A two-time Grammy winner in the early '60s, Jack Jones
has made a fine living since, blending vocal standards from traditional pop with swinging renditions of contemporary pop and rock hits. Born in Los Angeles in 1938, Jones
was the son of the romantic lead actor and recording artist Allan Jones
(who had a hit with "The Donkey Serenade") and actress Irene Hervey. He began studying the vocal arts in high school, and after graduation joined his father's successful act on the nightclub circuit. Jack
left less than a year later, determined to make it on his own, and began playing small clubs around the country.
Several years after forging his independence, Jack Jones
was spotted in San Francisco and signed to Kapp Records in 1961. Though he was called into the army soon after, he managed to record the single "Lollipops and Roses," a moderate 1962 hit which earned him a Grammy for Best Performance by a Male Singer. Jones
earned several other awards during the mid-'60s, including another Grammy for his best-known hit, the Burt Bacharach
chestnut "Wives and Lovers." Though he only recorded one more single that performed as well, 1965's "The Race Is On," Jones
became a successful LP seller, touring artist (especially in Great Britain), and occasional television performer. He moved to RCA Records in 1967, and began to add to his repertoire rock songs such as "Light My Fire" and "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today." Jack Jones
also mounted a successful act in Las Vegas during the 1980s and '90s.