Sunday, June 7, 2009

Jerry Naylor: Writer of "Break It Easy"

Pictured, left to right are, Sonny Curtis, Jerry Allison, Jerry Naylor and Glen D. Hardin. The Crickets.
After the death of Buddy Holly, Jerry Naylor joined "The Crickets" in 1960. Their goal was to re-form the group. This project turned out to be very successful. They did an album with Bobby Vee, "Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets". Jerry Naylor was the lead singer on most of the Liberty/EMI recordings and the "Cricket" concert dates until he left the group for a solo career in 1965.
Jerry Naylor wrote "Break It Easy", which turned out to be one of my favorite recordings. I had the great opportunity to meet Jerry when he was playing at a Club just south of Chicago. I had already recorded the song and he liked what I had done. After his show, the two of us sat in a booth, had a few beers and talked about the Crickets and Buddy Holly. I was awe struck. It was a super night and Jerry Naylor couldn't have been nicer. He was just like one of the guys.

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