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Jerry Byrd

Famed guitarist Jerry Byrd was born on March 9, 1920 in Lima, OH. As a child, he developed a passion for Hawaiian music, although he made his first inroads into performing by playing country on an area radio station between 1935 and 1937. After a stint on Cincinnati's WLW, he joined the Renfro Valley Barn Dance in 1941; a year later, he jumped to WJR in Detroit, and remained there until he signed on with Ernie Lee's Pleasant Valley Boys in 1944.

Byrd remained with Lee until 1946, when he formed his own group, the Jay-Bird Trio. Two years later, he joined Red Foley's band and became a session staple at King Records. Also in 1948, Byrd cut his first singles, "Mountain Mambo" and, under the name Jerry Robin, "Sun Shadows." Later in the year, he issued his first 78, "Steelin' the Blues." While at King, Byrd also recorded a handful of Hawaiian songs, and as the years wore on, the music became his primary focus.

Still, Byrd remained an active figure on the country landscape; in 1950 he became a regular on Foley's NBC television program, and from 1954 to 1956 he was featured on the Nashville-based series Home Folks. An eight-year stint on the program Country Junction followed, and in 1964 he became a member of Bobby Lord's TV band. In 1968, Byrd left country for good, moving to Hawaii to focus exclusively on the state's native music. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Track List: The Master Of Touch And Tone

1. Anytime, Any Day

2. Carefree

3. Moana Chimes

4. Chickadee

5. Nighttime

6. Maui Waltz

7. Forever And Ever

8. Black And White Rag

9. Ho'i Mai (Come To Me)

10. Jerry's Tune

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Track List: By Request

1. Blue Mist

2. Invitation To Love / South Sea Moon

3. I Fall To Pieces

4. Shadow Waltz

5. Sophisticated Lady

6. It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You

7. Ame No Bojyo

8. Stardust

9. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight

10. Night Of Tropic Love / Hula Lady / Maile Swing

11. Mauna Kea

12. Sweet Lei Mokihana

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The late great Jerry Byrd was a friend of mine for over 20 years and I do miss him, his music, and his humor.
I onced asked him if he read music or played by ear as some of the older folks of country payed by ear. His response was not enough to hurt my playing :-). Great guy!
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Where could someone obtain Jerry
Byrds music instructions . am interested in steel lessons
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tully.jf
This is Stardust not Sophisticate d Lady.
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mellow
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I agree with c.gonterman! I had the privelege seeing and meeting him in person circa 1949.
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The best Steel guitar player in the world in my opinion.

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