Gerry McGee a 2008 Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductee

Eunice native Gerry McGee, a guitarist with The Ventures, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the band in ceremonies on March 10 in New York City.

Gerry’s career spans 50 years and includes work with Elvis Presley, John Mayall, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, the Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Booker T and many, many others. He is an amazingly talented guitarist and is the son of legendary Cajun musician Dennis McGee. Gerry was featured in a documentary by Pat Mire called “Forever My Love” in which Gerry travels South Louisiana playing with contemporaries and hearing stories about his legendary father. Gerry is a fluent speaker of French, plays accordion beautifully and knows many of his father’s songs. He is an incredibly humble person whose accomplishments and talent are a reflection of his passion for Louisiana. Congratulations!

11 responses

  1. Gerry also played accordion in that wonderful rollerskating dance sequence from Cimino’s sadly under-rated film, Heaven’s Gate. The tune – ‘Heaven’s Gate Waltz’ – is by David Mansfield but sounds like it’s been around for donkey’s years and has already been covered by Irish folk band, Arcady – so I suppose it’s traditional now.

  2. Thanks for that info, Simon. I was unaware. I’m also a fan of David Mansfield’s work many years ago–wasn’t he with T-Bone in the Alpha Band? Appreciate your reading the blog.

  3. Hi
    Gerry has been the best I’ve ever seen or heard since the Thunderbird Lounge in Las Vegas. God bless him.

    Joe Lemon

    1. Hear , Hear
      IS THIS THE SAME JOE LEMON THAT PLAYED WITH PATSY CLINE?

    2. The very same.

      1. Who also lived in NCal in the 70s?

      2. if so. joe how can you be contacted? Contact me via my shop. bycinbyhand on etsy.com. just helped move mom into assisted, looked through lots of photo albums. Hope to hear from you, cin

  4. Jan-Erik Kjeseth | Reply

    Hi! Billy Strange co-wrote the song “Clean up your own backyard”. He was session-leader and arranger when Elvis cut it in 1968. It came out as an A-side single to follow up “In the ghetto”. When I did an interview with Billy in 1985 I asked him who had played the dobro on the cut. Billy couldn`t remember. Just 2 weeks ago I tracked down Gerry McGee, and he was able to confirm that it was in fact him who had played that dobro. As a matter of fact; Billy Strange had requested that he`d bring a dobro to the session!
    May 18th, 2009 Jan-Erik Kjeseth

    1. I appreciate the historical update. Gerry was the subject of my dear friend Pat Mire’s documentary Forever My Love. Check out Pat’s work at http://www.patmire.com. Thanks for visiting.

  5. ONE THAT HAS BEEN UNDER RADAR FOR THE LONGEST TIME, PURE GUITAR PLAYER AND ONE OF THE GREATEST GUITARIST, MANY THANKS FOR THE GOOD MUSIC AND CONGRATULATIONS

  6. WONDERFUL Post.thanks representing share..more drape about ..

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