Sunday, June 26, 2016

Passings: Jerome Teasley, Drummer For Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Motown (1948 - 2016)

by VVN Music

Jerome Teasley, a drummer who was a member of Jr. Walker & the All Stars and worked extensively in the studio, died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, AZ after battling stage four cancer in his lungs and liver. He was 67.

Teasley joined Jr. Walker's band in the late 60's, starting with the Home Cookin' album which contained probably his best known song, What Does It Take (To Win Your Love). While he later left the band, he regularly returned with some sources noting him playing at some of the band's shows as late as 2004.

Jerome played drums on the Al Green's debut album Back Up Train (1967) along with doing sessions or live performing with the likes of Wilson Pickett, Ike and Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix and Sonny Stitt. He also played in blues singer Janiva Magness' band the Mojomatics.

In the 80's, Teasley settled in Phoenix where he was a regular a number of nightspots.


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