Jack Wilson

Singer

Singer Jack Wilson died of pneumonia March 2 in Kingston, N.Y. He was 91.

Born in Mansfield, Ohio, he studied voice at Oberlin College and Western Reserve University before moving to New York. In 1939, he made his Broadway debut as a quartet singer in the short-lived Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein musical “Very Warm for May” and joined the Fred Waring Glee Club shortly thereafter.

During WWII, he sang nightly shows for the sailors at the Brooklyn Naval Yard and also did a weekly radio show, singing and encouraging others to enlist. Later, he sang with the Whittemore & Lowe Piano Duo.

After the war, he returned to the Fred Waring Glee Club and formed the Carolers, the group that would dominate his career. Originally a quintet, the musical trio toured the U.S. and Canada for many years and performed twice at the White House during the Eisenhower administration. Wilson also was selected by Waring to sing at the Hollywood Bowl, alongside Gordon McCrae and Jane Powell.

He is survived by a sister, a brother and a niece.

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