Art Jarrett

Born

  • July 20, 1907
  • Brooklyn, NY

Died

  • July 23, 1987
  • Los Angeles, CA

Marriages / Children

Theme Song

  • Everything's Been Done Before

Art Jarrett

Bandleader and vocalist Art Jarrett was the son of actor-turned-writer Arthur L. Jarrett. A high tenor, the younger Jarrett appeared with several orchestras in the late 1920s and early 1930s, including Earl Burtnett, Red Nichols, Jimmie Noone, and Frankie Trumbauer. Aside from singing, Jarrett also played guitar, banjo and trombone. In the early 1930s he settled in with the Ted Weems Orchestra, where he remained until 1936 when he left to form his own band.

During the 1930s Jarrett was married to Olympic gold medal swimmer Eleanor Holm, who also sang in his orchestra. Holm left Jarrett in 1938 and married producer Billy Rose. She was replaced in the band by Doris Singleton, who is best remembered today from her appearances on I Love Lucy as the recurring character Carolyn Appleby.

Jarrett appeared in several films during the 1930s, including several B Westerns. His band never achieved a high level of popularity, and he disbanded it in 1940 to take over leadership of the Hal Kemp Orchestra after Kemp's tragic death. The attempt to keep the Kemp band going fizzled, however, and the group broke up after only a few months.

Jarrett continued to lead orchestras throughout the 1940s. In 1950 he appeared on the Rhythm Rodeo television program. He later worked as a disc jockey and then a salesman. Art Jarrett died from pneumonia in 1987.