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Behind-the-Scenes Story of Jack Jones’ Vocal Muscle in ‘American Hustle’

jack jonesWith David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” getting a significant share of attention this awards season, moviegoers are getting a kick out of spotting swingin’ years pop music icon Jack Jones performing “I’ve Got Your Number” in in the film.  Jones tells us he’s been stunned by the recognition coming his way for his quick, unidentified appearance, particularly critics who’ve cited it as a favorite movie moment.

“I never expected that,” admits the Grammy-winning vocalist.  “It’s about the beginning of [the characters’] life together, which is very meaningful, so I’m lucky in that respect.  I told David O. Russell, ‘I’m glad you didn’t show me any more than you did because then it would have become a Doris Day movie.'”

Jones’ esteem for Russell goes beyond the movie set.  “I think he’s one of the most emotionally sensitive directors in the business,” he says.  “He has an autistic son, and I don’t want to speak out of school, but one of the nights between when I prercorded the song and when we shot the scene, he asked me to come to dinner with him.  There’s a school up there in Boston for autistic children, and he invited some of the kids that were available and the parents to dinner, and he invited me in on that.”

Adds the singer, “I was so impressed by his diligence and his connection and his priorities.  When he was working so hard, he was also taking care of those people.  I think that is one of the reasons he is such a good director.  He’s got what we used to call ‘sympatico.’  He just gets it.”

Jones flew to Boston for the shoot.  The city’s Copley Plaza Hotel substituted for New York’s Plaza Hotel in the sequence.  “It was two weeks before the [Boston Marathon] bombing, and we used one of the ballroom areas to shoot the scene and then of course we know what happened,” he says.  “The thing that curdles your blood a little is that the room we were in was actually used as a triage area two weeks later — because right outside is where it happened.  I wasn’t going to talk about it until now.  The movie’s out,” adds Jones.

Not surprisingly, he finds the film, in which Christian Bale and Amy Adams play two 1970s era con artists forced by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to set up an elaborate sting operation, “a great movie.  Christian Bale is flabbergasting, with the extent to which he went with that role.  I was enthralled by the performances.  They’re outstanding actors,” he says of the cast that also includes Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner.

As for himself, Jones has been busy bopping between performing engagements, celebrating his daughter’s graduation from Boise State, and attending the current Palm Springs International Film Festival.  “I go every year,” says Jones, a desert resident and Palm Springs Walk of Stars honoree.  This year, he has “American Hustle” adding a fresh bit of luster to his filmic resume.

Robert Davi Takes His Sinatra Record Project All The Way

Robert Davi wowed ’em at the Feast of San Gennaro Prima Notte bash in Hollywood last week — previewing the smooth and swingin’ sound of his singing on “Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance,” his Oct. 24 release Fontana/Universal Music album.  It’s an unexpected pleasure.

The performer best-known for his acting work in such movies as “Die Hard” and “The Goonies” started off as a singer, a trained opera singer, in fact.  He’s also a long-time Sinatra devotee who has a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of the late performer’s musical training and technique.  His 12-track recording includes such songs as “Witchcraft,” “In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning” and “Nice ‘n Easy.”  He declares, “This music is from the golden age of American music.  Sinatra was its greatest interpreter, the greatest entertainer of all time.” 

As it happened, Davi got his first movie break in Ol’ Blue Eyes’ “Contract onCherry Street.”

“He was great.  Very encouraging.  He took me under wing,” he recalls.  In fact, according to Davi, when the late film producer Cubby Broccoli was looking for a villain for his 1989 “License to Kill” James Bond flick, Sinatra told him to get Davi — and he did.  He never told Sinatra he could sing.

For the past two and a half years, “Davi Sings Sinatra” has been the performer’s labor of love.  He worked with such blue ribbon talent as producer Phil Ramone and musical director/arranger Randy Waldman on the album, and even went back into training to ensure his vocal fitness.  The official record launch event takes place Oct. 19 atL.A.’s The Grove.  Promises Davi, “We’ll have a great band, a hot, cooking band.”

Jack Jones

LET’S MAKE A MEMORY:  Speaking of singing, Jack Jones found out that Monty Hall wanted more than anything to have him sing a song at his 90th birthday party at the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles this week – and subsequently drove all the way in from his Palm Springs home to do the honors.  Afterwards, Jack asked the Winnipeg-born former “Let’s Make a Deal” host what he wanted most for his birthday.  Still fast on his feet, Monty answered, “I want to celebrate my 91st.”   Ba-dum-bum!