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Jess Conrad

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Jess Conrad (born Gerald James, 24 February 1936, Brixton, London) is an actor and singer from England. He was popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s with a number of hits to his credit, “Cherry Pie”, “This Pullover”, “Mystery Girl” and “Pretty Jenny”.He has recorded for Decca,Columbia,Pye,President and EMI record labels. Since then his live performances have continued to be popular, with an ovation in 2005 at the London Palladium when sharing a bill with Eden Kane,John Leyton, Marty Wilde and others.

During the late 1950s and in to the mid 1960s Conrad appeared in a number of cult films, namely Serious Charge (uncredited), The Boys, Rag Doll, Kill 1 and Konga. He also featured in a cameo role in the Sex Pistols film The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle. Odeon recently re-issued one of his 70’s films on to DVD “Cool It Carol”. He also starred in the 90’s film “The Punk And The Princess” directed by sixties pop star Mike Sarne and most recently in Mike Moran’s “Telstar-The Movie” playing the part of pop svengali Larry Parnes.
Jess is one of few fifties and sixties ‘icons’ still working today,he continues to record and in more recent times his original Decca recordings were re-issued on a compilation disc by UK label Vocalion Records,the CD “Jess For You” named after his original 1961 Decca album has become a cult classic lounge album. His recordings of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs for the compilations “Andrew Lloyd Webber Songbook” and “Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection” both became top Gold and Platinum sellers.

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