February 26, 1955 to December 30, 2017
Jerry was born Gerald Adrian Woolsey in Lacombe, AB to Hub and Verna Woolsey. He very much enjoyed growing up in small-town Alberta and always did a back-alley tour of his boyhood haunts when visiting his parents and brothers.
He showed early talent as a singer and his parents encouraged him in his love, allowing him to leave school in 1972 to join the band, Tacoy Ryde as their lead singer. The group lived and worked in Regina and Saskatoon for a few months before moving to Edmonton, their permanent base. Their first recording, a reggae project, was never released. Their second, with the band renamed JATO, was produced to appeal to the pop market. Two videos and several songs garnered airplay on radio and Much Music before the band re-formed as Tacoy Ryde.
Jerry left his band brothers in 1988 to work full-time as a recording engineer. He'd started out at Bumstead Records, then worked with Goede Creative, Sound Shadow Studios and Beta Sound Recorders for several years before freelancing with Mike Lent's 10th Street Studio, Blue Diamond Music, DanLyn Studios, Magic Music and more.
In 1993, Jerry returned to the stage, getting together with talented friends Percy Marshall, Stan Konig, Mike Yuzwenko and Lyle McLennan. They enjoyed playing together for two years as the band, Jerryatrix.
Jerry worked for over 45 years as a performing musician, session singer, engineer, producer and technician. He was a versatile vocalist in several styles, and years of playing flute, saxophone, acoustic guitar, Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, timbales and drums equipped him well for recording. Known as one of the best and most patient of team players, Jerry was also a perfectionist, ensuring that every project was done to the highest quality and on time. He had extensive experience in engineering, editing, mixing and mastering for CD production, sound cutting, broadcast advertising and film.
He recorded albums with over 200 clients including Tommy Banks and PJ Perry, Long John Baldry, Cindy Church, Maria Dunn, Valdi and Gary Fjellgaard, Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne, Dave Babcock, The Plain Janes, Duke Robillard, Jay McShann, Jack Semple, Marshall Tully, Steve Pineo, Stewart MacDougall, Doug Cox, Dan Sinasac, The McDades, Brad Bayley, Laura Vinson and Free Spirit, Kelly Alanna, Crystal Plamondon, Vernon Thomson and Suzi Ragsdale, Stony Plain Records, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and so many more. Over the years, his work garnered clients countless nominations and awards including three Junos.
Jerry also worked in film post-production sound for years with clients including the National Film Board of Canada, LucasArts Entertainment, Northstar Entertainment, Karvonen Films, People and Peaks Productions, Alliance Entertainment, Frame 30, Great North, Kicking Horse, and other companies.
Film and video productions have included Maria Dunn's GWG Piece by Piece, Strangers in the House, Long Road Home, Wildie, Mountain Men, Mountain Mustang, Ancestors Calling, Women of Willmore Wilderness, Bye Bye Blues, Due South, The Diviners, The X Files, Jake and the Kid, Kung Fu - The Legend Continues, Lonesome Dove, Gang Aftermath, Alberta, A Centennial Forest History, Medicine River, Moccasin Flats, Blue Quills Acimowin, North of 60, Ordeal in the Arctic, The Outer Limits, Pigeons and Doves, and many more.
Jerry could set-up, install and fix anything. He worked with Linsey Umrysh and Roland Paradis at Linsey's Edmonton Audio Works repairing gear and working on installations, and in more recent years, as a wireman, senior technical installer for Roland's Showtech Electronics, installing sound systems for CBC, CTV, Global Television and the Alberta Legislature. He was always willing to share his skills and mentored many young recording engineers.
Jerry was a kind and loving husband and father. He is greatly missed by wife Dawn, daughter Adrianne (Scott), grand-daughter Selina, sister-in-law Laurie Nickerson and nephew Bryce, the Livingston and Wieczorek families and the many Woolsey families who have been so warm and welcoming throughout the years. He is survived by older siblings, Trevor (Fern) and Brian Woolsey and their families.
Jerry died on December 30, 2017 at the University of Alberta Hospital after a courageous and hard-fought two-year battle with cancer.
MUSIC VIDEOS (YouTube)
Lake of Fire (Jato)
She's Got (Jato)
Rosalita (live/Tacoy Ryde)
Breaking Down (Jato)
Diamond Princess (Jato)
Coming Home (Jato)
Give My Love (Jato)
Standing Alone (Jato)
Now That We Found Love (Tacoy Ryde)
Could You Be Loved (Tacoy Ryde)
Far Away (Tacoy Ryde)
I Know You Rider (Tacoy Ryde)
Jamaica's On Fire (Tacoy Ryde)
Opportunity Knocks (Tacoy Ryde)
People Liberty (Tacoy Ryde)
(this list is not complete)
100 Mile House
Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire
Audrey Ochoa Trio
Big Rock Pipe Band
Billy Joe Green
Blind Dog Blues Band
Colleen & Shari Lazoruk
Curtis and Bonnie Szakacs
Dave Babcock and his Jump Orchestra
Dave Babcock and the Nightkeepers
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Edmonton's Women of Song
Jay McShann with Duke Robillard and Maria Muldaur
Jerusalem Ridge & Leroy Mack
Judy Sproule/Only Believe
Kanny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Laura Vinson & Dave Martineau
Laura Vinson & Free Spirit
Long John Baldry
Maple Creek Bluegrass
Maple Creek and Emory Lester
Pats & Jan
Paula Perro and the Project
Ranger Creek Wranglers
Red Moon Road
Rita McDade & the Fusion Blues Band
Rock & Flower
Saturday Night Blues
Sillan & Young
Stony Plain Records
The Blush Girls
The Plain Janes
The Rockin' Highliners
The Splendour Bog
Tommy Banks and PJ Perry
Women of Song:
(Rita McDade, Dale Ladouceur, Lynn Chwyl, Sophie Hunter, Angela Mackenzie)
Word of Life
Wye School Choir
Jerry Woolsey's Memorial was held on Saturday, September 15, 2018
2:30 pm Westmount Community Hall at 10970 - 127 Street Edmonton
Prelude music by Christine Hanson with Lionel Rault
Hosts: Dan & Connie Sinasac
Speakers: Dennis Meneely, Brian Woolsey, Dave Martineau & Laura Vinson, Laurie Nickerson
Music: Maria Dunn with Shannon Johnson & Jeremiah McDade
The memorial was followed by a jam hosted by Dennis Meneely at
Cosmos Greek Kitchen & Passport Lounge at 10810 - 124 Street