"A subsidiary of Golden Ring" - another surprise to me. Thanks, info has been added to my write-up about Golden Ring on my blog. Your blog is always a treasure chest!
A bit about Jerry Byers written by either his niece or nephew"Gerald (Jerry) Lee Byers was born November 10, 1933 in Bussey, Marion County, Iowa. He was an extremely talented piano player, composer & singer and a very loving Husband and Father who tragically passed away from cancer in December of 1963 before he could make it big, and he most definitely would have. He was married to one of the most beautiful and kind women you will ever meet, her name is Betty and she is still living in Ottumwa, Iowa. Jerry Byers had several 45rpm records here are the ones I know of first hand. One was on the "GOLDEN WING" Label: side one, "Red White and Blue" side two, "Bonnie By The Sea" - Another two were on the "Rosie Records" Label: first one being, side one, "Perdido" side two, "Corina, Corina" and the second was, side one, "Loves Been Good to Me" and side two, "Face In The Crowd". He also had a record on "Cardinal" Label, Side one, "Sweet Jenny Lee" and side two, "The Byers Stomp".
Thanks Bruce. Where did you find that description?Good job.
I Googled it and I think it came up on "about.com"
Thank you for the music. I have a foggy recollection of my dad visiting Jerry Byers on his deathbed; my mom still has a photo. I was only 3, but I remember playing the 45s of "Face in the Crowd" and "Three Cheers..." and "Bonnie by the Sea" as a youngster. My father, Charles Montgomery, owned the Silver Saddle saloon in Des Moines back in the 1950s and I believe he was instrumental in helping put Jerry on the map. In any event I was a huge admirer of Jerry Byers when I was a kid, though my only link was that snapshot of my dad with Jerry in the final days. I still regard him as something of a would-be legend cut down way too young. --Rick Montgomery, Kansas City.
Jerry is buried on the west side of Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa, IA
Hello, My name is Jeri. I'm the Niece that wrote the information that Bruce submitted, Oct. 31, 2011, 10:06 PM. Jerry Byers is/was my Mother's Brother, (my Uncle). I was born approximately a year after his death, so my Mother named me after him. My 6 siblings & I grew up listening to his music all the time. I love listening to them even now, I will never get tired of hearing his awesome voice or his spectacular piano playing. Thank you so much for creating this blog and for keeping his memory & his beautiful music alive.
You are very welcome Jeri. Thanks for visiting and writing. So few people leave comments.
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