Jerry Wallace Biography

15 December 1928, Guildford, Missouri, USA, d. 5 May 2008, Victorville, California, USA. A pop/country singer and guitarist who made his initial recordings for Allied in 1951, but achieved his first chart success when his 1958 Challenge recording of ‘How The Time Flies’ reached number 11 in the US pop charts. After further pop successes, including ‘Primose Lane’, ‘In The Misty Moonlight’, and his recording of film star Audie Murphy’s song ‘Shutters And Boards’, he first appeared in the country charts with his 1965 Mercury Records recording of ‘Life’s Gone And Slipped Away’. Between then and 1979, he went on to register 32 more country hits, including a number 1 in 1972 with ‘If You Leave Me Tonight I’ll Cry’ (also a minor pop hit) and a number 2 with ‘Do You Know What It’s Like To Be Lonesome’. His later recordings were on many different labels including Liberty Records, Decca Records, and MGM Records, and his last chart entry was ‘If I Could Set My Love To Music’ on the Door Knob label in 1980. A talented actor and narrator, Wallace performed voice-overs for commercials and appeared in many top television plays and shows such as Night Gallery and Hec Ramsey. He died of congestive heart failure in May 2008.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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