Jerry Keller

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Jerry Keller
Birth nameJerry Paul Keller
Born (1937-06-20) June 20, 1937 (age 83)
Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
GenresEasy listening
Traditional popular music
Years active1956–present
LabelsKapp (U.S.)
London (U.K.)

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


Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas,[3] Keller moved with his family 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." In 1959 it climbed to No. 14 in the Billboard Hot 100. The record reached No.1 in the UK for a week from 9 October 1959,[4][5] but a lack of further chart appearances saw Keller branded as a one-hit wonder in Britain.[5]

Keller also wrote the English lyrics of "A Man and a Woman", from "Un homme et une femme" by Francis Lai and Pierre Barouh.[6] "A Man and a Woman" was recorded by such artists as Matt Monro, Ella Fitzgerald, Engelbert Humperdinck, Johnny Mathis and José Feliciano.[3] 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.[1]

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,[1] and If Ever I See You Again (1978) in a larger role as the main character's business partner.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (2002). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Fifties Music (Third ed.). Virgin Books. p. 229. ISBN 1-85227-937-0.
  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. ^ a b Jerry Keller at AllMusic. Retrieved May 2009.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 298. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ a b c "Jerry Keller Biography". Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  6. ^ History of "Un homme et une femme"/"A Man and a Woman",, retrieved August 28, 2012

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