Jaye P. Morgan
|Jaye P. Morgan|
Morgan in 1968
|Born||Mary Margaret Morgan
December 3, 1931
Mancos, Colorado, U.S.
Morgan was born in Mancos in Montezuma County in far southwestern Colorado. Her family moved to California by the time she was in high school. Morgan had six siblings; five brothers and one sister. In the late 1940s, at Verdugo Hills High School in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, she served as class treasurer (and got the nickname "Jaye P." after the banker J. Pierpont Morgan) and sang at school assemblies, accompanied by her brother on guitar.
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, 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". In 1954, she married Michael Baiano. She joined MGM Records in 1959 after spending the previous six years with RCA Victor.
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.
In 1956, she had her own The Jaye P. Morgan Show 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.
1960s and 1970s
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 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.
In 1973, Morgan played herself in the episode "The Songwriter" of the sitcom, The Odd Couple. She appeared as Magda Valentine in the film The All-American Boy, and continued to play small roles in films such as Loose Shoes (1980), Night Patrol (1984) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
Game show panelist
From 1976 to 1978, Morgan was a regular panelist on the popular game/variety show The Gong Show. She also appeared on 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.
|1953||"Just a Gigolo"||22|
|"Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries"||26||45|
|1954||"That's All I Want from You"||3||6|
|1955||"Danger! Heartbreak Ahead"||12||14|
|"Chee Chee-oo Chee"(with Perry Como)||12||17|
|"Two Lost Souls"(with Perry Como)||18||26|
|"The Longest Walk"||6||12|
|"If You Don't Want My Love"||12||33|
|"Pepper Hot Baby"||14||19|
|"Not One Goodbye"||48|
|"My Bewildered Heart"||47|
|1956||"Get Up! Get Up!"||83|
|"Lost In the Shuffle"||69|
|"Play For Keeps"||79|
|"Just Love Me"||97|
|"Mutual Admiration Society"(with Eddy Arnold)||47||24|
|1959||"Are You Lonesome Tonight"||65||67|
|"(It Took) One Kiss"||70|
|"That Funny Feeling"||112|
|1960||"I Walk the Line"||66||55|
|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||108|
|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|
|1995||Jaye P. Morgan & Kaye Ballard – Long Time Friends||AVL95320|
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