Published: Apr 19, 2010
Jack Jenkins ’61, better known as one half of the Jack and Sally Jenkins
duo, will receive The University of Tampa’s outstanding music alumnus
award Tuesday, April 27, at a free concert by OPUS, the University’s
musical theatre ensemble.
Jack and his late wife, Sally, met and
married at UT, where they began working the college and Tampa community
circuit, singing music from the ’20s to ’50s.
“Jack and his wife were THE musical couple at UT in the ’50s,” says David Isele, composer-in-residence at UT.
famed Tampa singing duo quickly became known by their many fans as
"Tampa's Singing Sweethearts." They then launched into national and
international celebrity, performing on The Ed Sullivan Show
touring with Guy Lambardo, headlining in Las Vegas, Miami and New York,
and singing with Bob Hope during his USO show. They were announced by
Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes
and appeared in many more concerts
and shows in their nearly four decades on the major concert circuit. The
couple even received the keys to the City of Tampa from two former
mayors, Nick Nuccio and Dick Greco, a fellow UT alumnus.
wife, Sally, was tragically killed in an auto accident in 2006, which
Jack survived. UT held a benefit concert in her memory to help raise
money for a scholarship fund in her name.
The University will
present Jack Jenkins on Tuesday, April 27, with its Music Alumnus of the
Year Award at 7:30 p.m. in the Falk Theatre. OPUS, the premiere musical
theatre ensemble at The University of Tampa, will present OPUS LIVE! at
the same event.
The free program for Opus LIVE! will include a medley from the Broadway hit Rent
as well as other popular Broadway show tunes. Jenkins will sing a duet
with his daughter Letitia, and end the program with OPUS in a rousing
arrangement of “Bye Bye Blues.” In addition to ensemble numbers, the
cast of OPUS will sing solos and duets from popular Broadway musicals.
For more information contact David Isele at (813) 257-3344 or email@example.com