Hall of Fame to
induct Jack Jones

Oct 5, 2004 1:21 AM

On October 31, two-time Grammy Award winner Jack Jones will be inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame at the Tropicana Resort & Casino.

Joining him will be fellow Las Vegas entertainers Debbie Reynolds, Ben Vereen, Patti Page, Sheena Easton, and Tempest Storm. Clint Holmes will host the event.

Jones was born to the late singer/movie star Allan Jones and actress Irene Hervey. He made his professional debut in Las Vegas at the age of 19, when he took the stage at the Thunderbird Hotel and Casino. Since then Jones has made several appearances in venues along the Las Vegas Strip, including stints at the Aladdin and the Stardust. Most recently Jones has appeared at Michael Gaughan properties The Orleans and the Suncoast.

During the 1980’s and 90’s, Jones was one of the most successful acts in Las Vegas. In 1995 he took on the role as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, which performed at the legendary Desert Inn.

Jones is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He received two Grammy awards, one for "Lollipops and Roses" in 1961 and his second for "Wives and Lovers" in 1963. He was nominated for Best Male Vocal Performance for "Impossible Dream," and his recording of "Wives and Lovers" was nominated for "Record of the Year." Jones was also a recipient of "The Billboard Award of Outstanding Achievement." In addition, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989.

In addition to his successful recording career, Jones’ impressive credits include film and television roles. He played a lounge singer in the comedy "Airplane II: The Sequel" in 1982; "The Comeback" in 1978; and "Juke Box Rhythm" in 1959.

His TV appearances include "Night Court," "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries," "McMillan & Wife," "Police Woman," "Sweepstakes," "The Rat Patrol," and "The Andy Williams Show." He also performed and later recorded popular theme songs for film and TV such as "Love with a Proper Stranger" and "The Love Boat."

When not performing, Jones donates a lot of his spare time to charities. One organization he is very fond of is the Greyhound Pets of America — he has two adopted Greyhounds of his own. He is also a big supporter of the Salvation Army and The Retinitis Pigmentosa Organization.

Because of his contributions to the city of Las Vegas, Jones is being recognized as one of six inductees into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame.

The Casino Legends Hall of Fame is not only a Hall of Fame, but also a museum that houses the largest and most unique collection of Nevada gaming and entertainment memorabilia assembled in one location. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tropicana in Las Vegas.