2015 - Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award
Jerry LeMire was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1944. As a member of a very musical family, he took up learning to play the piano at a very early age. By age 15 he had taken up playing bass guitar and joined his first high school band, the Shadows.
The band was off and running playing sock hops across the Twin Cities using the LeMire family’s 54 Buick to haul gear.
By the age of 18 Jerry was playing across the Twin Cities with Terry & The Pirates, one of the hottest bands on the local scene as well as Soma Recording artists, the Dorados, and the Rick-O-Shays.
Soon Jerry was asked to join the legendary Rosco & His Little Greenmen, one of the biggest rock show groups one has ever seen. He was asked to move to Chicago and join Jimmy Ford and the Executives later to become Mob! Shortly after joining the Executives, he found himself on the road touring nationally with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars shows.
On the 1964 Dick Clark tour one of the bands included the legendary Hondells of “Little Honda” fame. Soon LeMire was asked to move to Los Angeles and become a member of the touring and recording Hondells.
It didn’t take long before Jerry was playing on Shindig, American Bandstand, Where the Action Is and in the movie “Beach Blanket Bingo.”
Between 1964 and 1966 while with the Hondells, Jerry appeared over 20 times at ballrooms spread all across Iowa.
At the end of 1966 following a “Shingdig” TV tour, Jerry left the Hondells and joined the Teddy Neely Five that had a hot LP out on Capitol Records. Teddy went on to worldwide fame playing the role of Christ in “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
1968 Jerry made a career decision and left music to move back to Minnesota and become involved in his family’s food sales business. He stayed with LeMire Sales until he retired in 2003.
Jerry LeMirie is being honored for his musical presence across Iowa with the Greenmen and the Hondells, and his illustrious career with an IRRMA Lifetime Achievement Award. Jerry was also inducted into the Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame.