Marlene VerPlanck

Marlene VerPlanck

Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 14 Jan 2018 (aged 84)
Clifton, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 186700464 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Jazz Vocalist. Born Marlene Paula Pampinella, to parents who operated an Italian restaurant. She was initially interested in pursuing a career in Journalism however, she gravitated to singing and took lessons before hitting the nightclub circuit at the age of nineteen. She caught the attention of Charlie Spivak who hired her as a vocalist for his band and following this experience, she moved on to Tex Beneke's ensemble, and later Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. During this period, she married trombonist Billy VerPlanck. In 1955, she achieved success with her first solo album "I Think of You with Every Breath I Take". The record featured such jazz greats as Herbie Mann, Joe Wilder, Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall and Kenny Clarke. She followed this with "This Happy Feeling" (1969), which was a collaboration with her husband. She would go on to record more than a dozen albums over the next five decades, as well as perform internationally. In 1980, she served as a backup vocalist on Frank Sinatra's "Trilogy" album. In addition to albums, she recorded for TV commercials including Campbell Soup's "M'm, M'm Good" slogan.

Bio by: C.S.

Family Members



In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees



How famous was Marlene VerPlanck?

Current rating:

40 votes

to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 17 Jan 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial 186700464
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Marlene VerPlanck (11 Nov 1933–14 Jan 2018), Find a Grave Memorial no. 186700464, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .