Jerry Wallace

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Jerry Wallace
Born(1928-12-15)December 15, 1928
OriginGuilford, Missouri
DiedMay 5, 2008(2008-05-05) (aged 79)
GenresCountry
Easy listening
Traditional popular music
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1951–1980
LabelsAllied
Challenge
Mercury
Liberty
Decca
MCA
MGM
BMA
4 Star
Door Knob
 
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Jerry Wallace
Born(1928-12-15)December 15, 1928
OriginGuilford, Missouri
DiedMay 5, 2008(2008-05-05) (aged 79)
GenresCountry
Easy listening
Traditional popular music
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1951–1980
LabelsAllied
Challenge
Mercury
Liberty
Decca
MCA
MGM
BMA
4 Star
Door Knob

Jerry Wallace (December 15, 1928 – May 5, 2008) was an American country and pop singer. Between 1958 and 1964, Wallace charted nine hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including the No. 8 "Primrose Lane." He made his debut on the country music charts in 1965, entering it thirty-five times between then and 1980. In that timespan, Wallace charted within the country Top Ten four times. His only number one song was "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry," a song which gained popularity after it was used in an episode of the 1970s TV series Night Gallery.

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Biography

Wallace was born in Guilford, Missouri.

From June 1957 through June 1958 Hollywood, Calif. based Challenge Records, founded by Gene Autry, issued three discs with songs by Wallace. Half of the songs have been evaluated as being done in a style now known as rockabilly.[1][2]

His better-known songs include "How the Time Flies" (1958), "Primrose Lane" (1959, written by Wayne Shanklin), "Shutters And Boards" (1963, written by American Movie actor Audie Murphy and Canadian song producer Scott Turner), "In The Misty Moonlight" (1964) and "Otoko no Sekai" (男の世界 it. "The World of the Man", English title: "The Lovers of the World"?) (1970, his biggest selling single that was released in Japan only). "Primrose Lane" was his biggest hit, reaching No. 8 pop and No. 12 R&B in the US, selling over one million copies and awarded a gold disc.[3] After his song "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry" was featured in the 1972 Night Gallery episode "The Tune in Dan's Cafe," and the song became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart that August, spending two weeks at the top of the chart, crossing to No. 38 pop.[4] "How The Time Flies" was Wallace's first big hit, reaching No. 11 pop and No. 11 R&B.

In 1972, he gained nomination for the Country Music Association Award as Male Vocalist of the Year, and his song "To Get To You" gained nomination for Single of the Year.

Wallace died on May 5, 2008 in Corona, California, after suffering congestive heart failure.[5]

Discography

Albums

YearAlbumChart PositionsLabel
US CountryUS
1959Just JerryChallenge
1961There She Goes
1962Shutters and Boards
1964In the Misty Moonlight96
1968This One's On the House35Liberty
Another Time, Another World31
Sweet Child of Sunshine35
1972This Is Jerry Wallace7Decca
To Get to You1
1973Do You Know What It's Like to Be Lonesome?6179MCA
Primrose Lane / Don't Give Up On Me1
1974For Wives and Lovers31
I Wonder Whose Baby (You Are Now) /
Make Hay While the Sun Shines
45
1975Greatest Hits39MGM
1976Jerry Wallace41

Singles

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryUS
[6]
US R&BCAN CountryCAN
1958"How the Time Flies"1111Just Jerry
"Diamond Ring"78
1959"A Touch of Pink"92single only
"Primrose Lane"812There She Goes
1960"Little Coco Palm"36single only
"You're Singing Our Love Song to Somebody Else"115There She Goes
"Swingin' Down the Lane"79
1961"There She Goes"26
"Life's a Holiday"91Shutters and Boards
"Lonesome"110single only
1963"Shutters and Boards"24Shutters and Boards
1964"In the Misty Moonlight"A1935In the Misty Moonlight
"Even the Bad Times Are Good"114
"Spanish Guitars"132singles only
"It's a Cotton Candy World"99
1965"Life's Gone and Slipped Away"23
1966"Diamonds and Horseshoes"45
"Wallpaper Roses"43
"Not That I Care"44
1967"This One's On the House"36This One's On the House
1968"Another Time, Another Place, Another World"69Another Time, Another World
"Sweet Child of Sunshine"22Sweet Child of Sunshine
1969"Son"69
"Swiss Cottage Place"71singles only
1970"Even the Bad Times Are Good"74
1971"After You"22This Is Jerry Wallace
"She'll Remember"51
"The Morning After"1939
1972"To Get to You"12488To Get to You
"If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry"138338
"Thanks to You for Lovin' Me"66single only
1973"Do You Know What It's Like to Be Lonesome"24Do You Know What It's Like to Be Lonsome?
"Sound of Goodbye"2116
"The Song Nobody Sings"flip
"Don't Give Up on Me"312Primrose Lane / Don't Give Up On Me
1974"Guess Who"1844For Wives and Lovers
"My Wife's House"93
"I Wonder Whose Baby (You Are Now)"2047I Wonder Whose Baby (You Are Now) /
Make Hay While the Sun Shines
1975"Comin' Home to You"32single only
"Wanted Man"41Jerry Wallace
"Georgia Rain"70
1977"I Miss You Already"26singles only
"I'll Promise You Tomorrow"28
1978"At the End of a Rainbow"24
"My Last Sad Song"64
"I Wanna Go to Heaven"38
1979"Yours Love"67
"You've Still Got Me"68
1980"Cling to Me"56
"If I Could Set My Love to Music"80

References

  1. ^ http://rcs-discography.com/rcs/label.php?key=211 RCS database retrieved 9.2011
  2. ^ http://rcs-discography.com/rcs/artist.php?key=wall3800 RCS database retrieved 9.2011
  3. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 120. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 446. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  5. ^ Singer Jerry Wallace Dies in California, Country Music Television, May 8, 2008.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 951. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 

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