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Jerry Ricks

g, voc, acg, 1940-2007 US, Philadelphia
Singer / Musician of Blues and Jazz
A.k.a. Gerald Lawrence Ricks

Gerald Lawrence "Jerry" Ricks, often billed as "Philadelphia" Jerry Ricks, was an American country blues guitarist and singer. Born on May 22, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and died on December 10, 2007, in a hospital in Rijeka, Croatia. He was playing trumpet as a child. He started playing guitar in local coffee shops in the late 1950s. He worked as a booking manager for the Second Fret Coffee House in Philadelphia from 1960-1966, coming into contact with many key figures in the blues revival, including Son House, Lightnin' Hopkins, Libba Cotten, Jesse Fuller, Mance Lipscomb, and Lonnie Johnson. He recorded with Mississippi John Hurt in 1964. In 1969, Ricks toured with Buddy Guy on a State Department-sponsored East African tour. After returning to the U.S. briefly to do field work in Arkansas for the Smithsonian Institution, he moved to Europe in 1971. He lived in Europe for most of the 1970s and 1980s, only returning to the US in 1972 and 1973, when he recorded with Hall & Oates on Whole Oats and Abandoned Luncheonette. In Germany, he recorded several albums with Oscar Klein, and in Italy recorded with Giulio Camarca. His first solo album, in 1984, was recorded in Zagreb, at that time in Yugoslavia, and he also recorded albums in Hungary, Austria and Switzerland. He returned to live in the United States in the early 1990s. His first American releases did not arrive until 1998, when Rooster Blues released his Deep in the Well. The album was nominated for three W.C. Handy Awards. Many Miles of Blues followed on the same label in 2000. In 2007 Ricks and his wife moved to Kastav, Croatia. He suffered a stroke that year, and a benefit concert featuring Shemekia Copeland and David Bromberg was held in the US to help pay his medical bills. The biggest blues festival in Croatia, Kastav Blues Festival, is established in honour of 'Philadelphia' Jerry Ricks. It's being held from 2008 and is still ongoing. Every year in the first week of August, eminent names of national, european and global blues scene come to Kastav, Croatia to honour Jerry's inheritance.

        
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • Vocals
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Backing Vocals
Genres
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Folk
  • World
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
Struttin' Down Canal Street on Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks by Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks
Pistol Slappin' Mama on Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks by Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks
Stack O'Lee on Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks by Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks
Tommy Ladnier on Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks by Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks
China Blues on Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks by Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks
Rampart Street Blues on Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks by Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks
20 To 11 on Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks by Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks
Mezzerola on Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks by Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man on Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks by Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks
Aint' She Sweet on Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks by Oscar Klein & Jerry Ricks

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Band Members
Discography


Title Artist Year Type
Many Miles Of BluesJerry Ricks2000Album
Deep In The WellJerry Ricks1997Album
True BluesJerry Ricks1991Album
Empty Bottle BluesJerry Ricks1987Album
Blues PanoramaOscar Klein & Jerry Ricks1987Album
Help Me BluesJerry Ricks1984Album
Been There BeforeJerry Ricks With Giulio Camarca1983Album
Jazz RootsJerry Ricks & Oscar Klein1980Album
Low Light BluesJerry Ricks & Oscar Klein1980Album
Blues '80Jerry Ricks & Oscar Klein1979Album
Two Guitars One SoulJerry Ricks & Oscar Klein1977Album
Guitar Boogie WoogieJerry Ricks Und Oscar KleinAlbum
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