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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Jerry Wallace born 15 December 1928

Jerry Leon Wallace (December 15, 1928 – May 5, 2008) was an American country and pop singer. Dubbed "Mr. Smooth" for his warm, velvety vocal approach, Jerry Wallace scored a pair of pop smashes during the late '50s before enjoying even greater commercial success as a country singer.

Born in Guilford, MO, on December 15, 1928, Wallace was the son of a grocery store owner. After a brief stay in Arizona he settled in Hollywood, and following a U.S. Navy stint he signed to the Allied label in 1951 to cut a series of little-noticed singles including "Little Miss One," "That's What a Woman Can Do," and "Runnin' After Love."


Upon signing to the Challenger label, Wallace notched a Top 20 pop hit via 1958's "How the Time Flies," followed a year later by the million-selling "Primrose Lane." However, his pop career quickly stalled, and for a time he focused on his acting career, appearing in two 1964 features, Flipper's New Adventure and Goodbye Charlie. That same year Wallace scored minor hits with "Shutters and Boards" and "In the Misty Moonlight," singles that heralded the beginning of his shift to the country market. A move to Mercury Records accelerated the transformation, although follow-ups like "Life's Gone and Slipped Away" and "Sweet Child of Sunshine" earned scant attention from Nashville radio.

With his Nat King Cole-inspired croon, Wallace was nevertheless a natural fit with the dominant country-pop ethos, and upon signing to Decca in 1970 he scored a Top 30 country hit with "After You" -- 1972's crossover smash "To Get to You" earned a Single of the Year nomination from the Country Music Association, and with "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry" (prominently featured in an episode of the Rod Serling television series Night Gallery) he topped the country charts.

Wallace also reached number two with "Do You Know What It's Like to Be Lonesome," and subsequent hits like "Don't Give Up on Me," "My Wife's House," "I Wonder Whose Baby (You Are Now)," and "Comin' Home to You" kept him at the forefront of country radio playlists during the mid-'70s.

Protracted litigation against his management derailed his commercial momentum, however, and he began hopscotching from label to label (including Liberty and Decca Records) in a failed attempt to jump-start his career.  

The 1980 single "If I Could Set My Love to Music" proved his final chart entry, after which he effectively retired from show business. Jerry stopped recording and also performing too, with the exception of some low-key concerts for Victorville veterans that he performed only occasionally. He died of congestive heart failure in Victorville, CA, on May 5, 2008. (Info mainly AllMusic)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For a massive collection of Jerry's recordings go here:

For Golden Classics – Jerry Wallace
Go here:
A big thankyou to Jukebox City blog for the link.

01 Primrose Lane
02 Diamond Ring
03 Shutters And Boards
04 Fools Hall Of Fame
05 In The Misty Moonlight
06 If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry
07 How The Time Flies
08 Little Coco Palm
09 Empty Arms Again
10 Swingin' Down The Lane
11 The Bottle The Glass And Me
12 There She Goes
13 Life's A Holiday
14 To Get To You
15 Little Miss Tease
16 With This Ring
17 Mission Bell Blues
18 Touch Of Pink