Jess Conrad

Jess Conrad OBE (born Gerald Arthur James, 24 February 1936, Brixton, London) is an actor and singer from England. Having started his career as a repertory actor and film extra, Jess Conrad was cast in a television play "Bye, Bye Barney" as a pop singer. He was noticed by Jack Good, who included him in his TV series 'Oh, Boy', and then was signed to Decca Records and had a number of hits, including "Cherry Pie", "This Pullover", "Mystery Girl" and "Pretty Jenny"; also recording for Columbia, Pye President and EMI record labels. Between the late 1950s and mid-1960s Conrad appeared in a number of cult films, namely Serious Charge (uncredited), The Boys, Rag Doll, (filmed in 1960, and released in 1961); Kill 1 and Konga. During the 1970s he spent some time in the stage shows Godspell and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and also featured in a cameo role in the Sex Pistols film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle.


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