Lemmon’s singing voice was first heard on two film soundtracks in 1955, Three for the Show with Betty Grable and My Sister Eileen. He also performed songs in the 1956 film You Can’t Run Away from It with Stubby Kayeand June Allyson. His first solo album, A Twist of Lemmon, was released in 1958 on Epic Records. While filming Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe in 1959, Lemmon released a second album, Some Like It Hot. Both featured Lemmon’s singing and piano solos.
The two Epic albums were later released as A Twist of Lemmon/Some Like It Hot, a single CD on Collector’s Choice Music, in 2001. Two singles, “Daphne”/”Sleepy Lagoon” (released in 1959) and “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”/”I Cover the Waterfront” (released in 1960) did not appear on either album. Epic released a third single in 1960, Lemmon’s piano solo of the theme to the film The Apartment, backed with his own composition “Lemmon Blues”. In 1963, Lemmon released a third album, this time on Capitol Records, entitled Jack Lemmon Plays Piano Selections from Irma La Douce.
- A Twist of Lemmon – 1958
- Some Like It Hot – 1959
- Piano Selections from Irma La Douce – 1963
- Piano and Vocals – 1990
- Peter and the wolf – 1991
- Songs and music from “Some Like It Hot” – 2001