Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Jaye P. Morgan’s clever ad-libs were always well suited for television game shows including, You Don’t Say, Match Game ‘73, Rhyme and Reason, and Break the Bank. A brand new phenomenon known as The Gong Show premiered on NBC in 1976 and opened up a whole new fan base for Jaye P. Morgan as she quickly became the favorite female celebrity panelist. Her provocative remarks and fun-loving manner seemed to be perfectly in tune with the outrageous nature of the show. Morgan was a regular on the daytime version as well as the Friday night version of the now cult classic show. Jaye P. Morgan also appeared on many other Chuck Barris produced programs including The Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show in 1978 and The $1.98 Beauty Show hosted by Rip Taylor.
The seasoned pro Ms. Jaye P. Morgan
Highlighting her musical career is her self-titled 1976 album, Jaye P. Morgan produced by
David Foster. The album now available on CD, features an all-star line-up of musicians including David Foster, Jay Graydon, Bill Champlin, Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason, Ray Parker, Jr., and the late drummer Jeff Porcaro. Titles include “Keepin’ it to Myself,” “Here is Where Your Love Belongs,” “Can’t Hide Love,” and “You’re All I Need to Get By” (a duet with Donny Gerrard).
During her post Gong Show days, Morgan returned to live performances focusing on her new club act and the theatrical stage. She starred in the 1981-1982 national tour of Sugar Babies and starred in the role of Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas from Atlantic City with
co-star George Maharis and for Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Morgan has also starred in productions of Nunsense, Miss Margarida’s Way, and The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.
Her film credits include The All-American Boy with Jon Voight, Loose Shoes, The Gong Show Movie, Night Patrol, and the 2002 Miramax release of Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, directed by George Clooney.
Her latest CD release is Jaye P. Morgan Lately! a prized combination of her diverse musical talents featuring the seldom heard Stevie Wonder ballad and title track, “Lately,” "Be Gentle Tonight,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Song On The Sand” (from La Cage Aux Folles), and “That Old Feeling.”
~ Mike Donaldson