Jane Morgan is a traditional pop vocalist who rose to prominence in the ’50s and ’60s.
She was born Florence Currier in Newton, Mass., to musician parents who operated a family music school in town. As a young girl she was taught to sing, dance, act and play the piano and violin. By the time she was 13 she was singing as a lyric soprano.
Morgan was accepted into the Juilliard School in New York City where she studied opera by day and performed in nightclubs and at parties at night to fund her education. Before getting her big break in the United States, she became a sensation in Paris after accompanying French bandleader/gypsy violinist Bernard Hilda.
In the late ’50s she returned to New York City, where she got gigs singing in Lou Walters’ (father of Barbara Walters) Latin Quarter. She began recording with Kapp Records and released a number of hit albums and singles including “If Only I Could Live My Life Again,” “With Open Arms,” “Romantica,” “Two Different Worlds” and “The Day the Rains Came,” which hit No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1959. Soon thereafter, she met producer Jerry Weintraub and married him in 1965. Both were featured in the 2011 HBO documentary about Weintraub’s life, “His Way.”
Also an accomplished star on stage, Morgan starred in the musicals “Mame,” “Can-Can” and “The King & I.” Morgan is also famous for having performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show” more than 50 times. Still married to Weintraub, she lives in Malibu, Palm Springs and Kennebunkport, Maine.