Jaye P. Morgan

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Jaye P. Morgan
Jaye P. Morgan
Morgan in 1968.
Born Mary Margaret Morgan[1]
(1931-12-03) December 3, 1931 (age 82)
Mancos, Colorado, USA[1]
Occupation Singer
Actress

Mary Margaret Morgan[1] (born December 3, 1931), known professionally as Jaye P. Morgan, is a retired popular music American singer, actress and game show panelist.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Morgan was born in Mancos[1][2] in Montezuma County in far southwestern Colorado, but her family moved to California by the time she was in high school. Morgan had six siblings; five brothers and one sister.[1] In the late 1940s, at Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga in Los Angeles, she served as class treasurer (and got the nickname "Jaye P." after the banker J. Pierpont Morgan)[1] and sang at school assemblies, accompanied by her brother on guitar.

1950s[edit]

Morgan was not the only vocalist in her family. Three of her brothers were also singers. From top-Dick, Duke and Charlie with Jaye P. for a 1959 appearance on The Jimmy Dean Show.

In 1950, a year after her graduation from high school, Morgan made a recording of "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" issued by Derby Records, which made it to the Top 10 in the U.S. Billboard record chart . Soon after, she received an RCA Victor recording contract,[3] and she had five hits in one year, including "That's All I Want from You,"[4] her biggest hit, which reached #3 on the chart. Other notable hits included "The Longest Walk"[4] and "Pepper Hot Baby". In 1954, she married Michael Baiano. She joined MGM Records in 1959 after spending the previous six years with RCA Victor.[1]

From 1954 to 1955, Morgan was a vocalist on the ABC television series 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.[5]

In 1956, she had her own The Jaye P. Morgan Show[6] 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,[1] 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.

1960s and 1970s[edit]

In 1961, Morgan was cast as Sally Dwight in the episode "Money and the Minister" of the CBS anthology series, General Electric Theater, hosted by Ronald W. Reagan. In 1962, she played Patty Maxwell in "Patti's Tune" of the CBS military sitcom/drama Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper. That same year, she was cast as Kitty Flanders in "That's Showbiz" on NBC's The Joey Bishop Show. In 1964, Morgan was cast as Ruth Evans in the episode "Sunday Father" of the NBC medical drama, The Eleventh Hour.

She spent considerable time in the 1960s making nightclub appearances. In 1966, she guest starred on CBS's My Three Sons as fading singer Claudia Farrell in the episode entitled "A Falling Star".

In 1973, Morgan played herself in the episode "The Songwriter" of the sitcom, The Odd Couple.

Morgan guest starred on The Muppet Show (episode 2.18)[7] in which she and Dr. Teeth sang "That Old Black Magic."

Game show panelist[edit]

In the 1970s, Morgan was a panelist on the game/variety shows The Gong Show[8][9] 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, and with her former Gong partner Jamie Farr on Hollywood Squares Game Show Week II in 2004.

Morgan appeared in the 2002 George Clooney-directed film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, a fictionalized version of the life of Chuck Barris, creator of TV game shows The Gong Show and The Dating Game.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
U.S. U.S.
AC
1953 "Just a Gigolo" 22
"Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" 26
1954 "That's All I Want from You" 3
1955 "Danger! Heartbreak Ahead" 12
"Softly Softly" flip
"Chee Chee-oo Chee"(with Perry Como) 12
"Two Lost Souls"(with Perry Como) 18
"The Longest Walk" 6
"Swanee" flip
"If You Don't Want My Love" 12
"Pepper Hot Baby" 14
"Not One Goodbye" 48
1956 "Get Up! Get Up!" 83
"Sweet Lips" 85
"Lost In the Shuffle" 69
"Play For Keeps" 79
"Johnny Casanova" 81
"Just Love Me" 97
"Mutual Admiration Society"(with Eddy Arnold) 47
1959 "Are You Lonesome Tonight" 65
"Miss You" 78
1960 "I Walk the Line" 66
1962 "A Heartache Named Johnny" 119
1970 "Love of a Gentle Man" 37
"What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" 40
1971 "A Song for You" 105

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label and Number
1953 Jaye P. Morgan and Orchestra (10") Royale 18122
1954 Jaye P. Morgan and Orchestra (10") Royale 18147
1954 Jaye P. Morgan and Orchestra (10") Royale 18162
1955 Jaye P. Morgan sings with Frank DeVol’s Orchestra Allegro Royale 1604
1956 Jaye P. Morgan RCA Victor LPM-1155
1958 Just You, Just Me RCA Victor LPM-1682
1959 Slow & Easy MGM E3774
1960 Up North MGM E383
1960 Down South MGM E3867
1961 That Country Sound MGM E3940
1970 What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life Beverly Hills BHS-24
1976 Jaye P. Morgan Candor C-1001
1983 Lately! Palace PLP-S6540
1995 Jaye P. Morgan & Kaye Ballard – Long Time Friends AVL95320

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Ovington, Reg (August 22, 1954). "TV is Banking on Jaye P. Morgan". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Feather, Leonard (December 20, 1992). "Next Role For Jaye P. Morgan: A Jazz Singer". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Family, Guinan (2009). Lakewood Park. Arcadia Publishing. p. 83. ISBN 0738565784. 
  4. ^ a b Cusack, Bob (2005). Nostalgia Is What It Was. iUniverse. p. 155. ISBN 059536179X. 
  5. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 20. CN 5585. 
  6. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2008). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007. McFarland. ISBN 0786433051. 
  7. ^ Garlen, Jennnifer C.; Graham, Anissa M. (2009). Kermit Culture: Critical Perspectives on Jim Henson's Muppets. McFarland & Company. p. 218. ISBN 078644259X. 
  8. ^ Feather, Leonard (December 12, 1983). "Jaye P. Morgan sings her stuff". Los Angeles Times. 
  9. ^ Eakin, Marah; Teti, John; Adams, Erik (June 16, 2014). "Bonus round stars: 9 celebrities who found their greatest fame on game shows". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 

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