Whatever Happened to Classic Country Star Jerry Wallace?
Do you remember the television series hosted by Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame called Night Gallery? You probably do.
Do you remember an episode of Night Gallery entitled "The Tune In Dan's Cafe"? Probably not.
But it was that episode of that series that help to vault a song called "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry" to the top of the country music chart and into the Top 40 of the pop/rock chart.
The song was by Jerry Wallace.
By 1973 Jerry Wallace was already well known as a rockabilly singer, having released albums on the Challenge Records label (which was founded by the legendary Gene Autry). In fact, "Primrose Lane" was a Top Ten pop hit and sold over a million records.
But it was "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry" that introduced this Guilford, Missouri native to millions of country music fans.
Jerry would eventually have four songs that cracked the country music Top Ten, and in fact would be nominated once for the Male Vocalist Of The Year award by the CMA.
Jerry passed away May 5, 2008 from congestive heart failure at the age of 79.The World War II Navy veteran is buried at Riverside, California.