CONGRATULATIONS TO JERRY ROSS ON 50 YEARS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS!
October 26, 2010
It’s the 50th Anniversary of my longtime friend, and sometime collaborator, producer/ songwriter Jerry Ross. After cutting classics with The Dreamlovers and The Sapphires, he had an amazing string of hits with Bobby Hebb, Keith, Spanky & Our Gang, Jay & The Techniques, Dee Dee Warwick, Jerry Butler, The Temptations and the Supremes.
If that wasn’t enough, he introduced many incredible acts on Colossus Records, including Shocking Blue…so why isn’t he in some kind of Hall of Fame?
JERRY ROSS JUST DOESNT GET ENOUGH CREDIT FOR THE THINGS HE DID IN THE MUSIC WORLD, HE HAD SOME OF THE BEST EARS AND BEST INSTINCTS IN THE BUSINESS. HE FOUND GREAT ARTISTS, AND GREAT SONGS, AND EVEN SOME OF THE STUFF THAT DIDNT WIND UP IN THE TOP 10 WAS IMPRESSIVE: 2 OF MY FAVORITES WOULD BE, AND SUDDENLY, BY THE CHERRY PEOPLE AND I DIG EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU, BY THE MOB, JUST 2 OF HIS GREAT TRACKS.
IM A BIG JERRY ROSS FAN!
“Because of Jerry Ross, I still receive emails today from fans around the world of my group’s music.
Thank you Jerry for believing in the The MOB and getting us our first record success on the charts. Happy 50
Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary.
And here’s to fifty more.
We love ya,
“Jerry Ross knows talent, is a talent, influenced many careers, and he demonstrated to many new-comers how it’s done.”
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to say a “thank you” to Jerry Ross for the music he has given us during his 50 years in the business. He was involved with many of my favorite records by the likes of Keith, Bill Deal & The Rhondels, the Dreamlovers, Dee Dee Warwick etc.
Here in Rhode Island we have another great celebrating his 50 years in the business; Peter Anders is performing in concert tomorrow (October 16). Peter with his then partner, Vinnie Poncia, wrote “You Gave Me Somebody To Love” with Jerry Ross, a song which Jerry worked on with the Dreamlovers and Jay & The Techniques. Anders and Poncia also wrote “Gonna Make Him My Baby”, which Jerry’s wife, April Young, recorded.
Going further back, you can even find Jerry Ross-Kenny Gamble songs recorded by Freddy Cannon; “Everybody Monkey” and “That’s The Way Girls Are” from 1963. It has been varied.
Keep the faith Jerry, Mike Edwards
Jerry Ross put me and my old partner on the road of knowing what a hit song is….And with this knowledge we both went on to having many charted records. Jerry is a gentleman and I want to say to him thanks for putting in the time to teach….Barry Oslander
I had a lot of fun working with Jerry and many interesting and successful songs and records came out of our relationship.
Jerry Ross produced so many great records that each time I think of a new
one I remember it as my favorite. Also, the more I learn of his career — of
the names of artists he worked with and records he produced — the more
impressed I become, as there’s scarcely a slouch in the bunch.
I don’t know that Jerry would view his career the same way I do, but from my
perspective it’s been one of moving from triumph to triumph with almost
unheard-of consistency. And so I extend him my deep gratitude, and my
sincere congratulations on a “colossus” of a career!
JERRY PRODUCED A BEAUTIFUL RECORDING OF A SONG WE WROTE CALLED ‘MR DREAM MERCHANT’ THAT WAS BEAUTIFULLY SUNG BY THE ‘ICE MAN’ HIMSELF, THE GREAT JERRY BUTLER..
IF WE’RE AROUND, DO I GET AN ANNIVERSARY NOTE LIKE THIS? BEST WISHES..
Wow – not only did he produce hit after hit in the ’60s and after (my faves:
The Dreamlovers’ “When We Get Married” and Spanky & Our Gang’s “Sunday…”),
but he had the “ears” and business sense to import talent like Shocking Blue
and The Tee Set. Congratulations on 50 big years (and, if I stopped to
count, at least as many big hits). May your ears never go out of tune, and
the hits just keep on comin’!
Country Paul Payton
I have known Jerry Ross since I began my career at MRC Music on West 57th Street and we were the co-publisher of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”…
Jerry was always and will always continue to be the perfect role model both for me and any aspiring young person who wants to succeed in the music industry…certainly we all know that the industry has changed since “Sunny,” but the one thing that has not changed are the disciples that Jerry Ross has always lived by…love people, live by the philosophy of helping somebody even though you know up front they can’t do anything for you in return, and just work your ass off to be one hell of a great music man and hope you know a hit song when you hear one!
Congratulations Jerry on a stellar career and the best is yet to come; I promise!
Jerry Ross … where to begin? Well, he’s one of my favourite producers and songwriters, and a really great guy to boot. A few mates and I got to hang out with him for an afternoon a few years ago – a highlight of our trip to New Jersey , although he never did show us how to do “The 81”. Heck, if only for all those classy little records he made with the Sapphires – “Who Do You Love”, “Slow Fizz”, “Evil One”, “Gotta Have Your Love”, “Let’s Break Up For A While”, “I Found Out Too Late”, “Where Is Johnny Now”, etc – he’d be up there with the greats. But things got even better when Mercury Records bagged him to work with Dee Dee Warwick and Jerry Butler. I’d like to congratulate him on 50 years in the business.
MICK PATRICK – SPECTROPOP
When I asked Jerry How he felt about his 50th Anniversary in the music business he said,
“I owe the extraordinary journey to my goals and body of work to the remarkable and special people in my life who were my collaborators !!!!
The songwriters/ my Artists/ my arrangers/ the musicians/ my background singers/ the audio engineers/ the promo men /the marketing teams/ my wife April, and the Radio deejays and media programmers, all, who with their support and collaboration respectfully made it all happen … You know who you are !!!!
I am so grateful …I can’t thank you enough. !!!!
I enjoyed the journey
“ The greatest risk is not taking one ”
Jerry Ross http://www.myspace.com/producerjerryross
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