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 226-250 of 465 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||100438||8/10/1956||The nightingale song||Jack Pleis, his Chorus and his Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||100439||8/10/1956||Giant||Jack Pleis, his Chorus and his Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||100834||10/25/1956||Ah ah ah ah (The song that haunts my heart)||Kitty Kallen||leader|
|Decca||100835||10/25/1956||Star bright||Kitty Kallen||leader|
|Decca||100836||10/25/1956||Saturday blues||Kitty Kallen||leader|
|Decca||100837||10/25/1956||But beautiful||Kitty Kallen||leader|
|Decca||101345||1/14/1957||Sweetheart of Sigma Chi||Wingy Manone and his Band||arranger|
|Decca||101346||1/14/1957||Trumpet on the wing||Wingy Manone and his Band||arranger|
|Decca||101347||1/14/1957||Baby, change your mind||Wingy Manone and his Band||arranger|
|Decca||101348||1/14/1957||Two beat special||Wingy Manone and his Band||arranger|
|Decca||101349||1/14/1957||Burlecue||Wingy Manone and his Band||arranger|
|Decca||101350||1/14/1957||Biloxi||Wingy Manone and his Band||arranger|
|Decca||101363||1/14/1957||Party doll||Wingy Manone and his Band||arranger|
|Decca||101647||2/14/1957||Miss you||Four Aces||leader|
|Decca||101648||2/14/1957||Peg o' my heart||Four Aces||leader|
|Decca||101649||2/15/1957||Somebody else is taking my place||Four Aces||leader|
|Decca||101650||2/15/1957||Day by day||Four Aces||leader|
|Decca||101674||2/15/1957||Have you ever been lonely?||Four Aces||leader|
|Decca||101675||2/15/1957||There I've said it again||Four Aces||leader|
|Decca||101784||2/28/1957||Girl of my dreams||Four Aces||leader|
|Decca||101785||2/28/1957||Lonely wine||Four Aces||leader|
|Decca||101786||2/28/1957||My reverie||Four Aces||leader|
|Decca||101831||3/1/1957||Don't worry 'bout me||Four Aces||leader|
|Decca||102132||4/1/1957||(But as they say) It's life||Jack Pleis' Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pleis, Jack," accessed December 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106364.
Pleis, Jack. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106364.
"Pleis, Jack." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 December 2021.
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