b. April 17, 1952 in Los Angeles
d. December 29, 1996
In 1977, along with Ray Parker Jr., he was a founding member of the group Raydio, singing vocals on their early hit, "Jack and Jill". He then left to pursue a solo career, releasing three solo albums and achieving moderate success with minor hits such as "Overnight Sensation", "Perfect Fit" and "Turn It Out".
In 1983 Knight teamed with Ollie Brown to form Ollie & Jerry. Together, they provided the title track to the soundtrack to the movie Breakin', which reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. They also recorded the title track for "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo," which got up to #45 on the R&B charts.
Although his solo career faded, Knight continued to write and produce for acts such as the The Whispers, Patrice Rushen, DeBarge, Howard Hewett and legendary UK singer Elkie Brooks.