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R.I.P. - Jerry Cole

31 May 2008
Jerry Cole died Wednessday (28th of May, 2008) night at his home in Corona, California. Jerry's wife, Gale, was with him when he suffered a massive heart attack. Jerry was 68 years old and is survived by Gale and their daughters, Monique and Katrina, and son, Cane. Jerry's other son, Keith, died just a year earlier at the age of 28. Funeral services are still pending but a public memorial is also being planned for the near future.



Throughout the ’60s and , guitarist/songwriter Jerry Cole worked with some of the most prominent talents in rock’n'roll, including Them, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, and as a session man in Phil Spector’s “Wrecking Crew.” With his own group the Spacemen, Cole released four albums of space-age surf music in just over two years, beginning with 1963’s Outer Limits. As the ’60s progressed, Cole worked on sessions for the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man” / ”I Knew I’d Want You” single and Them’s 1965 self-titled album. He teamed up with Roger McGuinn again in 1972 for McGuinn’s debut solo record, and session work with Roger Miller, Chuck Howard and Susie Allanson sent him in a country-rock direction. Cole’s work with the Spacemen was collected in the 1999 Sundazed compilation Power Surf! The Best of Jerry Cole & His Spacemen.

Heather Phares, All Music Guide

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