LISA & STEVE CLARK
Jerry Sikorski was already playing the guitar by the time he was six years old. By the time he was a teenager, he was working with Ray Campi and recording with Rockin' Ronny Weiser at Rollin' Rock Records. Jerry was known for doing back flips off the stage (with guitar in hand) into the crowd, which earned him the nickname Jumpin' Jerry.
Ray Campi and his Rockabilly Rebels - which at this point included Ray, Jerry, Steve, Colin Winski (rhythm guitar/vocals), and Kevin Fennell (second lead guitar) - toured with acts including Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Bo Diddley and George Thorogood and The Destroyers throughout the U.S. and Great Britain.
The band has been featured in two major rockabilly documentaries: "Blue Suede Shoes" (along with Gene Vincent, Bill Haley and Eddie Cochran) and more recently, "Rebel Beat - The Story of LA Rockabilly."
After Ray Campi, the band reorganized as The Rebels and toured with The Clash, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Dead Kennedys, The Cramps, and X. The Rebels also provided backup for Chuck E. ('s in Love) Weiss on various projects produced by Dr. John, Tom Waits and Ricky Lee Jones. The Rebels backed Colin Winski on his solo debut album "Rock Therapy" and can also be heard in the soundtrack of the 1982 Joan Collins' movie, "Homework."
Jerry was the founding member of American Patrol and in 1980, the band recorded their first LP, "The Prowler". The band went on hiatus after a couple of years and in 1982, Jerry joined Jimmy and The Mustangs playing with the great Pat Woodward on bass, drummer Charlie Quintana of the Plugz, and Jimmy "Silvers" Haddock on vocals. They released the LP, "Hey Little Girl" on the Vanity label. Jimmy and The Mustangs appeared in the TV sitcom, "Square Pegs", which featured Jerry's song "Pretty Baby". American Patrol regrouped in 1984 including sax player, Spyder Mittleman, and released the well-received LP "Backseat Boogie."
Jerry's career has persevered over time. He has shared the stage with many great players including Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Meeks, Candye Kane, James Intveld, Joe Ely, Robert Gordon, and Sleepy La Beef.
Today Jerry resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Ping. His most recent endeavor, Jerry Sikorski Combo (with another ex-Rockabilly Rebel, Steve Clark on drums, and his wife, Lisa Clark on bass) are currently working on their first CD to be released by the end of 2007. Please visit: www.jerrysikorski.com for more information on the band.
1977 Ray Campi Born To Rock (Rollin' Rock)
1978 Ray Campi Wildcat Shakeout (Radar/Rollin' Rock)
1980 V/A Teenage Cruisers soundtrack (Rhino/Rollin' Rock)
includes Sikorski's "Backseat Boogie"
1980 Colin Winski Rock Therapy (Takoma)
1980 American Patrol Prowler (Short Wave)
1982 Jimmy and the Mustangs Hey Little Girl (Vanity)
1983 V/A L.A. Rockabilly (Rhino) includes non-LP American Patrol track "She's Got It"
1984 American Patrol Backseat Boogie (Vanity)
2000 V/A Teenage Cruisers (Rhino/Rollin' Rock) same as 1980 LP version
Thanks to David (DC) Larson for providing some of this previously published information.
Additional photo credits: Jenny Lens (Indigo Ranch group shot)
A few videos from Jerry's show in Hollywood, CA at Safari Sam's, Oct., 2007
Posted June, 2007