Here’s to Jack Lemmon on what would have been his ninetieth birthday.
A wonderful actor to whom I’ve already dedicated a post noting my favorite performances, The Magic of Lemmon, Jack was also a self-taught, accomplished pianist and a damn good singer. In tribute to one I can honestly say I adore without ever having met him, here’s a twist…of Lemmon – a glimpse into his musical side. I suggest you relax with a glass of wine and enjoy. He was something!
From the album “A Twist of Lemmon”
“Let’s Fall in Love”
and on piano “With All my Love”
Sing along with Jack to “Try a Little Tenderness”
On his second album Jack ‘Sings and plays music from “Some Like it Hot.” Following are two of the tracks, “I Wanna be Loved by You” and “I’m Through with Love”
From The Dinah Shore Show – Jack accompanies Dinah on piano for a couple of tunes you may recognize.
Here’s a clip of Jack playing jazz piano with Bobby Short
I really don’t think one can learn how to do what Jack Lemmon did on-screen – be a regular guy fighting against the odds in such a truthful way that he either makes you cry from laughing or cry from pain. Nor can one learn to be as cool a cat as what you’ve just seen and heard in this post. By all accounts he was a helluva guy and I miss him and his incredible talent. And that’s the way it goes…love-wise.
Jack Lemmon (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001)