Jess Rand
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December 25, 1925 - September 12, 2014 Jess Rand, born in the Bronx, NY. Graduate of Dewitt Clinton High School. Studied journalism at Columbia University. At age 16, began his musical career with Irving Berlin in NY. His career was put on hold to enlist in the US Navy/1943-1946 where he served in the Pacific (Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Philippines Liberation). Served on USS Franklin CV-13. Honorably discharged as Signalman, PO 2nd class. After the War, he became close confidant and press agent for Sammy Davis Jr and personal manager to Sam Cooke. Rand represented great stars including Lee Marvin, Mel Torme, Glen Campbell, Judy Collins, Bobbie Gentry, The Lettermen, Mort Sahl and Dick Gautier. In 1961, produced The Plunderers with Jeff Chandler. He created a 90-minute episode of "Sam Cooke Phenomenon"/debut show for the Westinghouse Broadcasting TV Network. Continued working as Personal Manager until 1991/co-founder and served as President of Conference of Personal Managers West until he moved to Montecito, CA in 1986 with wife Bonnie Rand. Next to his family, Rand's greatest love was music. Rand is survived by Bonnie Rand, loving wife of 60 yrs, son, Jonathan, daughter, Amy, 4 grandchildren and great grand-child.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Sep. 17 to Sep. 21, 2014.
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February 25, 2021
I know it's nearly 6 years later, but today I was looking through old boxes I'd packed away and found some of my old letters from Jess. He'd passed on some really great stories, advice, and mentoring that I won't forget. Jess was my Grandparents' generation, and though I'm a Gen X'er, I have a bit of an "old soul" and I believe he rather enjoyed passing along his wisdom to someone so much younger than he, who really appreciated it. It was a great loss when he passed away, but like so many who knew him, I am forever thankful for the memories.
Jess Clackum
October 1, 2014
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. No words can describe how we feel. We will miss your smile and your captivating stories of your life. I was proud to be your brother-in-law. Thank you for being my mentor.
John & Toni Byrnes
September 28, 2014
For many years Jess was my vocal group The Lettermen's personal manager and a good friend. He did his job extremely well and was responsible for many good breaks that our group enjoyed from 1962 to the mid 1980's. He was a good man. Tony Butala
Tony Butala
September 18, 2014
Produced one of my fav movies. The Plunderers. RIP
richard zimmerman
September 17, 2014
Your son Jonathan and grandson Seth are great men. You did well. All my best to the Rand family during this time.
Ryan Farmer
September 17, 2014
Love to the entire Rand family
Hugs and kisses
Roseanne Romaine
September 17, 2014
What a wonderful life! To the family: Celebrate Jess's life by living a full one too. Sorry for your loss. Glad you have good memories of a wonderful man.
Ray Sullivan
September 17, 2014
My condolences to the family of a gentleman of many talents and a man that recognized great talent.
Sam Cooke fan.
Howard Love
September 17, 2014
Blessing to you and your Family, so sorry for your loss. Jess was a great friend when he managed Sam who was my Brother-in-law.
Phyllis Cook
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