Jerry Foster

 

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Jerry foster is perhaps best known as one half of the songwriting team of Foster and Rice, the most awarded songwriting team in the history of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Jerry and his writing partner, Bill Rice, along with Buddy Holly, Bobby Russell and Richard Leigh, were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame in 1994.

In 2007, Foster was inducted into the North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame, but his musical career began years before the Hall of Fame Inductions.

While still serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, Jerry began his television career with a thirty minute country music show on WSAV-TV in Savannah, GA.

Upon his honorable discharge from the Marines, he began his recording career with the Houston, Texas based Backbeat Record Company, moved back to his home state of Missouri and made his early base of operations there, where he pursued not only a recording career, but also a career in radio and television.

 

 

Barbara Potter Photography

It was during this time that Jerry met his writing partner, Bill Rice, while both were featured performers in a show at a theater in Popular Bluff, Missouri. This was the beginning of a songwriting partnership that lasted for eighteen years and landed them a NSAI Hall of Fame induction.

Foster continued his career in television with his own thirty minute country music show on KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where his show garnered a number one rating for his time slot. The songwriting team of Foster and Rice was signed to a publishing contract by Jack Clement and Bill Hall and shortly thereafter they moved to Nashville, TN, where they became known as “The Song Factory” for their incredible string of hits.

During this period of time Jerry recorded for a number of Record Companies which included Mercury, Metromedia, Sun, Motown’s Hitsville label, Monument and Cinnamon. Foster recorded an album which featured the surviving members of the original Elvis Presley Band as well as the original Jordanaires.

A single from that album became a number one record in Europe, as well as a result of the popularity of that record, Jerry toured the European Continent with Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Marty Robbins, don Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Jeannie C. Riley and others.

Jerry has been featured in a number of Country Music Videos including the Grammy nominated video “Moments” starring Emmerson Drive, a speaking role in the “Temporary Home” video with Carrie Underwood” as the preacher who baptized Stephen Baldwin in the Trace Adkins “Muddy Water” video.

Foster has also appeared in fifteen feature films as well as numerous guest appearances on major televison shows.

The RETROFITS is the name of the classic, and exciting band that Hall of Fame Songwriter Jerry Foster has assembled to record and travel with him. This versatile group of musicians consists of four of the most professional group of players in the country, and all are excellent vocalists as well.

For twenty eight years Kent Goodson was the band leader and keyboard player for George Jones and he now occupies that same position with the RetroFits’. In addition to the exciting piano riffs akin to the Jerry Lee Lewis sound, Kent sings several of the Killer’s many hits, as well as some sentimental ballads and country classics.

For seven years Joe Reed was the bass player for Merle Haggard. He brings his expertise with the bass to the RetorFit Band. As well some great vocals. Joe’s vocal selections range from country classics to light jazz and some pop standards.

Ricky Randolph’s rhythmic drum sounds can still be heard on some great R & B Recordings that came from the world famous Fame Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Ricky has worked as the staff drummer on tours with Michael McDonald, Percy Sledge and Gregg Allman. Not only is he a talented songwriter, but he is also an exceptional vocalist singing songs made popular by the Eagles, Johnny Mathis and many major Rhythm and Blues favorites.

Steve McComb is the RetroFit’s Guitarist. When he plays you might mistake him for a Memphis Rockabilly native, but he actually hails from Flint, Michigan. Steve moved to Nashville, TN., in 1992 where he became a recording session guitar player and record producer. His touring background is very impressive as well. Some of the major stars that he worked with included The Diamonds, The Drifters, The Crystals, and the Fifth Dimension. And oh yes, He sings too!

This is NOT just another band…..This is the RetroFits…The most versatile touring band in the Country!

 
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