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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Jaye P. Morgan


You're My Thrill

Jaye P. Morgan
With Hugo Winterhalter's Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1155

From the back cover: Jaye P. Morgan was born in a log cabin in Mancos, Colorado, a small town near Denver. When she was three, the family moved to Tujunga, a suburb of Los Angeles. Here she faced her first audience nineteen years ago, as a singer with the Morgan family – a variety troupe consisting of Jaye, her father, mother, sister and five brothers.

During the next ten years Jaye P. (then first-named Mary) toured the country as a member of the family act, receiving her schooling, meanwhile, from a private tutor.

When she was thirteen her father died, and the act broke up.

She then returned to California and entered high school. It was here, in her junior year, that she acquired the nickname "Jaye P." – a result of her role as class treasurer. In her junior and senior years she began to sing professionally again, appearing on radio and stage.

The turning point in her career came at eighteen, when she answered an audition call for a singer with the Frank DeVol orchestra. The auditions took place before a "live" audience at the Palladium in Hollywood. Audience reaction clinched the job for Jaye P. and she sang for DeVol for three years.

Her next move was to New York to audition for the Robert Q. Lewis Show. She walked off with a contract in competition with hundreds of young singers.

Also in her line of triumphs are her successful club appearances in the top clubs in the country, as well as regular TV appearances.

She has one of the most unusual voices in show business. It's sort of husky and low, yet she has the knack of belting home a song. "Belting" a song is an old habit with Jaye P. When she was five years old she had to stand back and sing "off mike" because the control needles got out of hands if she sang head on.

From Billboard - February 11, 1956: Miss Morgan, who has had a successful year on singles, does a dozen standards here, showcased by the instrumentation of Hugo Winterhalter's ork. Winterhalter's work is outstanding – lush, plush and tasteful – and his arrangements set off Miss Morgan as advantageously as possible. Selections include "You're Driving Me Crazy," "It All Depends On You," Pagan Love Song." "Can't We Be Friends?"

You're Driving Me Crazy
Let There Be Love
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
Will You Still Be Mine?
It All Depends On You
You're My Thrill
Pagan Love Song
Till We Meet Again
You Turned The Tables On Me
I Fall In Love With You Every Day
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
Can't We Be Friends

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