Jerry Naylor, four months old, Chalk Mountain, Texas
"Naylor on the Rocks"
Jerry Naylor, two years old, Chalk Mountain, Texas, "
Jerry Naylor, 1946
San Angelo, Texas
On March 06, 1939 -- Bob
Wills' Birthday -- Jerry Naylor-Jackson increased the population
of Chalk Mountain, Erath County, Texas to Sixty-Nine! The
name, "Naylor," was bestowed on Jerry by his mother
in honor of the beloved Stephenville, Texas country doctor,
S. D. Naylor, M.D., who brought him into this world in the
small front bedroom makeshift "delivery room"
of their humble farm house just 200 yards down the muddy
lane from the little white Chalk Mountain Baptist Church.
Chalk Mountain, Texas is
located on US Highway 67, 12 miles west of Glen Rose and
just south of Stephenville. This small farming community
was founded in 1876, and by 1939 sported a post office,
cotton gin, schoolhouse, Masonic Lodge, a church and a combination
gas station - grocery store owned by Jerry Naylor's cousin.
Jerry's Mom and Dad, William
Guy and Mary Bernice Jackson, were farmers, born of the
earth. Though the Great Depression was terrifying the greater
United States, the Jackson family managed on what God delivered
from the field and garden for survival.
By the way, Chalk Mountain
was named for the nearby elevation of white rock jutting
up above the Bosque River, on which a four-year old Jerry
Naylor is proudly perched -- along with his dad, sister,
Nell and friend, Kenneth Pardon. One of the rare photos
in which you will ever see Jerry Naylor wearing a hat and
carrying a gun.
1943 Chalk Mountain, Texas
Guy Jackson, Nell, Jerry & friend, Kenneth
1966 Wedding Photograph
Jerry and Pamela Naylor
1961 Photograph of The Crickets
Jerry Naylor & Crickets tour 1963 in Vancouver, BC
Canada; Jerry Naylor & Loren Eckford
Naylor singing with the Legendary
Jordanairs; Music City, USA Television Show, 1968
Jerry Naylor, Host of the Nationally
Syndicated Television show, "Music City, USA",
1968, Desilu Productions, Inc.
Jerry Naylor performing at Long
Beach, California Arena in 1982
Jerry Naylor performing at Long Beach, California Arena
Jerry Naylor with Jimmy Stewart at a Ronald Reagan Victory
Rally and Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Dinner, 1983,
produced by Jerry Naylor.
Jerry Naylor with President Ronald Reagan, Oval Office
Jerry Naylor with President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan,
Jerry Naylor and Pat Boone, 1990
Jerry Naylor & Brenda Lee, "Sweet Nothin's",
2001 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
In 1966, Jerry married Pamela
Robinson, and they have three grown children, Geoff Naylor,
Greg Naylor and Dr. Kelli Naylor Dobrzynski.
Jerry Naylor is a forty-five
year veteran of the entertainment industry. Jerry began
his successful career as a singer with his own country/Rockabilly
group in 1954 at age 15. In 1956, Jerry became a member
of the San Angelo, Texas based rock group, The Cavaliers,
who are remembered for their 1964 national number one hit
recording, "Last Kiss."
also began a duel career in broadcasting in 1954, working
as a teenage radio disc jockey on the popular San Angelo,
Texas KPEP country music radio station. KPEP was co-owned
by Joe Treadway and Dave Stone who also owned the now legendary
KDAV radio station in Lubbock, Texas, which is featured
in the worldwide British hit stage production on the life
and times of Buddy Holly and the Crickets, "Buddy."
The KPEP and KDAV radio station owners regularly promoted
major country music concerts in San Angelo and Lubbock featuring
the top stars of country music from the Grand Ole Opry and
the Louisiana Hayride, such as Johnny Horton, Sonny James,
Hank Snow, Hank Thompson, Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, Billy
Walker, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Kitty Wells,
Elvis Presley, Bob Luman, Gene Vincent, Roy Orbison, among
many others. Jerry Naylor, as a young singer managed by
Joe Treadway, performed on each of these shows. Buddy Holly
and his "country music blue-grass group" performed
on KDAV Radio and on some of these shows at this time in
Lubbock. Little could anyone have imagined, in these early
years, that Jerry Naylor could become the lead singer of
the Crickets after the tragic 1959 death of Buddy Holly.
Jerry joined the drummer and co-founder
of the Crickets, Jerry Allison, lead guitarist, Sonny Curtis,
and pianist, Glen D. Hardin, to re-form the Crickets in
the fall of 1960. Jerry was the lead singer of the Crickets
on most of the Liberty/EMI Records recordings and Crickets'
concert dates until he left the group for a solo career
in 1965. The Crickets, with Jerry Naylor as lead singer,
had several hit records in Great Britain, including Carol
King's penned, "Please Don't Ever Change," the
Sonny Curtis written, "My Little Girl," plus,
"Teardrops Fall Like Rain," "Don't Try to
Change Me," and "La Bamba," among others.
They also had a top five hit album with pop singer, Bobby
Vee, entitled "Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets" in
1962. This legendary album is still in release around the
world, on CDs, through EMI/Liberty Records. The Crickets
are credited with influencing the careers of many of the
legendary British rock acts, including Elton John and the
Beatles. The Beatles publicly state that they named themselves
after the Crickets because of their admiration for the group.
Since 1991, EMI Liberty Records Inc. and the EMI Records
Group, Ltd. have released or licensed to third party labels
for release, more than twelve CD's on the "Liberty
Years" masters on which Jerry Naylor was the lead singer.
Jerry also wrote or co-wrote some of the early EMI/Liberty
Records recordings for the Crickets such as "thoughtless,"
(written by Jerry Naylor and Mike Curb) and "Break
It Easy" (written by Jerry Naylor). Jerry and the Crickets
appeared with the Beach Boys and Leslie Gore in the 1964
Paramount Pictures beach movie classic, "Girls on the
Beach," and the Crickets, with Jerry Naylor as lead
singer, were featured singing their hits, "My Little
Girl" and "Teardrops Fall Like Rain," in
the 1962 Columbia Pictures British classic rock music movie,
"Just For Fun."
In 1965 the Crickets broke up and Jerry
signed a multiple-performance contract with the popular
ABC-Television network music variety show, "Shindig."
Also in 1965, Jerry Naylor signed a record production contract
with newcomer/record producer, Mike Curb. This close friendship
and [professional association would last for sixteen-years
as Jerry continued as a single performer recording for numerous
major record labels through Mike Curb Productions. Jerry
had his first solo pop hit, "But For Love" (#5
Billboard Easy Listening Chart) for CBS/Sony Records in
1970. This recording garnered Jerry four Grammy nominations
and Cashbox Magazine acclaimed Jerry Naylor as one of the
"Top Forty Male Vocalists of 1970." Jerry moved
to country music in the early 1970's and his Nashville recordings
produced a string of eight nationally charted records, including
his 1974 signature hit, "Is This All There Is To a
Honky Tonk." During this time, Jerry's records were
released through Mike Curb Productions on MGM/Polygram Records.
Warner Brothers/Curb Records and Motown/Melodyland Records.
Jerry Naylor also continued his television
broadcast career as the host of the Desilu Productions/Show
Biz, Inc. nationally syndicated music variety show, "Music
City, USA," in 1967. Jerry made many guest appearances
on the top-rated national television variety shows throughout
the United States, England, Canada and Europe from 1965
From 1965 to 1982, Jerry and his band
toured 250 to 300 dates per year performing concerts and
playing major nightclubs and casinos throughout the United
States, Canada, England, Europe and Asia. Jerry Naylor and
his group, with the direction of Jim Halsey and the Jim
Halsey Agency, helped to debut country music as a headline
act in the major hotel/casinos of Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake
Tahoe, Nevada, where he co-starred with some of the top
stars of country music from 1970 to 1982. Jerry headlined
in the main show rooms of the Landmark, Sahara, Thunderbird,
Golden Nugget and Showboat hotels and casinos in Las Vegas,
and at the Harrah's, Mapes, Holiday, and Sahara hotels and
casinos in Reno and Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Jerry Naylor also wrote, co-wrote, produced
and performed many songs for motion picture sound tracks
from 1965 to 1982. Jerry sang the title song, "Vangie's
Theme," for the award winning Rod Taylor, Jane Russell
1970 suspense movie, "Darker Than Amber," and
the main theme, "Helga," for the European art-film
classic, "Michael and Helga," among others. He
also performed on camera and as the singer/soloist on many
national radio and television commercials for such corporate
clients as Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Wrigley's
Chewing Gum, Frito-Lay, Safeway Stores, Avis Rental, Honda
Motors, World Football League, Thrifty Drug Stores, among
Jerry Naylor continued his duel careers
of broadcasting and singing/performing. In 1960 and 1962,
Jerry worked for the top rock stations, KRLA and KDAY, in
Los Angeles and from 1972 to 1983; Jerry was one of the
top radio personalities with the number one country music
radio station in America, KLAC Radio, Metromedia Broadcasting,
Inc., in Los Angeles. Jerry also hosted the weekly award
winning, three-hour, nationally and internationally syndicated
country music radio show, Continental Country from 1974
to 1976. Billboard Magazine, the Country Music Association,
and the Academy of Country Music named this show the "Number
One Country Music Syndicated Radio Show" for each year
it was produced, and it was aired in more than 150 markets
in the United States and around the world on the American
Forces Radio and Television Service.
In 1976, Jerry Naylor founded a public relations
company and film and video production company. One of his
first clients was the former governor of California, Governor
Ronald Reagan. Jerry and his company created and produced
documentaries, commercials, and eventually created and developed
feature motion pictures for Home Box Office and several
other major film companies. Jerry Naylor, through his company,
also became a member of the senior staff of the Reagan for
President Campaign in 1980. President Ronald Reagan appointed
Jerry Naylor to two three-year terms as a Federal Commissioner
of the National Commission for Employment Policy, working
directly with the White House Office of the President and
the Secretary of Labor.
In 1986, Jerry Naylor merged his company with
Newslink Satellite Broadcast Communications Company, Inc.
in Washington DC, and Jerry became Co-Chairman/CEO of the
partnership with Max Hugel, the former founder/CEO of the
major multi-national corporation, Brother International.
Through Newslink, Jerry Naylor and Max Hugel purchased all
of the satellite up-link and video production facilities
in Washington, DC and within two years 51% of the new company
was sold to the Washington Timers News Group/Atlantic Video.
During this period, Jerry Naylor and Max Hugel also founded
a film production company, International Syndication's,
Inc., which created, funded and developed several major
documentaries hosted by national columnist, Jack Anderson,
for PBS and the BBC and major motion pictures for Home Box
Office and other motion picture companies.
Jerry Naylor, as a television documentary
film producer has garnered several prestigious awards for
documentaries, which he produced for PBS, BBC and for commercial
network broadcast and non-broadcast (corporate). The Jerry
Naylor Company/North Media Group - Jerry's current company
- was instrumental in creating the concept and producing
the first "Video News Releases" in America, in
cooperation with Newslink Satellite Broadcast Communications
Company, Inc. This medium for delivery of privately financed
news/public relations stories has become a standard for
all news programming throughout the nation today on both
network news and local news television stations.
From 1986 to 1987, Jerry was the on-camera announcer/co-host
with Pat Boone on Pat's daily one-hour television talk show,
"Pat Boone, USA," for the Christian Broadcast
The Jerry Naylor Company is currently in development
and/or pre-production on several broadcast television network
and cable television network movie and documentary productions
based on original non-fiction books on which The Naylor
Company has purchased the exclusive creative rights. Currently,
Jerry is also completing the development of a three-hour
television documentary production, "Tribute to My Friends;
The Legends of Rockabilly." This is a special tribute
to the pioneers of rockabilly music with whom Naylor began
his professional entertainment career in 1954.
Jerry Naylor is a member of the Academy
of Country Music, The Country Music Association, and The
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Jerry is
listed in, or has creative works in, The Country Music Hall
of Fame ("The Legend of Johnny Brown Country Opera"
album on which Jerry Naylor sings the lead role of Johnny
Brown). The Who's Who of Country Music, The Who's Who of
Rock and Roll, The Encyclopedia of Country Music, The Encyclopedia
of Rock and Roll and his creative works are registered in
the United States Library of Congress. He is a member of
the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Zeta Phi Chapter. Jerry Naylor
is also one of the founders, and a member of the Board of
Directors, of The West Texas Music Hall of Fame/Museum Foundation.
In 1991, Jerry Naylor was inducted into
the Marquis' Who's Who in the West, in 1993 he was honored
in the Marquis' Who's Who in Finance and Industry for his
contributions to international business consultation, and
in 1994, Jerry was inducted into the Marquis' Who's Who
in Entertainment and Marquis' Who's Who in America.
In 2000 Jerry was inducted into the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame.