Wednesday, August 10, 2011
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: JAYE P. MORGAN
Born in 1931, Morgan made a recording of "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" which made it to the Top 10 in the U.S. Billboard record chart a few months after graduating high school. Soon after, she received an RCA Victor recording contract, and she had five hits in one year, including "That's All I Want from You," her biggest hit, which reached #3 on the chart. Other notable hits included "The Longest Walk" and "Pepper Hot Baby".
From 1954 to 1955, Morgan was a vocalist on the television show Stop the Music. In November 1955, the British music magazine, NME, reported that Morgan was the top female vocalist in the U.S. Cash Box poll. In 1956, she had her own television program, named for her, and made guest appearances on a number of other variety shows. She was a charter member of the Robert Q. Lewis "gang" on Lewis's weekday program on CBS, and was featured on a special episode of The Jackie Gleason Show in which Lewis's entire company substituted for the vacationing Gleason. In 1958, Morgan appeared on ABC's The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom. On October 6, 1960, she guest starred on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.
In the 1970s, Morgan was a panelist on the game/variety shows The Gong Show and Rhyme and Reason and Match Game and in the 1980 "behind-the-scenes" movie version of The Gong Show. She also appeared on the Playboy Channel game show Everything Goes. She also appeared with her longtime Gong partner Jamie Farr on Hollywood Squares Game Show Week II in 2004.
Her film credits include The All-American Boy with Jon Voight, Loose Shoes, The Gong Show Movie, Night Patrol, and the 2002 Miramax release of Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, directed by George Clooney.
Her latest CD release is Jaye P. Morgan Lately! a prized combination of her diverse musical talents featuring the seldom heard Stevie Wonder ballad and title track, “Lately,” "Be Gentle Tonight,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Song On The Sand” (from La Cage Aux Folles), and “That Old Feeling.” The CD was issued in 2005, and despite still giving interviews Jaye P. Morgan is enjoying retirement with her family...