Bio: Chuck Kelly was born in Dallas, Texas, raised in Anadarko, Oklahoma, traveled some, and moved to California where he became involved in several areas of the entertainment and writing professions. As a performer, Chuck played trombone with Glenn Miller (under direction of Ray McKinley), Dizzy Gillespie, and various jazz groups. He quit playing to become a group singer and sang with the Jones Boys (2 years), the Modernaires (5 years), and other vocal groups. After Chuck left the Modernaires he became a studio singer where he did many recordings, television shows, and motion picture sound tracks. Chuck was on the Red Skelton Show for 5 years, Danny Kaye Show 2 years; and did several TV specials that included Don Knotts, Jim Nabors, Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Danny Thomas, Ronald Reagan, etc. He also sang on commercials for Wesson Oil, Shell, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Mattel Toys, etc. The motion picture voice tracks Chuck sang on include Sweet Charity, Hello Dolly, The Great Race, Peter Gunn, The Plainsman, Darling Lilly, Star, etc. Chuck?s singing career was in a period that was very special for group singers. They got to do it all. They sang TV and movie themes; were used as backup for other performers; backup for dancers to lip-sync their voices; and were used on camera as extras where they were transformed into every conceivable character and occupation known to man.
Chuck had always wanted to write and after 18 years of performing he became a writer. He wrote articles that appeared in the National Enquirer, International Musician, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian Institute, Playboy, Ebony, Eros, and Society of Singers Newsletter, etc. Chuck?s writing credits include over 500 published articles. He has interviewed several personalities, including Tex Beneke, Tony Bennett, the late Sherri Lewis, the late Henry Mancini, Peter Marshall, Tony Marshall, Tony Martin, Johnny Mathis, Jaye P. Morgan, Kay Starr, the late Joe Williams, etc.
Chuck was technical writer for, "The Alchemy of Intelligence," published by Metamorphous Press; technical editor for "Pharmacology, Biology, and Clinical Applications of Androgens," for Harbor-UCLA Medical Research Center, published by Wiley-Liss, and has worked as a technical writer and editor for several aerospace corporations including Hughes Aircraft Company, Northrop Corporation, Boeing, etc. He wrote the novelization from the screenplay ?Supercock? about cock fighting in the Philippines that starred Nancy Kwan. Chuck has had two screenplays optioned.
His education includes a Master's Degree in Communication and Organizational Theory from Sierra University. Chuck is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Memberships and honors include ASCAP, AFTRA, SAG, and Society of Singers Board of Directors, 1986-93. Chuck is listed in ?Who?s Who in Entertainment,? ?Who?s Who in America,? and ?Who?s Who in the World.?
Chuck lives in Long Beach, California where he works as a writer and hypnotherapist. He is working on several projects that include a novel, screenplay, nonfiction book, and a children?s/young adult book series called ?Legend of Otherland.?
Chuck?s email address is email@example.com