Art Jarrett

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Art Jarrett
Jarrett c. 1932
Jarrett c. 1932
Background information
Birth nameArthur L. Jarrett Jr.
Born(1907-07-20)July 20, 1907
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedJuly 23, 1987(1987-07-23) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, actor, and bandleader
Art Jarrett in Popular Melodies (1933)

Arthur L. Jarrett Jr. (July 20, 1907 – July 23, 1987) born to stage actor and playwright Arthur L. Jarrett Sr. (1884–1960). Art Jr. was an American singer, actor, and bandleader in the 1930s and 1940s.

Early career


Near the end of the 1920s into the 1930s, Jarrett was a member of the dance orchestras of Earl Burtnett, Ted Weems, Jimmie Noone, and Red Nichols, playing banjo, guitar, and trombone as well as singing.[1] He recorded for Victor and Brunswick. He also recorded a handful of vocals for Isham Jones in 1931. His high tenor voice made him popular in feature films and shorts. He had a record year in 1933, introducing such songs as "Everything I Have is Yours" from Dancing Lady, "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?" from Sitting Pretty, and "Let's Fall in Love" from the movie of the same name.

Jarrett also performed in vaudeville.[2]



In 1936, he left Ted Weems to lead his own orchestra. In 1941, he took on the leadership of Hal Kemp's orchestra following Kemp's death in an auto accident. He also appeared in the B western Trigger Pals and on Broadway in Three After Three. In 1932,

Later career


In the 1950s, Jarrett was a regular on a television musical show called Rhythm Rodeo, which aired on the DuMont Television Network. Eventually, he became a disc jockey and a salesman.

Personal life and death


Jarrett was reportedly engaged to actress Gilda Gray but the marriage never took place. From 1933 to 1938, he was married to actress and swimmer Eleanor Holm. He died July 23, 1987, in Los Angeles, California, just three days after his 80th birthday.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1933 Ace of Aces 2nd Lt. James 'Jenny' Lind
1933 Sitting Pretty Singer Uncredited
1933 Dancing Lady Himself
1933 Let's Fall in Love Composer
1934 This Side of Heaven Fraternity Member at Piano Uncredited
1934 Riptide Percy
1934 Hollywood Party Singer of 'Feelin' High' Uncredited
1934 The Gay Divorcee Vocalist Uncredited
1934 The Gay Bride Singer in Show Uncredited
1938 My Lucky Star Bill
1939 Trigger Pals Lucky Morgan


  1. ^ a b "Solid!-Art Jarrett". Parabrisias. Archived from the original on December 20, 2009. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  2. ^ "Popular Singer At State Theater Today". Hartford Courant. Connecticut, Hartford. February 9, 1938. p. 12. Retrieved March 27, 2020 – via