|Birth name||Jerry Paul Keller|
June 20, 1937 |
Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Traditional popular music
Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Keller moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was aged six, 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.
Keller's biggest self-penned hit was 1958's "Here Comes Summer." In 1959 it climbed to #14 in the Billboard Hot 100. The record reached number one in the UK the same year, 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.
He also wrote the English lyrics of "A Man and a Woman", from "Un homme et une femme" by Francis Lai and Pierre Barouh. "A Man and a Woman" was recorded by such artists as Matt Monro, Ella Fitzgerald, Engelbert Humperdinck, Johnny Mathis and José Feliciano. In addition he co-penned "Almost There", a successful single for Andy Williams, plus "How Does It Go?" recorded in 1965 by Ricky Nelson, and "Turn-Down Day," a hit for The Cyrkle in 1966.
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 appeared in the Joe Brooks films You Light Up My Life (1977) in a cameo role as an orchestra music director, and If Ever I See You Again (1978) in a larger role as the main character's business partner.
- List of 1950s one-hit wonders in the United States
- One-hit wonders in the United Kingdom
- List of number-one singles from the 1950s (UK)
- UK No.1 Hits of 1959
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 115. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- Jerry Keller at AllMusic. Retrieved May 2009.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 298. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Oldies.com - accessed May 2009
- History of "Un homme et une femme"/"A Man and a Woman" at Second Hand Songs, retrieved August 28, 2012