91 And Going Strong

Jerrie Thill

I hope that when I’m 91 I still have the energy Jerrie Thill has.  Jerrie was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1917 and has been in the music business since she was 18.  For the past two dozen years, Jerrie has been performing every Sunday afternoon at Hollywood’s El Cid restaurant.

I found out about Jerrie from Allee Willis who wrote to me earlier this week to tell me about Jerrie.  While you may not recognize Allee’s name, you’ll certainly know many of the songs she’s written:  “September” and “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind & Fire; “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts which was the theme from the TV show Friends; “Neutron Dance” by the Pointer Sisters, and so many more.

Jerrie and Allee teamed up to put together a catchy song and video called “Hey Jerrie” that I think you’ll enjoy.

Hey Jerrie

To your happiness!

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  1. Jessica

    February 7, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    That was sweet. I feel happier just seeing all the photos of Jerrie as she matured in the music industry.

  2. elsy bauer

    February 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Great post – thank u for sharing it. http://Www.2go.travel

  3. Tim McLaughlin

    February 7, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks, Jessica. I love those photos too. My favorite is the one where she’s playing the drums at her mother’s 100th birthday party!

  4. Bart gatsby

    February 7, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    LOL! She’s one of the coolest grandma.

  5. Tim McLaughlin

    February 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    You’re right, Bart

  6. Marnie

    February 7, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I think the animation of the pictures makes it even more interesting. I wish we could all find something we enjoying doing for so long.
    : )

  7. Tim McLaughlin

    February 7, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks, Marnie. That animation is fun to watch, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Tim McLaughlin

    February 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Elsy, thanks for stopping by

  9. Ram Bansal

    February 8, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    It is a feast to eyes to know and see the musician. This confirms my view of life that only our deeds can make us happy and healthy. Thanks for picking up the information and sharing with me and all others.

  10. Ron Centeno

    February 9, 2009 at 5:30 am

    That was heart-warming.

  11. Tim McLaughlin

    February 9, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Ram, you’re right, it’s a matter living life to the fullest!

  12. Tim McLaughlin

    February 9, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Ron, it is wonderful to see someone still so full of life at 91

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