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Jerry Merrick

Jerry Merrick is best known for writing "Follow" which appears on the classic 1967 Richie Havens release "Mixed Bag" (MCA Verve/Folkways). Subsequently, Jerry went on to record an album of original compositions for Mercury Records released in 1969. Teaming up briefly with fellow Mercury artist Kenny Rankin, he appeared on "The Tonight Show," and opened for Flip Wilson in various venues throughout the US. Meanwhile, his song "Guess I'll Pack My Things," had been recorded by Tom Ghent on his self-titled debut for Bill Cosby's Tetragrammaton Records, leading it to become included by B.J. Thomas on his wildly poplular 1970 Scepter release "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head."

Other credits:

"The Stranger" "A Man Must Carry On" - Jerry Jeff Walker (1977) MCA
"Follow" "Jerry Jeff" - Jerry Jeff Walker (1978) Electra
"Follow" "Hope and Desire" - Susan Tedeschi (2005) Verve Forecast

about Follow:
Jerry Jeff Walker: "I had a real fondness for 'Follow,' a Jerry Merrick song he wrote when we all lived in the Village." ("Gypsy Song Man")

Richie Havens: " [Follow] became one of the biggest songs I've ever done." - (liner notes of "Resume: The Best of Richie Havens" -Rhino 1993)

Rolling Stone: " [Follow is a] "Sixties folk epic." (Barry Walters, "Hope and Desire: Review", November 17, 2005)

Movies and TV ("Follow"):
"Coming Home" (1978) with Jane Fonda and Jon Voight (3 Oscars)
"Flying Blind" (1992 TV movie) with Corey Parker, Téa Leoni, Robert Bauer
"The War" (1994) with Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner, Mare Winningham
"The Pallbearer" (1996) with David Schwimmer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Rapaport
"Hideous Kinky" (1998) with Kate Winslet, , Saïd Taghmaoui, Bella Riza
"A Walk on the Moon" (1999) with Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber
"Steal This Movie" (2000) with Vincent D'Onofrio, Janeane Garofalo, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Kevin Pollak