Jerry Merritt and the Crowns
Yakima, Washington
1957 ~ 1968


Jim Barnett ~ Bass
Jack Bergland ~ Piano
Dan Blair ~ Drums
Don Cappa ~ Drums
Steve Catt ~ Bass
Al McLauhlin ~ Piano
Jerry Merritt ~ Guitar
Johnny Zepeda ~ Drums

In Memory of

Jerry Merritt
1933 - 2001

Jerry Merritt - Yakima Armory in 1958 - Photo Courtesy of Liggett Taylor
Jerry Merritt appearing at the Yakima Armory in 1958 in concert with Gene VIncent
It is uncertain which band Jerry appeared with this evening.

I played Drums with the band after the Yakima gig.  We went on tour with Vincent to Bend and  Klameth, OR. and other PNW towns I don't remember.

I played off and on in several Yakima bands before that.  The Chasers and Invaders come to mind. Some of the guys I played with were Jack Parker, Fred Cammer, Joe Smith, Mike Mandel.   There were bands and other guys I played with I don't remember anymore. We played at the Rock-it Club, Terrace Hts. Grange, Yakima Eagles, Knights of Columbus, and many others.

Johnny Zepeda, March 2010

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Last Update: 11 December 2016
Don Rogers, Liggett Taylor, Tina Gillis, Johnny Zepeda
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