Jenkins, Gordon (I) Biography

biography of Jenkins, Gordon (I)

12 May 1910, Webster Groves, Missouri, USA
1 May 1984, Malibu, California, USA (Lou Gehrig's disease)
Prolific composer ("Manhattan Tower"), songwriter ("Goodbye"), conductor, arranger and author, educated in public schools and then a banjoist in orchestras and on radio in St. Louis, Missouri, then came to Hollywood in 1938 as music director for NBC and composer of scores for films, radio, and night club revues. He conducted and arranged the Broadway musical "The Show Is On", and composed the Broadway stage score for "Along Fifth Avenue". Joining ASCAP in 1935, his other popular-song compositions include "Blue Prelude", "You Have Taken My Heart", "When a Woman Loves a Man", "P.S. I Love You", "Blue Evening", "Ev'ry Time", "Maybe She'll Remember", "Saddest Man in Town", "San Fernando Valley", "When You Climb Those Golden Stairs", "Homesick, That's All", "Goin' Back to Brooklyn", "Married I Can Always Get", "Daylight Savings Blues", "The Man Who Loves Manhattan", "Once to Every Heart", "How Old Am I?", and "This Is All I Ask".

-   'Loulie Jean Norman' (qv) (? - 1 May 1984) (his death)

-   'Nancy Harkey' (11 November 1931 - 1946) (divorced); 3 children

-   A popular arranger for such stalwarts as 'Judy Garland' (qv), 'Louis Armstrong (I)' (qv) and 'Nat 'King' Cole', his wife, singer 'Loulie Jean Norman' (qv) was the soaring soprano on the "Star Trek" theme song. They collaborated on numerous albums, including a song sung by 'Frank Sinatra' (qv) entitled "The Future Song Without Words" written by Jenkins and featuring Loulie's voice.

-   Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 424-426. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

-   Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1982.

-   He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6626 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

-   Works: "Manhattan Tower"; "The Letter".

-   (1949) Theatre: "Along Fifth Avenue" Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, opened January 13, 1949. Music primarily by 'Gordon Jenkins (I)' (qv), lyrics by 'Tom Adair (I)' (qv), book by 'Charles Sherman (I)' (qv) and 'Nat Hiken' (qv).

-   (1952) Theatre: "California" American Lyric Theatre, Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, opened July 15, 1952. Music by 'Gordon Jenkins (I)' (qv), lyrics by 'Tom Adair (I)' (qv).

-   (1951) Theatre: "Heaven Come Wednesday" Keene Summer Theatre, Keene, New Hampshire, opened August 27, 1951. Music by 'Gordon Jenkins (I)' (qv), lyrics by 'Tom Adair (I)' (qv), book by 'Reginald Lawrence (II)' (qv).

-   Peg (1983). A Musical Autobiography. Book by 'Peggy Lee (I)' (qv). New lyrics by Peggy Lee. New music by Paul Horner. Musical Director: 'Larry Fallon' (qv). Vocal arrangements by 'Ray Charles (I)' (qv). Music orchestrated by Artie Butler, 'Larry Fallon' (qv) [final Broadway credit], 'Dominic Frontiere' (qv), Bill Holman, 'Gordon Jenkins (I)' (qv), 'Philip J. Lang' (qv), 'Johnny Mandel' (qv), Billy May, Leon Pendarvis, Don Sebesky, Larry Wilcox and 'Torrie Zito' (qv). Featuring "Fever" by Johnny Davenport and Eddie Cooley. Featuring "Goody, Goody" by 'Johnny Mercer' (qv) and 'Matty Malneck' (qv). Featuring "Why Don't You Do Right?" by Joe McCoy. Featuring "I Don't Know Enough About You" and "It's A Good Day" by Dave Barbour. Featuring "Stay Away From Louisville Lou" by 'Jack Yellen' (qv) and 'Milton Ager' (qv). Featuring "Lover" by 'Richard Rodgers (I)' (qv) and 'Lorenz Hart' (qv). Featuring "Big Spender" by 'Dorothy Fields' (qv) and 'Cy Coleman' (qv). Featuring "Is That All There Is?" by 'Jerry Leiber' (qv) and 'Mike Stoller' (qv). Scenic Design by Tom H. John. Costume Design by Florence Klotz. Lighting Design by Thomas Skelton. Sound Design by Jan Nebozenko. Sound Consultant: 'Phil Ramone' (qv). Directed by 'Robert Drivas' (qv). Lunt-Fontanne Theatre: 14 Dec 1983- 17 Dec 1983 (5 performances + 13 previews that began on 1 Dec 1983). Cast: Peggy Lee (as "Peggy Lee") [Broadway debut], Mary Sue Berry (as "Soprano I/Back-up Singer"), Steve Clayton (as "Tenor/Back-up Singer"), 'Doris Eugenio' (qv) (as "Soprano II/Back-up Singer"), 'Rose Marie Jun' (qv) (as "Alto/Back-up Singer"), Brian Quinn (as "Tenor/Back-up Singer"), David Vogel (as "Baritone/Back-up Singer"). Swings: D. Michael Heath, Ellen McLain. Produced by Zev Bufman, Marge Cowan, Irv Cowan and Georgia Frontiere.

-   Jenkins, Bruce. _Goodbye: In Search of Gordon Jenkins._ Berkeley: Frog Limited, 2005. ISBN 1-58394-126-6

-   "Mojo" (UK), April 2001, Iss. 89, pg. 36, "'Time Machine: April, 1964' - Jenkins' Tower power"

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