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|The family home of Harley O. & Lauretta Byrd and first son Gerald Byrd, 1628 W. Wayne Street, Lima, Ohio.||A young Gerald Byrd (right) seated on a front porch railing somewhere in Lima, Ohio, with an unidentified boyhood friend.|
|The man who meant so much to JERRY BYRD, maintained a small, backyard music studio where Jerry got his first formal musical education. The home of Ron Dearth, is located at 824 East Libby Street, Lima, Ohio.||A close-up photo of Dearth's Music Studio, where Jerry Byrd was first introduced to his 6-string, Bakelite, Rickenbacker steel guitar. This is the man that recorded over the air, many of Jerry's solo's from his live Radio WJR Detroit performances, and proof of Jerry's invention of the C6th tuning.|
|A side-view of Dearth's Music Studio, where Jerry traded hand written arrangements/tablature for payments on his Rickenbacker steel guitar. Jerry told me that "this man cared more about his musical success than anyone else".||JERRY BYRD's first Rickenbacher, 6-string Bakelite. This is the actual guitar that Jerry used in all of his early day recordings. It is the one that helped to open the door to Jerry Byrd's fabulous and rewarding musical career. It is on-loan to Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame. This historic Rickenbacher Bakelite is owned by Jerry Byrd's eldest daughter Lani Jo Byrd Fosbinder of Antioch, Tennessee, and is on loan to the museum until such time she might choose to redeem it.|
|This early WLW Radio photo of a very young Mr. Byrd show's his early use of a "G" in the spelling of his first name. It also shows his beautiful handwriting.||Very young Jerry Byrd with life-long friend and Renfro Valley recording star Ernest Eli Conileson............in later years....."Ernie Lee".|
|A 1939 photo of Jerry Byrd (age 19) and his famous Rickenbacher steel guitar, no doubt snapped at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance.||
1940-Renfro Valley Barn Dance cast.
Jerry Byrd can be seen in the
back row, 3rd from the right end, standing next to "Ernie Lee".
|A very young looking, 27 year old Jerry Byrd, during a 1947 visit to the Deauville Inn, Detroit, Michigan.||The March, 1947, movie of Ernest Tubb's life, produced in Hollywood, Calif. and popular among collectors........The Hollywood Barn Dance. A few copies of this historic old film are still floating around these days. Jerry Byrd left the Texas Troubadors shortly after his return to Nashville.|
|Jerry Byrd and Ernie Lee, together, as was often the case, doing what both enjoyed nearly as much as their music. This unknown, secret little lake, will forever remain hidden from the world at large.||Jerry Byrd shaking hands with long-time friend Ron Dearth along with Jim Kanip in front of Jerry's Cincinnati, Ohio, apartment located on Queen City Avenue. Jerry returned to Cincinnati from Nashville, 1948-49, for the highly successful WLW-TV Midwestern Hayride|
|WHO SAID? Graphic evidence that JERRY BYRD did play a post war Rickenbacher with white panels. Jerry (age 29), doing his thing at the West Fort Tavern, Detroit, Michigan,1949.||Jerry Byrd, (age 30), with the 1950 cast of WLW-TV's Midwestern Hayride in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jerry is 4th from the right end, in the back row, standing next to Zeke Turner, Louis Innis and Red Turner. Ernie Lee is seated in the front row, 2nd from the left. Judy Perkins, a featured singer on several records with Jerry, is seated on the right end, directly in front of Zeke Turner, exceptional lead guitarist who played with Jerry for many years.|
|Jerry Byrd with Danny Kauuana and Francis Brown around the year 1950. Jerry's first Hawaiian album "Nani Hawaii".....is believed by many of Jerry's number one fans, to have been one of the best examples of his extraordinary playing........and matching of guitar and amp.||
youthful looking JERRY BYRD
accompanied by his two close working friends Red Turner (L) and
Louis Innis (R). They appear to be in an amusement park where
many musical performances were
held, back in the good old days, prior to 1980.
|Jerry Byrd seen backstage with one of his REALLY BIG FANS........ A factor that made many a friend for JERRY BYRD was his willingness to converse with his fans and allow pictures to be taken. I wonder how many personal letters and/or audio tapes are floating around?||A 1950's photo of The Pleasant Valley Boys, 'Cincinnati's hottest studio band'. This is the group that backed Hank WIlliams on "Lovesick Blues". Left to right: Louis Innis, Zeke Turner, Tommy Jackson and Jerry Byrd.|
|Ernest Ashworth & Jerry Byrd get together during the Nashville D.J. Conv. spring of 1964. Jerry recorded quite a few tunes with Ernest.||Jerry Byrd, as the victim, clowning around with other musicians during a musical gathering.. Notice the 7-string pre-war Rickenbacher on his lap? Jerry had a great sense of humor and also was known for his dry wit.|
|1951 letter from Jerry Byrd on WLW Radio-TV stationary, inviting me to join his JBFC, which I did and enjoyed very much. They used to have contests to see who could write the most requests to local and national country/western disc jockeys........requesting JERRY BYRD's latest record. Many of todays greatest Jerry Byrd admirers were member of that club.||Millie Annis was the hard-working and dedicated President of the original Jerry Byrd Fan Club until the club shut down in around 1972, following Jerry's plans to move to Hawaii. The club averaged some 300 members. Millie had to type, mimeograph, bind, package, address and mail the regular Steel Guitar Echoes Journals. She also had to handle all of the routine correspondence, paste into each journal, the actual photographs submitted by JBFC members and applying postage, etc. She was a very special person and very loyal to Jerry Byrd.|
|JERRY BYRD surrounded by friends......Harold Bradley, seated with lead guitar, ES-350 Gibson with twin Bigsby pickups on Jerry's left. Standing (L to R) Walter Haynes, fiddle; Ernie Newton, bass player that also used a snare drum head on his bass; Joe Allison, prominent Nashville song writer (You'll Have to Go), and, Bobby Sykes.||This attractive bronze plaque honors JERRY BYRD and was awarded at the time of his induction into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, St.Louis, MO., in 1978. Jerry was the first to be inducted into the SGHF. DeWitt "Scotty" Scott was the man behind this wonderful idea.|
|The JERRY BYRD Family. Jerry flanked by his wife Thelma, and daughters Lani Jo (7-04-49)and Luana June (3-11-54), at their Nashville, Tenn. home. It's been said that the girls really didn't know what their father did for a living until Lani Jo was in high school and the subject came up by one of her teachers.||28. Jerry Byrd's Nashville home located at 4849 Aster Drive. Jerry was living here at the time he went to Mexico to record "Memories of Maria". He was driving, at that time, a newly acquired 1959 (?) Mercury. He also was playing his new JERRY BYRD model, stand-alone Rickenbacher steel guitar.|
|JERRY BYRD and the Hired Hands backing song writer and vocalist Harlan Howard, during a local television production. Notice the JB Model. steel guitar. Jerry acquired a Vibralux Amp during the 1956-59 time period and used it during his stint on the BOBBY LORD TV Show. The program aired on WSM in Nashville. He continued to use that amp until Fender offered him a new Fender Twin Reverb amp. Jerry used that amp and took it with him on his move to Hawaii during the early 1970's.?||
Jerry Byrd performing on stage in Lima,
Ohio, 1965. Jerry regularly
explained that it's "LIMA".........like the bean!
JERRY BYRD in straw hat with long-time friend
Fischer, Sr. of Florissant, Mo. Photo was taken during the early 1990's
at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis while attending one of
Scotty's Steel Guitar Conventions. This was most likely the last
time Jerry made such an
|JERRY BYRD's original 6-string, Rickenbacker Bakelite, steel guitar and the VOLU-TONE amplifier that together, made such very sweet music. This is an early display at the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame. NOTE the handiwork over the speaker on the Volu-Tone amp.|
| Jerry Byrd after dark in a local, motel parking lot following his first ,1978 appearance at the Winchester Convention. He took turns playing about 3 tunes each on everyone's guitar. The crowd was amazed how much better their guitars sounded when Jerry played them. Scotty had an old, junky, Ric Panda for sale until Jerry played it. Scotty promptly withdrew his 'for sale' offer. DeWitt "Scotty" Scott, identifiable by his white slacks and dark mustache, is to Jerry's immediate left.
Wally Phieffer is located just behind Scotty's right shoulder, attired in Aloha shirt and a happy smile.
CC Johnson wearing a flowered Hawaiian shirt with white slacks and shoes with a broad smile is behind Jerry's right shoulder.
NOTE: Jerry Byrd is barefoot and using someone's rubber, automobile, floor mat to prevent electrical shock.
|This outdoor parking lot jam shows Jerry Byrd with his back to the camera entertaining his many friends following his earlier performance at the Aloha International Steel Guitar Convention in Winchester, Indiana. As the saying goes, there wasn't a bad seat in the house (parking lot!).|
|Jerry Byrd tuning up someone's FRY-Pan in the open-air parking lot jam-session in Winchester, IN. DeWitt "Scotty" Scott on Jerry's left, with thick black hair, facing Jerry. C.C.Johnson is positioned between and behind Jerry and Scotty. Jerry was using Johnsons' Webb Amp.||Jerry Byrd playing the FRY-PAN. Jerry always explained that when he played someone else's guitar or through someone else's amp, it NEVER sounded like JERRY BYRD and he experienced difficulty as a result. He always managed to sound GREAT!|
|Jerry Byrd on stage at Scotty's International Steel Guitar Convention, St. Louis, Missouri, 1978. Whenever Jerry appeared at this gigantic show, folks would give up their seats and move to the area just below the stage where they could sit on the floor to see/hear Jerry better.||
Jerry Byrd playing his famous Sho-Bud at one of the
conventions where he was always a huge crowd pleaser. This photo
autographed for his long-time friend Wayne Tanner, Belvurde, Texas.
|Jerry Byrd and his custom Sho-Bud. Another stage show, another town, but always the same top flight performance for his loyal audience. Do notice the steep angle of tilt to his guitar.||
Jerry Byrd, doing what he did
best.....playing beautiful music on the steel guitar with adoring
fans watching and listening to his every move.
|Jerry Byrd playing bakelite in music store w/Tanner||
JERRY BYRD in the back of Scotty's Music Store in
downtown St. Louis, Missouri. One might think that
Wayne Tanner was trying to catch a hot lick or two..
|This photo shows the front of Jerry Byrd's Honolulu condo, located on University Avenue in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the home Jerry shared with his lovely wife Elizabeth Wood.|| This is Jerry's Condo as viewed from the eastside. Jerry
mentioned to me on numerous taped-letters, how very much he enjoyed seeing the sunrise each morning over Diamond Head from his 7th floor vantage point.
|This is the view of famed Diamond Head which Jerry Byrd observed with the dawning of each new day. He often described its beauty as he dictated still another letter to me. The lady is my charming wife Sally.|| Just one of many breathtaking views that abound on the island of Oahu.
If you have yet to visit Honolulu, you will surely love it.
|Another fabulous view that awaits you on your visit to the islands. As I stepped off the airliner, I instantly felt as though I'd been there before.||Seldom in a lifetime does one get to enjoy such scenic beauty. One trip around the island and I wanted to spend the rest of my life there.|
|This is the 'famous' HARRY's MUSIC STORE where for many years, JERRY BYRD maintained his studio. Harry's is located at 3457 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816. A homey place to visit and browse.||A sidewalk view of the front of Harry's Music in Honolulu, Hawaii. Many very lucky steel guitar students enjoyed their visits to this historic location where they were able to learn from "the MASTER".|
|This is the dimly lit hallway down which so many students trod to learn from JERRY BYRD, the 'Master of Touch & Tone'. What I would have given just to be one of those lucky students.||This is the 'name plate' on Jerry's Studio Door. Personally, I was shocked by such a minimal identification for such a great musician and wonderful person.|
|JERRY BYRD and lovely wife Elizabeth "Kaleo" Woods. Photo was taken during Jerry's 'surprise' 70th birthday celebration at the Willows, March, 1990, during which Jerry was supremely 'roasted'. Yes, this is the same pretty hula dancer you might note in some of the great videos of Jerry that are still floating around.||JERRY BYRD with long time friend Jack Jones, from Butte, Montana. Jerry was 82 when this photo was taken, during a leisurely mornings' breakfast where the two no doubt chatted about Jerry's playing, his records and everything else that musician's talk about.|
|'Steelin' the Blues" written and recorded on Mercury Records by Jerry Byrd; vocal by Rex Allen. This was on the flip side of Jerry's ever popular "Drowsy Waters", his first release. It remains one of the most requested steel guitar instrumentals next to Steel Guitar Rag.||A card prepared by JERRY BYRD and his family for his Memorial Services.|
|JERRY BYRD's Memorial Service (Front Cover)||JERRY BYRD's Memorial Service (Back Cover)|
|Inside front cover of program.||Inside back cover of program.|
|Jerry Byrd's lifelong friend Al Stotler in front of Nashville's TOOTSIEs lounge.
Al was the beneficiary of many of Jerry's keepsakes.
|Al Stotler and Jerry|
|Here's a photo (Honolulu, HA -Oct. 1978.) of Jerry checking out A002; Al's SHO-BUD Jerry Byrd Fry Pan that he took over there and brought back. They are pictured at the OUTRIGGER HOTEL where he always stayed when there.||Al and Jerry|
|Al Stotler 1997 at the Outrigger Hotel||Here's two, long-time admirers of JERRY BYRD and his beautiful music. Pictured here during a visit to the Omni Hut in Smyrna, Tennessee, is Hank Snow's steel player of 41 years, KAYTON Roberts with his lovely wife Iva Lee, herself a fabulous pianist. Jerry Byrd had also performed some live shows there. (Photo by Jack Jones)|
|This is Nashville's new Country Music Hall of Fame where Jerry Byrd's original Rickenbacher guitar and Volu-Tone amp are on display.||Ryman Auditorium where countless music careers were born. Jerry Byrd reserved front row balcony seats for Ray Montee and wife, Lynne, during his first Nashville visit where he got to see Cowboy Copas, and Patsy Cline still on crutches following a serious auto accident.|
|Ray Montee visited this historic Nashville facility back in the mid-1960's when he flew back to visit with Jerry Byrd at his home.||The Ryman Auditorium during the great flood of 2010.|
|The Ryman Auditorium during the great flood of 2010.||This an across the street view of the Ernest Tubb Record Shop located on Nashville's Broad Street located near the Ryman Auditorium. No more records in this store.........just CD's.|
| This is the E.T. Record Store on Music City Drive near the New Grand Ole Opry House and Opryland Hotel. The original downtown store, is no more. That is where the Jamboree is held now.
Pictured in front is Jack Jones, long-time JERRY BYRD fan of Butte, Montana. Jack kindly contributed these Nashville photo's for your visual enjoyment...
|The new E.T. Record Shop about 1/2 block from the one on Music City Drive. They also built an attached concert place where they hold the Midnight Jamboree.|
|This is Ernest Tubbs Tour Bus in the modern new Record Shop. Affectionately known as The GREEN HORNET, this 1964 Silver Eagle carried Ernest Tubb and His Texas Troubadors more than 3 MILLION miles throughout the USA & Canada during the years 1970-1979. My good friend Lynn Owsley has driven that bus many a mile and is well known for the many years he played steel guitar for E.T.||A great old movie "Hollywood Barn Dance", the story of Ernest Tubbs early beginnings and his eventual rise to Stardom. There are some great scenes with Jerry Byrd on steel guitar. Jerry left the band a short time later.|
|Al Stotler had this bar and pick display made.||Small pouch that Jerry Byrd used to carry his bar and picks in. (Courtesy of Jack Jones)|
|This was a Ray Montee graphic arts project in 1953 at Benson Polytchnic High School,Portland,Oregon||JERRY BYRD playing a double neck Excel in Honolulu, May 1, 1995.|
|JERRY BYRD playing as a guest artist with The Sons of the Pioneers, 1953.||JERRY BYRD and Leonard T. Zinn (formerly with the 101 Ranch Boys of York, Penn) at the 2003 Steel Guitar Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.|
|JERRY BYRD accompanied by Barney Isaacs (left) and Walter M. (right) at a Hawaiian Steel Guitar gathering in Honolulu.||JERRY BYRD on rhythm guitar with a 'famous Hawaiian steel guitarist'..........(Billy Hew Len)|
|Jerry Byrd with his Sho-Bud double neck steel guitar at the Mahi-Mahi Club in Nashville, Tennessee, some time during 1970. He is surrounded by Johnny DeGeorge, Luke Brandow, guitar and Tom Pritchard, bass.||Shortly after Jerry arrived in Honolulu....at the Kahala Hilton in Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 23, 1972. Photo of Kaleho (left front, seated), BLA, Al Stotler (right front, seated), Barney, Jerry Byrd (standing), and Greg.|
|Jerry Byrd and Curley Chalker with Al Stotler's Rickenbacher, six string Fry Pan, that Jerry played for many years. Al found this guitar in a second hand store and paid only $15.00 for it. SIMPLY AMAZING!||J.B. with new Sho-Bud 3-10-68
Photo taken (possiblly by Al Stotler) in 'Kimas house', sometime in March 10, 1968. This would have been shortly after Jerry took delivery of the famous Sho-Bud.
|J.B. Recording Session Nashville studio B with 001-JB Trotmore steel - around 1954 from Country Music Magazine||Note one of these photos was in the old Country Music Hall of Fame on Music Row now moved to downtown Nashville.|
|Jerry and Dee Kilpatrick, head of country western records for Mercury, talking over the session.||Jerry picking.|
|Jerry Byrd, the famous guitar player.||Jerry and Dee and the sound engineer hearing the playback.|
|Jerry picking.||Jerry listening in solid comfort.|
|Jerry Byrd with his Students L-R Casey Olsen, Alan Akaka, Greg Sardinha and Isaac Akuna taken in Honolulu, Hawaii||Bobby Koefer, a former Bob Wills' Texas Playboy, now lives in Bend, Oregon.|
|Neil Flanz with Jerry Byrd, standing in front of Nashvilles' old Andrew Jackson Hotel (since demolished) where early day "Radio DJ" conventions were held prior to the FAN FAIR events making inroads on the scene. These DJ conventions began in 1952-1957 during the month of November lasting 3 days and typically consuming all 12 floors of the hotel for non-stop jamming.||September 2,1978 St. Louis SGC - Leon McAuliffe, Alvino Ray, Jerry Byrd|
|Jerry Byrd, the percussionist, that not everyone knew.||Jerry Byrd standing with Richenbacher Bakelite.|
|Jerry Byrd playing an Excel.||Two great steel men, Buddy Emmons and Jerry Byrd.|
|Jerry Byrd in Danny Kuaana's home with Sonja Henie, the famous ice skater.||Jerry Byrd trio with dancer 'Kaleo' at unknown location.|
|From left to right..........JERRY BYRD, steel guitar Al Veithuis, bass Bob Waters, guitar|
|Jerry Byrd with friends B. Kalama and Kalani Fernandes. The group is known as the Jerry Byrd Trio.||Jerry Byrd performance on a borrowed FENDER triple neck steel guitar at a Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association convention. (Year and location unknown.)|
|Jerry Byrd with life long friend and Texas steel guitarist Wayne Tanner and his lovely wife Dorthy; circa 1952.||JERRY BYRD & Billy Robinson of Nashville. Jerry was the 'original' and Billy was the carbon copy of Jerry's style, a requirement established by Red Foley, the headliner of the Prince Albert portion of the Grand Ole Opry NBC Radio Show. When first hired, Billy was just 18.|
|Jerry with a Fry Pan replica, possibly a Shot-Jackson model.||Jerry with another Fry Pan at one of Scotty's International Steel Guitar conventions.|
|Jerry with the #001 Trot-Mor steel guitar he used on the Bobby Lord television show for a number of years. I have the #002 unit that was acquired at the same time by Jerry's friend Howard White.||Jerry seated, playing his Trot-Mor steel guitar. This guitar was made of a magnesium alloy that purportedly made it less susceptible to fluctuations in temperature; ie: television studio lighting.|
|Jerry playing Rickenbachers' first 'personalized JB Mdl. This was the guitar Jerry used on his popular "Memories of Maria" album that was recorded in Mexico City.||This was a FENDER GUITAR CO., publicity photo taken at one of their trade show booths. From left to right: Jimmy Day; Johnny Siebert; JERRY BYRD; Leon MacAuliffe, Sonny Burnette, Speedy West, Buddie Emmons; Don Helms; Bob White; Bob Foster. Front row: Linda Rilley, Don Warden, Blanche Emerson.|
|Jerry Byrd and Ian Ufton relaxing at a local watering hole.||Jerry on stage along with friends Kalani Fernandes, Benny Kalama and Hiram Olsen, 1984.|
|Jerry Byrd sharing a stage with Barney Isaacs, 1989.||Jerry's music room at his Nashville home where his first Rickenbacher was proudly displayed.|
|Jerry on the television set of Bobby Lord Show. Jerry was playing his Fender steel guitar at this point in time.||Jerry with friend and recording artist Roy Drusky.|
|Jerry during a relaxed practice session back when he was an avid pipe smoker...||A youthful Jerry Byrd playing a Ric' on his lap.|
|Jerry Byrd and friend Frank Hashimoto.||A young Jerry Byrd with his 'second' trio.|
|Jerry Byrd and long time admirer Buddie Emmons.||Jerry with Manly Farm, Bob Waters and Alan Byrd.|
|Jerry playing a Panda in a home environment.||Jerry with a group at Howard Johnson's Hawaiian Village.|
|Jerry playing his Fry Pan at a restaurant during a relaxed lunch time. Guests were Dwight Harris and Art Brooke.||Jerry with his family.|
|Jerry in a Hawaiian club setting.||Jerry Byrd and his coveted Fry Pan during a break at the St.Louis Steel Guitar Convention, 1972.|
|Jokester Jerry Byrd intimidating DeWitt Scott at the steel guitar convention.||The players at Scotty's 1980 Convention in St.Louis.|
|Jerry Byrd along with Al Velthuis (bass) and Bob Waters (guitar) and the Polynesian Maids.||Jerry Byrd with Al Velthuis and Bob Waters with Hula dancer Kaleo Woods (Byrd).|
|A 1997 photo of JERRY BYRD and his famous Sho-Bud steel guitar. Photographer that kindly shared this photo with the JBFC is none other than Mike Ihde. Thanks Mike!||The next set of 5 photos were made available to the JBFC courtesy ofJim Priebe and Steelguitardownunder.com; and the Benny Joyner (dec'd)
photo collection of steel guitar in OZ.
Pictured here is TEX MORTON (with back to camera) a popular Australian vocalist and guitarist. Other person with Jerry, K Kitching.
|JERRY BYRD with friend, Ron Fewsten at unspecified location.||JERRY BYRD on the job, playing his heart out and making the audience very happy.|
|JERRY BYRD, second from right with unidentified good friends.||JERRY BYRD, with wife and eldest daughter Lani Jo.|