White,
Phantom of the Paradise, Van Helsing,
and The Wind in the Willows, and
sang “Too Bad You’re Crazy” over the end credits of the
horror film, April Fool’s Day.
The 1990s saw
him collaborating with talents as diverse as Lorrie Morgan and Weird Al Yankovic, and performing “You’re Never
Fully Dressed Without A Smile (Radio Version)” on the TV-movie
version of Annie.
There are limited
opportunities to hear Jerry solo:
He covered “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” with
Perry Botkin, Jr. & His Orchestra on Reader’s Digest Music: The Burt Bacharach Songbook,
“Scarborough Fair” on Luv TV, and if
you’re a fan of Mr. Rogers, there is always Jerry Whitman Sings Songs From The Mr. Rogers TV Show.