Jerry Jericho

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In the Houston, TX area honky-tonk scene Jerry Jericho was known as Smilin’ Jerry Jericho. Early in his career, Jericho served as vocalist for Ben Christian’s Texas Cowboys. His career wasn’t big enough to get him listed in The Handbook of Texas Music. However, historian and prolific liner-notes writer Andrew Brown notes in his blog that Jericho was “a star in Texas.” But unlike George Jones, Claude Gray, Sleepy LaBeef, and Moon Mullican, among others, Jericho was never able to make a national breakout in spite of many local/regional recordings and a handful of local hits. As for why, in spite of 20-plus years of regional popularity, Jericho never became a national star like Gray, Jones, or LaBeef, Bush — who drummed in Jericho’s band in the late 1950s — surmises his uncle “didn’t keep up with the times.” “Another factor was he didn’t really want to leave Houston,” adds Bush. “He had a bunch of offers to be part of the Louisiana Hayride, but he didn’t want to do it because they didn’t pay you anything. The people that ran the Hayride thought the exposure you got being on the show and on the weekly radio program was enough compensation because you could then go play shows and advertise yourself that way, just like the Grand Ole Opry worked. That’s how Elvis and Hank and others got jump-started, but Jerry had a nice house here and a family and he just wouldn’t do it for no pay. He had plenty of work.” Jericho passed away in 1993.
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Jerry Jericho Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

1382 Jerry Jericho - I'm Ragged But I'm Right / I'm A Hopeless Heartless Fool album art Jerry Jericho With Ben Christian And His Texas Cowboys Jerry Jericho With Ben Christian And His Texas Cowboys - I'm Ragged But I'm Right / I'm A Hopeless Heartless Fool(Shellac, 10") 4 Star Records 1382 US 1949 Sell This Version
1451 Jerry Jericho - I Loved And Lost / I Sail My Ship Alone album art Jerry Jericho I Loved And Lost / I Sail My Ship Alone(Shellac, 10") 4 Star Records 1451 US 1950 Sell This Version
45-120 Jerry Jericho - Let's Call It Off / Moanin' In The Morning album art "Smilin" Jerry Jericho* Let's Call It Off / Moanin' In The Morning(7", Single) Starday Records 45-120 US 1954 Sell This Version
Jerry Jericho Lonesome Livin'/When I'm Gone (Single) Allstar Records (2) US 1959 Sell This Version
1347 Jerry Jericho - Why Don't You Haul Off  And Love Me / Gambling Polka Dot Blues album art Jerry Jericho, Ben Christian And His Texas Cowboys Jerry Jericho, Ben Christian And His Texas Cowboys - Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me / Gambling Polka Dot Blues(Shellac, 10") 4 Star Records 1347 US Unknown Sell This Version
104 Jerry Jericho Always Lend A Helping Hand / I'm Getting More Than My Share(7") Daffan Records 104 US Unknown Sell This Version
1460 Jerry Jericho Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide / You're A Bad Little Girl(Shellac, 10", Single) 4 Star Records 1460 Unknown Sell This Version
45-C-101 Jerry Jericho - These Hands / Walk My Way album art Jerry Jericho These Hands / Walk My Way(7") Daffan Records 45-C-101 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

CCD 321 Jerry Jericho - Boogie Woogie Dance album art Jerry Jericho Boogie Woogie Dance(CD, Comp, Mono) Cattle Compact CCD 321 Germany 2006 Sell This Version