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Jack Pleis

Jack K. Pleis (May 11, 1917 – December 5, 1990) was an American jazz pianist, arranger, conductor, composer and producer. He recorded on London and Decca Records in the 1950s, and Columbia Records in the 1960s. During the course of his career, Pleis worked with many artists, including Louis Armstrong, Harry Belafonte, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Benny Goodman, Earl Grant, Brenda Lee, and Joe Williams. Between 1950 and 1976, over 150 songs were arranged by Pleis. His surname is pronounced "Pleece" (to rhyme with "fleece").

Birth and Death Data: Born May 11th, 1917 (Philadelphia), Died December 5th, 1990 (Palm Springs)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1961

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, piano, arranger, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 433 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-040497 10-in. 10/11/1939 To you sweetheart, aloha Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Frank Parrish Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-040498 10-in. 10/11/1939 Honestly Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-040499 10-in. 10/11/1939 All in favor say "aye" Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-040691 10-in. 8/29/1939 Stop kicking my heart around Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-040692 10-in. 8/29/1939 The monkeys have no tails in Pago Pago Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-040693 10-in. 8/29/1939 Honest John Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-040694 10-in. 8/29/1939 Good morning Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-040950 10-in. 10/11/1939 Little Red Riding Hood Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-040951 10-in. 10/11/1939 Dancing with a broken heart Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-040952 10-in. 10/11/1939 Sweet little you Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044308 10-in. 12/4/1939 Ho! Punchinello Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044309 10-in. 12/4/1939 At the Balalaika Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044310 10-in. 12/4/1939 Princess Poo-poo-ly has plenty of pa-fa-ya (And she loves to give it away) Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044311 10-in. 12/4/1939 The debutante waltz Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044312 10-in. 12/4/1939 Yodelin' jive Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-044313 10-in. 12/4/1939 That naughty waltz Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-046042 10-in. 12/28/1939 I'm falling in love with someone Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-046043 10-in. 12/28/1939 Princess Poo-Poo-Ly has plenty of pa-pa-ya (And she loves to give it away) Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-046044 10-in. 12/28/1939 Love song of Renaldo The Ambassadors ; Californians ; Irving Kahal ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-046045 10-in. 12/28/1939 Roses of Picardy Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-061261 10-in. 5/26/1941 In the hall of the mountain king Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band arranger  
Victor PBS-061263 10-in. 5/26/1941 La cinquantaine Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band arranger  
Victor PBS-061264 10-in. 5/26/1941 Topper Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-064017 10-in. 4/3/1941 Manhattan sunrise Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-064018 10-in. 4/3/1941 Horizon Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 1-25 of 433 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pleis, Jack," accessed November 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106364.

Pleis, Jack. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106364.

"Pleis, Jack." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106364

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