Jack Baker:

The Louisiana Lark

(From the 1942 "Breakfast Club Family Album")

Tenor Jack Baker

Ernest Mahlon Jones was born in Shreveport, :a., June 29, 1908. The family lived about ten miles out of town, and when, at the age of eight, Jack still couldn't swim to school, they moved to Golden, Okla., where the Lark learned to chew gum, wear shoes, and finally earned a bachelor of music degree at Henderson State College, Arkansas.

Baker really isn't as fat as most people believe, except in sections. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall, dark complexion, black hair, brown eyes (especially the left one), and after seeing him for the first time most women say "Ain't he cute."

He has a fine sense of humor, a wonderful disposition, and is the only tenor in existence who smokes cigars, chews hum and sings early in the morning---simultaneously.

Before he have himself up and became a confessed tenor in Memphis, later Detroit, and finally Chicago, he was fired from the following jobs: Cotton picker, preacher, paper boy, saw-mill hand, truck driver, construction worker, pipe-line worker, teacher, dry goods salesman, U.S. gov't clerk, baseball player, basketball coach, cowpuncher, Fuller Brush man.

Wears a size 8 shoe, likes loud ties (which he can't tie), eats only one meal a day (but WHAT a meal), has a size 38 waist, a size 32 chest, long eyelashes and his own teeth, which are nearly paid for.

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