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Jerry Fuller

Singer song writer Jerry Fuller – out of Fort Worth, Texas – came to Challenge in mid 1959 recording several dozen tracks and releasing at least 20 singles.  Beyond recording Fuller would also contribute as writer to several other Challenge artists.

Fuller first came to Los Angeles in 1959 and broke in with his Challenge minor hit “The Tennessee Waltz” – a rock-a-billy version which charted at number 63.  Fuller caught fire in the early 1960’s when he penned a monster hit for Ricky Nelson, “Travelin’ Man” – a song marked for Sam Cooke originally.  The song sold over six million copies for Nelson and Fuller would contribute many more songs to the young singer including “Young World” and “It’s Up to You”.

With Challenge – Fuller would chart four times in 1959 first with “Betty My Angel” (#90) and “Tennessee Waltz” (#63) which got a boost by an appearance on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand; “Shy Away” (#71) and “Guilty of Loving You” (#94) both in 1961.

See a partial listing of other non-Challenge recordings written by Jerry Fuller for other artists at the end of this page.

 

Fuller’s career was very diverse as both record producer (for Columbia) and as a composer contributing songs for many artists including Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Al Wilson, The Knickerbockers, Mark Lindsay and many, many more.

In his later career, Fuller would migrate back to his Texas roots, first hitting with O.C. Smith (“Little Green Apples”) then moving on to compose for Willie Nelson, John Conlee and others.

Jerry Fuller Discography

45 – Lin 5011 – “Blue Memories” b/w “I’ve Found a New Love” – 1958

45 – Lin 5012 – “Teenage Love” b/w “Do You Love Me” (by Jerry and Bill Fuller)

45 – Lin 5015 – “Angel From Above” b/w “A Certain Smile” – 1958

45 – Lin 5016 – “The Door Is Open” b/w “Through Eternity” – 1958

45 – Lin 5019 – “Lipstick and Rouge” b/w “Mother Goose At the Bandstand”

45 – Challenge 59052 – “Betty My Angel” b/w “Memories of You” – #90 Billboard Pop Charts – 1959

45 – Challenge 59057 – “Tennessee Waltz” b/w “Charlene” – #63 Billboard Pop Charts – 1959

45 – Challenge 59068 – “Two Loves Have I” b/w “I Dreamed About My Lover” – 1960

45 – Challenge 59074 – “Above and Beyond” b/w “One Heart” – 1960

45 – Challenge 59085 – “Gone For the Summer” b/w “Anna From Louisiana” – 1960

45 – Challenge 59104 – “Shy Away” b/w “Heavenly”  – #71 Billboard Pop Charts – 1961

45 – Challenge 9114 – “Guilty Of Loving You” b/w “First Love Never Dies” – #94 Billboard Pop Charts – 1961

45 – Challenge 9128 – “The Place Where I Cry” b/w “Poor Little Heart” – 1961

45 – Challenge 9132 – “Wake Up Sleeping Beauty” b/w “Trust Me” – 1962

45 – Challenge 9148 – “Too Many People” b/w “Willingly (I’ll Let You Go)” – 1962

45 – Challenge 9161 – “Why Do They Say Goodbye” b/w “Let Me Be With You” – 1962

45 – Challenge 9184 – “Dear Teresa” b/w “Give My Love to Christy” – 1063

45 – Challenge 59217 – “I Only Came To Dance With You” b/w “The Young Land” – 1963

45 – Challenge 59235 – “Hollywood Star” b/w “Footprints In the Snow” – 1964

45 – Challenge 59252 – “Roses Love Sunshine” b/w “Don’t Let Go” – 1964

45 – Challenge 59269 – “Mi Amore, Mi Vida (The Ballad of Jimmy Vallejo)” b/w “The Killer” – 1964

45 – Challenge 59279 – “I Get Carried Away” b/w “Am I That Easy to Forget” – 1965

45 – Challenge 59307 – “What Happened to Music” b/w “Love Me Like That” – 1965

45 – Challenge 59315 – “The Man In Black” b/w “The Master Plan” – 1965

45 – Challenge 59239 – “Double Life” b/w “Turn to Me” – 1966

45 – Columbia 45131 – “I Know We Can Make It” b/w “Could It Be” – 1970

45 – Columbia 45209 – “If I Had A Mind To” b/w “Go” – 1970

45 – Bell 233 – “Rhyme” (same track both sides promo) – 1972

45 – Bell 295 – “Bookends” (same track both sides promo) – 1972

45 – Bell 349 – “Lazy Susan” (same track both sides promo) – 1973

45 – Bell 433 – “Arianne” b/w “A Stones Throw” – 1974

45 – ABC 12436 – “Salt On the Wound” b/w “No Time” – 1978

45 – MCA 41022 – “Lines” b/w “Over You” – 1979

45 – MCA 41114 – “Don’t Do Anything (I Wouldn’t Do)” (same track both sides promo) – 1979

45 – Alaska – “Alaska Is An Eagle Version 1” b/w “Alaska Is An Eagle Version 2” – 1982

LP – Lin 100 – “Teenage Love” – 1960

LP MCA 3170 – “It’s My Turn Now”

Jerry Fuller Compositions (partial pictorial listing)

 

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