Art Jarrett

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Art Jarrett
Eleanor Holm and Art Jarrett 1936.jpg
Holm and Jarrett in 1936
Background information
Birth nameArthur L. Jarrett Jr.
Born(1907-07-20)July 20, 1907
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedJuly 23, 1987(1987-07-23) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, actor, and bandleader
Art Jarrett in Popular Melodies (1933)

Arthur L. Jarrett Jr. (July 20, 1907 – July 23, 1987) born to stage actor and playwright Arthur L. Jarrett Sr. (1884–1960). Art Jr. was an American singer, actor, and bandleader in the 1930s and 1940s.

Early career[edit]

Near the end of the 1920s into the 1930s, Jarrett was a member of the dance orchestras of Earl Burtnett, Ted Weems, Jimmie Noone, and Red Nichols, playing banjo, guitar, and trombone as well as singing.[1] He recorded for Victor and Brunswick. He also recorded a handful of vocals for Isham Jones in 1931. His high tenor voice made him popular in feature films and shorts. He had a record year in 1933, introducing such songs as "Everything I Have is Yours" from Dancing Lady, "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?" from Sitting Pretty, and "Let's Fall in Love" from the movie of the same name.


In 1936, he left Ted Weems to lead his own orchestra. In 1941, he took on the leadership of Hal Kemp's orchestra following Kemp's death in an auto accident. He also appeared in the B western Trigger Pals and on Broadway in Three After Three. In 1932, Jarrett was reportedly engaged to actress Gilda Gray but the marriage never took place. From 1933 to 1938, he was married to actress and swimmer Eleanor Holm.[1]

Later career[edit]

In the 1950s, Jarret was a regular on a television musical show called Rhythm Rodeo, which aired on the DuMont Television Network. Eventually, he became a disc jockey and a salesman.

He died July 23, 1987 in Los Angeles, California just three days after his 80th birthday.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Solid!-Art Jarrett". Parabrisias. Archived from the original on December 20, 2009. Retrieved May 26, 2010.

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