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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 126-150 of 465 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 84856 7/11/1953 Ebenezer Scrooge Teresa Brewer leader  
Decca 84857 7/11/1953 I just can't wait till Christmas Teresa Brewer leader  
Decca 84879 7/16/1953 Sittin' in the sun Louis Armstrong arranger, leader  
Decca 84880 7/16/1953 Dummy song Louis Armstrong arranger, leader  
Decca 85168 9/3/1953 The 18th variation (Theme from Story of Three Loves) Jack Pleis' Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 85169 9/3/1953 Mr. Peepers Jack Pleis' Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 85170 9/3/1953 Pagan in Paris Jack Pleis' Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 85171 9/3/1953 Frenchman in St. Louis Jack Pleis' Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 85229 9/24/1953 The gang that sang Heart of my heart Don Cornell ; Alan Dale ; Johnny Desmond leader  
Decca 85230 9/24/1953 I think I'll fall in love today Don Cornell ; Alan Dale ; Johnny Desmond leader  
Decca 85374 10/13/1953 So long Four Aces leader  
Decca 85375 10/14/1953 The gang that sang Heart of my heart Four Aces leader  
Decca 85376 10/14/1953 The cuckoo bird in the pickle tree Four Aces leader  
Decca 85377 10/13/1953 You'll always be the one Four Aces leader  
Decca 85378 10/14/1953 Stranger in paradise Four Aces leader  
Decca 85379 10/14/1953 Amor Four Aces leader  
Decca 85625 12/30/1953 Take everything but you Kitty Kallen leader  
Decca 85626 12/30/1953 Little things mean a lot Kitty Kallen leader  
Decca 85627 12/30/1953 I don't think you love me anymore Kitty Kallen leader  
Decca 85628 12/30/1953 In the chapel in the moonlight Kitty Kallen leader  
Decca 86165 4/12/1954 Three coins in the fountain Four Aces leader  
Decca 86166 4/12/1954 It shall come to pass Four Aces leader  
Decca 86167 4/12/1954 Wedding bells Four Aces leader  
Decca 86294 5/13/1954 Ah ri rung Jack Pleis' Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 86295 5/13/1954 Rosanna Jack Pleis' Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 126-150 of 465 records)

Citation

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

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