Jimmy Bryant (singer)

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For the guitarist, see Jimmy Bryant.

Jimmy Bryant (born James Howard Bryant, June 2, 1929[1]) is a singer, arranger and composer. He is most well known for providing the singing voice of Tony (played onscreen by Richard Beymer) in the 1961 film musical West Side Story.[1][2] While he received no screen credit, he states that Beymer was "a nice guy, and every time he did an interview he would mention my name."[2] He also sang for James Fox in the 1967 film musical Thoroughly Modern Millie,[1][2] and sang in "The Telephone Hour" number in Bye Bye Birdie.[1] He also sang in the group that performed the theme song of the TV series Batman.[2]

Bryant was born in Birmingham, Alabama[1] and grew up in Tarrant, Alabama. He attended Birmingham Southern College and the Birmingham Conservatory of Music before receiving a Scholarship in Composition at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He then moved to New York in 1953 where he worked as a background singer.[2] He later moved to Los Angeles and played bass[2] in the house band at Puccini's, a Beverly Hills restaurant owned by Frank Sinatra.[2]

His work as an orchestrator includes the movies Not with My Wife, You Don't!, Penelope and the TV series Lost in Space.[2] He also composed music heard at Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.[2]

Bryant also scored the music for numerous radio and television commercials for clients such as Lone Star beer, Tecate, Chrysler Imports, and Toyota Motor Cars.

He was a friend of Jimmy Bryant, the famous guitar player, with whom he is often confused.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Jimmy Bryant at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Jimmy Bryant". Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-04-11.  Citing Carlton, Bob (2002-07-12). "State native was 'ghost singer' in 'West Side Story'". Birmingham News.