Jerry Yester

At the age of 18, Jerry Yester began working the folk clubs of L.A. with his brother Jim, as the Yester Brothers. Jerry went on to record with the New Christy Minstrels and the Modern Folk Quartet, with whom he played hundreds of concerts over the next four years.

"There was an incredible camaraderie among musicians in those days," Jerry remembers. "It seemed like everyone helped everyone else make their records, and in this spirit I played piano on the first Lovin' Spoonful single 'DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?' in 1965.

After the MFQ disbanded the following year, Jerry produced an album by Jim's group The Association, as well as Tim Buckley's debut, "Goodbye and Hello." Then the Spoonful called with an offer to replace guitarist Zal Yanovsky for one album and hundreds of live gigs, including a legendary Ed Sullivan Show appearance.

Back in L.A., Jerry began producing with Yanovsky, including Zally's solo album and Buckley's "Happy Sad." On his own, Jerry produced the Turtles, Aztec Two Step, and Tom Waits' 1973 debut, "Closing Time." In the years that followed, he performed with The Association and the reunited MFQ and did arrangements for Waits, the Manhattan Transfer, and Spanky and Our Gang.

Jerry moved to Hawaii in 1984 where, with Jim on board, the MFQ cut a series of albums and toured widely, including Japan. A sought-after producer, Jerry lives in Harrison, AR. "When I got word that the Spoonful was going to be on the move again, I got one of those rare feelings that the timing was exceptionally good," Jerry says. "So here we are on tour again, and it feels good!"

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