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Jerry Knight (born April 14, 1952, Los AngelesCaliforniaUnited States) is an American R&B vocalist and bassist who reached prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Along with Ray Parker Jr., he was a founding member of the group Raydio, singing vocals on their early hit, "Jack and Jill".[1] He then left to pursue a solo career, releasing three solo albums and achieving moderate success with minor hits such as "Overnight Sensation," "Perfect Fit" and "Turn It Out".

In 1983, Knight teamed with session drummer Ollie E. Brown to form Ollie & Jerry. Together, they provided the title track to the soundtrack to the 1984 movie Breakin', which reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. They also recorded the title track for Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, which got up to #45 on the Billboard R&B chart. Although his solo career faded, Knight continued to write and produce for acts such as The WhispersPatrice RushenDeBargeHoward Hewett and Elkie Brooks. Jerry also co-wrote "Crush On You", "Curiosity", and "Private Number" for The Jets!

According to at least one source,[2] Jerry Knight died in 1997. However, this information has not been verified, as no other major source has any information that would indicate his death.

Unfortunately I must confirm that Jerry did indeed die of cancer in 1997! I personally visited and helped him home from the hospital a few days before he passed at Christmas! He was a dear friend! Ray Parker Jr

Solo discography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Albums[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • Jerry Knight (A&M Records, 1980)
    • "Good Times"
    • "Monopoly"
    • "Overnight Sensation"
    • "Sweetest Love"
    • "Joy Ride"
    • "Let Me Be the Reason"
    • "Freek Show"
    • "Now That She's Rockin'"
  • Perfect Fit (A&M Records, 1981)
    • "Easier to Run Away"
    • "Higher"
    • "Perfect Fit"
    • "Play Sista"
    • "Rainbow"
    • "Too Busy"
    • "Turn It Out"
    • "Twilight"
  • Love's On Your Side (A&M Records, 1982)
    • "Beautiful"
    • "Brand New Fool"
    • "Do It All For You"
    • "Do You Really Mean It"
    • "Fire"
    • "I'm Down For That"
    • "Nothing Can Hold Us Back"
    • "She's Got to Be (A Dancer)"

Singles[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Year Title U.S. R&B chart U.S. Pop Chart
1980 "Overnight Sensation" 17 103
1980 "Joy Ride" 87 -
1981 "Perfect Fit" 16 -
1981 "Turn It Out" 65 -
1982 "She's Got to Be (A Dancer)" 71 -

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