Gordon Jenkins (May 12, 1910 – May 1, 1984) was an American composer and arranger who worked primarily with lush and melodic string arrangements.
Jenkins was born in Webster Groves, Missouri and moved to St. Louis, Missouri to begin his early career. Jenkins, approaching his late career, worked under several record labels, working several artists, most famously Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.
In the early 1980s, Jenkins suffered an automobile accident, making him very weary and debilitated. He later died in 1984 of Lou Gehrig's disease.
Works with Nat King Cole Edit
Jenkins worked with Nat King Cole on only a few of his albums. Four of Cole's albums were arranged and conducted by Jenkins: