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Classic Rewind: Jerry Wallace – ‘If You Leave Me Tonight, I’ll Cry’

3 responses to “Classic Rewind: Jerry Wallace – ‘If You Leave Me Tonight, I’ll Cry’

  1. Paul W Dennis January 24, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Jerry had a pretty decent career as a pop singer from 1958 to 1964. Although he had always received some airplay on country radio, he began focusing on the country market after 1964.

    In 1971 things finally began to happen for Jerry as “The Moring After ” became his first top twenty country record and its 1972 follow up “To Get To You”, reached #12. Then came this song, which was used in an episode of Rod Serling’s NIGHT GALLERY. The song played endlessly in the episode titled The Tune in Dan’s CafĂ©, ultimately creating a buzz that caused Decca to release the song as a single. It hit #1 and two more singles also hit #1 on either Cashbox or Record World.

    Wallace was already 44 years old when this song hit so he figured to have a fairly short shelf ife at the top

  2. Ken January 25, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Loved Jerry’s voice. Although he had a successful pop career his voice was well suited to country ballads. My particular favorite is “To Get To You” the #12 country single that preceded “If You Leave Me Tonight I’ll Cry” in early 1972. A collection of Jerry’s Challenge, Decca, MCA and 4 Star singles was released in 2007 and is a great place to explore Jerry’s excellent country hits including the song posted above.

    Sadly like too many singers Jerry’s later years were rather difficult. After retiring he lived in a small trailer in California and supported himself by selling his CD’s & autographed photos out of the trunk of his car at truck stops and other locations. In the early 2000’s Jerry was owed several thousand dollars in royalties that had gone unpaid because they could not track him down. When they finally did he was most grateful for the unexpected and much needed windfall. Jerry passed away in 2008 at the age of 79.

    Although Jerry did not become a country star until the early 1970’s this 1962 single gave a preview of where his career was headed. This is one of those records that SHOULD have been a country hit.

  3. Luckyoldsun January 25, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    The writer of that song (the first name inside the parentheses just below the song title on the record label) was one of the greatest and most remarkable heroes in American History.
    Anyone who is not familiar with the name should Google it.

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