JAMIE, JON and JERRY
JON DEREK (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)
JAMIE GUNN (Bass Guitar/Vocals)
GERRY HOGAN (Lead & Pedal Steel Guitar)
JED KELLY (Drums)
ALBERT LEE (Lead Guitar)
FACTS / HIGHLIGHTS
Now under the guidance of new manager Don Arden, who is keen to turn the group into another 'Bachelors' he feels several changes need to be made, including the name of the group, which does not appeal. Several names come to mind but after careful thought he realises it lies within their first names - JAMIE Gunn, JON Derek and JERRY Hogan, with the minor detail of Gerry Hogan now needing to spell his name with a 'J'.
Jamie, Jon and Jerry top the bill on a show called 'The New Sound In Country Music' staged at the famous Grafton Ballroom in Liverpool (January 1967). They play for an hour to a capacity audience of 1200 who love them. Reflecting on the show, Jon is quoted to say, "The country music scene in Liverpool is marvellous - the people up there really go for our kind of music. We had a great reception and a terrific night and we'd like to go back very soon."
Jon Derek purchases a brand new Gibson J200 Jumbo guitar costing £315. (In today's money that would equate to more than £5000).
Prominent Canadian Actor and BBC Disc Jockey 'Murray Kash' becomes Honarary President of the Jamie, Jon and Jerry Fan Club. Membership tops 400 by the summer of 1967.
Manager Don Arden secures a new deal for the group with Decca Records and their first single is released in March 1967 '(I'd Be) A Legend In My Time' produced by Tony Clarke. Their second single is released in July 'A Place In My Heart' produced by Dick Rowe. Don Arden spends £1000 on promoting the record and in an interview Jon says, "This is the best we have done and it is commercially good. We spent three hours on a Sunday morning in a studio with a 30-piece orchestra to get this sound." The single makes No.5 in the Record Mirror Country Singles chart sandwiched between 'Just Between You And Me' by Charley Pride at No.4 and 'Tonight Carmen, by Marty Robbins at No.6.
Jamie, Jon and Jerry appear on 'The Hank Locklin Show' at The Clarendon Ranch House in Hammersmith, London (June 1967). Also on the bill is Irish singer, Clodagh Rodgers.
Friends, Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock (Chas and Dave) introduce 'Albert Lee' to Jamie, Jon and Jerry. Albert, who is keen to play country music, starts sitting in with the group, primarily at their London gigs.
Jamie, Jon and Jerry appear alongside pop star 'Lulu' on the 'Base Fair Summer of 1967' show at USAF Upper Heyford.
Jamie, Jon and Jerry secure a regular spot on a brand new weekly BBC Radio 2 show called 'Country Meets Folk' - presented by Wally Whyton and recorded before a live audience at the Playhouse Theatre in Charing Cross, London.
The group's third and final single is released in October 1967 - a cover of the Buck Owens hit 'Together Again'.
TOURS / SHOWS
THE NEW SOUND IN COUNTRY MUSIC
Grafton Ballroom - Liverpool
THE HANK LOCKLIN SHOW
The Clarendon Ranch House
BASE FAIR SUMMER OF 1967
USAF Upper Heyford - Oxfordshire
Featuring: Jamie, Jon and Jerry and Lulu
(I'D BE) A LEGEND IN MY TIME
Decca Records F12575 (March 1967)
YOU'VE STILL GOT A PLACE IN MY HEART
Decca Records F12642 (July 1967)
Decca Records F12686 (October 1967)