Before Bobby hired him to sing Conjunction Junction I had only known Jack as a great west coast jazz trumpeter. I'd heard him playing with Stan Kenton's band and Shelly Manne and other small groups. And I knew he'd worked with singers of the importance of Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme,Tony Bennett, Lena Horne and Peggy Lee.
I had forgotten that Jack used to stand up and sing and tell jokes when he was featured in the band on the Merv Griffen show. I didn't even remember what he sounded like. But I do now! Thanks to Conjunction Junction and I'm Just a Bill! Jack's voice is recognized as much for being "the sound" of Schoolhouse Rock as Bobby's is.
One of the biggest compliments I've ever gotten is when Jack was asked during an interview which of the Schoolhouse Rock songs was the most fun to sing and he answered, "Energy." I guess I don't have to tell you who wrote that one.
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