Artist: Jerry Kennedy
LP: From Nashville to Soulville
Song: "Fannie Mae"
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As the liner notes on the back of Jerry Kennedy's 1965 "From Nashville to Soulville" LP indicate, that's actually not a very long journey. Here are the driving directions. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in August of 1940, Jerry learned to play the guitar by the time he was ten years old. He began performing at and attending local shows, including one called "Louisiana Hayride" in 1954 where a young Elvis Presley was making an appearance. Jerry and his friend who went to the show with him were reportedly frustrated by all the screaming females in attendance who made it next to impossible for a serious-minded musician to listen to and enjoy the fabulous talents of Elvis' guitar player, Scottie Moore. Jerry soon moved up to Nashville, where, aside from making a few records of his own, he worked with an impressive roster of famous rock, soul, folk, and country stars. You can read about Jerry Kennedy's life and career on Wikipedia here, and go here to find a page about Jerry on the official website of his son, Bryan Kennedy, who's a musician too.
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