Jerry Keller

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Jerry Keller
Birth name Jerry Paul Keller
Born (1937-06-20) June 20, 1937 (age 77)
Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Genres Easy listening
Traditional popular music
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1956–present
Labels Kapp (U.S.)
London (UK)

Jerry Keller (born Jerry Paul Keller, June 20, 1937, Fort Smith, Arkansas[1]) is an American pop singer and songwriter. He is best known for his 1959 million selling record, "Here Comes Summer."[2]

Career[edit]

Born in Arkansas, Keller's family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was aged six,[2] and Keller attended Tulsa's Will Rogers High School, graduating in 1955. He was known as a vocal soloist in various school productions, and was often invited to do guest vocals with top bands touring the area. He formed the group and was a member of the Tulsa Boy Singers.[2]

Keller attended the University of Tulsa and moved to New York in 1956. Pat Boone, a friend from church, recommended Marty Mills as Keller's manager.[2]

Keller's biggest self-penned hit was 1959's "Here Comes Summer." It climbed to #14 in the Billboard Hot 100. The record reached number one in the UK the same year,[3] but lack of further chart appearances branded Keller as a one-hit wonder. "Here Comes Summer" reached the number one spot in the UK in 1959.[4]

He also wrote the English lyrics of "A Man and a Woman", from "Un homme et une femme" by Francis Lai and Pierre Barouh.[5] "A Man and a Woman" was recorded by such artists as Matt Monro, Ella Fitzgerald, Engelbert Humperdinck, Johnny Mathis and José Feliciano.[1] In addition he co-penned "Almost There", a successful single for Andy Williams, plus "How Does It Go?" recorded in 1965 by Ricky Nelson.

In the film arena, Keller wrote soundtrack music for I Saw What You Did (1965) and Angel in My Pocket (1969). He also wrote "The Legend of Shenandoah", recited by James Stewart in the 1965 film Shenandoah.

Keller went on to be a number-one-call vocalist for television jingles throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He also had cameo role as the orchestra music director in the 1977 film You Light Up My Life.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jerry Keller at AllMusic. Retrieved May 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 115. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 298. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ a b Oldies.com - accessed May 2009
  5. ^ History of "Un homme et une femme"/"A Man and a Woman" at Second Hand Songs, retrieved August 28, 2012

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