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ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME FEATURE ARTICLE:
Jerry Naylor's Great New Rockabilly CD Project
1956, Jerry's promo photo used for bookings, radio shows and night club in the San Angelo, Texas area.
Jerry Naylor, a native of Texas, is a forty-five year veteran of the
Jerry began his successful career as a singer with his own
country/Rockabilly group in 1954
at age 15. In 1956, Jerry became a member of the San Angelo, Texas based
rock group, The
Cavaliers, who are remembered for their 1964 national number one hit
recording, "Last Kiss."
Jerry was born on a small farm in the rural community of Chalk
Mountain, Erath County,
Texas on March 6, 1939. Jerry married Pamela Robinson in 1966, and they
have three grown
children, Geoff Naylor, Greg Naylor and Dr. Kelli Naylor Dobrzynski.
Jerry Naylor also began a duel career in broadcasting in 1954, working as a
teenage radio disc
jockey on the popular San Angelo, Texas KPEP country music radio station.
KPEP was co-owned
by Joe Treadway and Dave Stone who also owned the now legendary KDAV radio
station in Lubbock,
Texas, which is featured in the worldwide British hit stage production on
the life and times of
Buddy Holly and the Crickets, "Buddy." The KPEP and KDAV radio station
promoted major country music concerts in San Angelo and Lubbock featuring
the top stars of country
music from the Grand Ole Opry and the Louisiana Hayride, such as Johnny
Horton, Sonny James,
Hank Snow, Hank Thompson, Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, Billy Walker, George
Jones, Johnny Cash,
Bill Monroe, Kitty Wells, Elvis Presley, Bob Luman, Gene Vincent, Roy
Orbison, among many others.
Jerry Naylor, as a young singer managed by Joe Treadway, performed on each
of these shows.
Buddy Holly and his "country muisic blue-grass group" performed on KDAV
Radio and on some of
these shows at this time in Lubbock. Little could anyone have imagined, in
these early years,
that Jerry Naylor could become the lead singer of the Crickets after the
tragic 1959 death of
1958 LOUISIANA HAYRIDE TOUR
A Jerry Naylor Personal Photograph
Left to right, Standing -
Joe Treadway (co-owner with Dave Stone of KPEP radio station in San Angelo and KDAV radio station in
Lubbock); Stu Cornell (at the time, manager of Johnny Cash); Johnny Horton and Marshall Grant
(bass player for Johnny Cash).
Left to right, standing -
Tilman Franks (bass player and manager for Johnny Horton), Tommy Tomlinson (guitar player for
Johnny Horton); unknown female; Gordon Terry "The Mule"; Jerry Naylor; unknown female;
Bob Luman; Luther Perkins (guitar player for Johnny Cash).
1961 Jerry's Recording Session at United Studio, Hollywood, Calif. for Skyla Records.
"Stop Your Cryin" b/w "You're Thirteen" (written by Johnny Burnette).
Jerry joined the drummer and co-founder of the Crickets, Jerry Allison,
lead guitarist, Sonny
Curtis, and pianist, Glen D. Hardin, to re-form the Crickets in the fall of
1960. Jerry was
the lead singer of the Crickets on most of the Liberty/EMI Records
recordings and Crickets'
concert dates until he left the group for a solo career in 1965. The
Crickets, with Jerry Naylor
as lead singer, had several hit records in Great Britain, including Carol
"Please Don't Ever Change," the Sonny Curtis written, "My Little Girl,"
plus, "Teardrops Fall
Like Rain," "Don't Try to Change Me," and "La Bamba," among others. They
also had a top five
hit album with pop singer, Bobby Vee, entitled "Bobby Vee Meets The
Crickets" in 1962. This
legendary album is still in release around the world, on CDs, through
EMI/Liberty Records. The
Crickets are credited with influencing the careers of many of the legendary
British rock acts,
including Elton John and the Beatles. The Beatles publicly state that they
themselves after the Crickets because of their admiration for the group.
Since 1991, EMI Liberty
Records Inc. and the EMI Records Group, Ltd. have released or licensed to
third party labels
for release, more than twelve CD's on the "Liberty Years" masters on which
Jerry Naylor was
the lead singer. Jerry also wrote or co-wrote some of the early EMI/Liberty
for the Crickets such as "thoughtless," (written by Jerry Naylor and Mike
Curb) and "Break It
Easy" (written by Jerry Naylor). Jerry and the Crickets appeared with the
Beach Boys and
Leslie Gore in the 1964 Paramount Pictures beach movie classic, "Girls on
the Beach," and the
Crickets, with Jerry naylor as lead singer, were featured singing their
hits, "My Little Girl"
and "Teardrops Fall Like Rain," in the 1962 Columbia Pictures British
classic rock music movie,
"Just For Fun."
1961 - 1965 THE CRICKETS. Photo taken in 1962. Left to right:
Sonny Curtis (guitar/vocals) standing,
Jerry Allison (drums) sitting, Jerry Naylor (lead vocals),
Glen D. Hardin (Femder Rhodes piano, keyboard bass).
In 1965 the Crickets broke up and Jerry signed a multiple-performance
contract with the popular
ABC-Television network music variety show, "Shindig." Also in 1965, Jerry
a record production contract with newcomer/record producer, Mike Curb. This
close friendship and
[professional association would last for sixteen-years as Jerry continued
as a single performer recording
for numerous major record labels through Mike Curb Productions. Jerry had
his first solo pop
hit, "But For Love" (#5 Billboard Easy Listening Chart) for CBS/Sony
Records in 1970. This
recording garnered Jerry four Grammy nominations and Cashbox Magazine
acclaimed Jerry Naylor
as one of the "Top Forty Male Vocalists of 1970." Jerry moved to country
music in the early
1970's and his Nashville recordings produced a string of eight nationally
including his 1974 signature hit, "Is This All There Is To a Honky Tonk."
During this time,
Jerry's records were released through Mike Curb Productions on MGM/Polygram
Brothers/Curb Records and Motown/Melodyland Records.
Jerry Naylor also continued his television broadcast career as the host of
the Desilu Productions/Show Biz,
Inc. nationally syndicated music variety show, "Music City, USA," in 1967.
Jerry made many guest
appearances on the top-rated national television variety shows throughout
the United States,
England, Canada and Europe from 1965 to 1982.
1967. Jerry hosts with the Jordanaires, "Music City USA," 1-hour weekly variety TV show shot at
WSM, Nashville. Nationally syndicated: Desilu Prouctions & Show-Biz, Inc.
From 1965 to 1982, Jerry and his band toured 250 to 300 dates per year
performing concerts and
playing major night clubs and casinos throughout the United States, Canada,
and Asia. Jerry Naylor and his group, with the direction of Jim Halsey and
the Jim Halsey Agency,
helped to debut country music as a headline act in the major hotel/casinos
of Las Vegas,
Reno, and Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where he co-starred with some of the top
stars of country music
from 1970 to 1982. Jerry headlined in the main show-rooms of the Landmark,
Golden Nugget and Showboat hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, and at the
Harrah's, Mapes, Holiday,
and Sahara hotels and casinos in Reno and Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Jerry Naylor also wrote, co-wrote, produced and performed many songs for
motion picture sound
tracks from 1965 to 1982. Jerry sang the title song, "Vangie's Theme," for
the award winning Rod
Taylor, Jane Russell 1970 suspense movie, "Darker Than Amber," and the main
theme, "Helga," for
the European art-film classic, "Michael and Helga," among others. He also
performed on camera
and as the singer/soloist on many national radio and television commercials
for such corporate
clients as Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Wrigley's Chewing Gum,
Frito-Lay, Safeway Stores,
Avis Rental, Honda Motors, World Football League, Thrifty Drug Stores,
1971, Jarry and James Burton at a recording session, MGM Records, Los Angeles, Calif for
Mike Curb Productions. Mike Curb and Harley Hatcher were the producers.
Jerry Naylor continued his duel careers of broadcasting and
singing/performing. In 1960 and
1962, Jerry worked for the top rock stations, KRLA and KDAY, in Los Angeles
and from 1972 to
1983, Jerry was one of the top radio personalities with the number one
country music radio station
in America, KLAC Radio, Metromedia Broadcasting, Inc., in Los Angeles.
Jerry also hosted the
weekly award winning, three-hour, nationally and internationally syndicated
country music radio show,
Continental Country from 1974 to 1976. This show was named the "Number One
Syndicated Radio Show" by Billboard Magazine, the Country Muisc
Association, and the Academy
of Country Music for each year it was produced, and it was aired in more
than 150 markets in
the United States and around the world on the American Forces Radio and
In 1976, Jerry Naylor founded a public relations company and film and video
One of his first clients was the former governor of California, Governor
Ronald Reagan. Jerry
and his company created and produced documentaries, commercials, and
eventually created and
developed feature motion pictures for Home Box Office and several other
major film companies.
Jerry Naylor, through his company, also became a member of the senior staff
of the Reagan for
President Campaign in 1980. President Ronald Reagan appointed Jerry Naylor
to two three-year
terms as a Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Employment
directly with the White House Office of the President and the Secretary of
In 1986, Jerry Naylor merged his company with Newslink Satellite Broadcast
Company, Inc. in Washington DC, and Jerry became Co-Chairman/CEO of the
Max Hugel, the former founder/CEO of the major multi-national corporation,
Through Newslink, Jerry Naylor and Max Hugel purchased all of the satellite
up-link and video
production facilities in Washington, DC and within two years 51% of the new
company was sold
to the Washington Timers News Group/Atlantic Video. During this period,
Jerry Naylor and Max
Hugel also founded a film production company, International Syndication's,
Inc., which created,
funded and developed several major documentaries hosted by national
columnist, Jack Anderson,
for PBS and the BBC and major motion pictures for Home Box Office and other
Jerry Naylor, as a television documentary film producer has garnered
awards for documentaries which he produced for PBS, BBC and for commercial
and non-broadcast (corporate). The Jerry Naylor Company/North Media Group -
company - was instrumental in creating the concept and producing the first
"Video News Releases"
in America, in cooperation with Newslink Satellite Broadcast Communications
This medium for delivery of privately financed news/public relations
stories has become a standard
for all news programming throughout the nation today on both network news
and local news television
1976, Loretta Lynn and Jerry Naylor co-hosting the "Academy of Country Music"
awards show at the Hollywood Paladium, Hollywood, Calif.
From 1986 to 1987, Jerry was the on-camera announcer/co-host with Pat Boone
on Pat's daily
one-hour television talk show, "Pat Boone, USA," for the Christian
Broadcast Cable Network.
The Jerry Naylor Company is currently in development and/or pre-production
on several broadcast
television network and cable television network movie and documentary
productions based on original
non-fiction books on which The Naylor Company has purchased the exclusive
creative rights. Currently,
Jerry is also completing the development of a two-hour television
"Tribute to My Friends; The Legends of Rockabilly." This is
a special tribute
to the pioneers of rockabilly music with whom Naylor began his professional
in 1954. In conjunction with the television documentary, over the past
six-months, Jerry has
recorded a twenty-three track CD featuring original compositions and unique
replications of the music
which formed the foundation of Rockabilly. This new CD production features
naylor singing many
of the classic 1950's songs made famous by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Carl
Perkins, Johnny Cash,
Johnny Horton, Charlie Rich, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly/Crickets, Muddy
Waters, Bob Luman, and
Ernest Tubb. The CD includes a never-before-recorded original rockabilly
song, co-written by
Jerry Naylor and Rick Miller specifically for this project. Legendary radio
and television personality
and Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame Honoree, Red Robinson, is working with Naylor
and his associates on the
Rockabilly anthology television documentary production.
Jerry Naylor is also collaborating with Peter Palliser, a well-known author
and screenplay writer
in London, England, to write a non-fiction book based on the life and
experiences of Jerry's
multifaceted life and careers in entertainment, politics, international
government relations, and
business, with the working title, "God, Rock'n'Roll, Politics...and
Jerry has recently written or co-written over twenty contemporary Christian
songs which he
is preparing to record for international CD release.
Jerry Naylor is a member of the Academy of Country Music, The Country Music
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Jerry is listed in, or
has creative works
in, The Country Music Hall of Fame ("The Legend of Johnny Brown Country
Opera" album on which
Jerry Naylor sings the lead role of Johnny Brown). The Who's Who of Country
Music, The Who's
Who of Rock and Roll, The Encyclopedia of Country Music, The Encyclopedia
of Rock and Roll and his
creative works are registered in the United States Library of Congress. He
is a member of the
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Zeta Phi Chapter. Jerry Naylor is also one of the
founders, and a
member of the Board of Directors, of The West Texas Music Hall of
1984, Palomino Club, North Hollywood, Calif. Jerry Lee Lewis and Jerry Naylor
In 1991, Jerry Naylor was inducted into the Marquis' Who's Who in the West,
in 1993 he was
honored in the Marquis' Who's Who in Finance and Industry for his
contributions to international
business consultation, and in 1994, Jerry was inducted into the Marquis'
Who's Who in
Entertainment and Marquis' Who's Who in America.
In 2000 Jerry was inducted into the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
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