By Tami Stevenson
In the May 25, 2022 edition of this paper an article titled, “Full-service recording studio opens in Live Oak – Graffitti Studios,” inadvertently left out a key person in the portion of the article concerning Jerry Guy’s life, Herold White. His life, influence and accomplishments bears noting. The Suwannee Valley Times apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Herold White is a Live Oak native and musician that had songs on the charts during
the 60’s and 70’s.
Jerry Guy joined The Country Masters, Herold White’s band, when he was only 16 years old. After getting permission from Guy’s parents, White took him on the road to California, Nashville, Canada and all points in between, playing at some of the top-notch venues while meeting and performing with many of the stars of country music.
They performed at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas every six weeks and many venues on the west coast for a number of years. They also became the house band at the historic Hermitage Hotel in Nashville for a while. Guy said it was not unusual to have people like Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, Waylan Jennings, Jimmy Walker and others come in and sing with them. Guy wound up playing as a side-man for many of these country music legends in his years ahead.
Herold White and The Country Masters also played at the famous Mayflower in Cheyenne, Wyoming pretty regularly as well. According to kingfm.com, in a Flashback Friday article, the Mayflower was touted as the premier music venue in Wyoming, through the 60’s and mid 70’s. The biggest stars of the era played there. During Cheyenne Frontier Days, the party spilled out into the streets. Thousands of visitors from all over the world would flock to the Mayflower during Frontier Days, the article stated.
When White recorded his first session in 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia, he told the Suwannee Valley Times there was a typo that wound up on the record that said his name was Herold White. They had already sent the record out to radio stations and printed a bunch of them so Herold, whose real name is Gerold, changed his stage name to Herold and it stuck from then on.
White also recorded his most popular song, “Too late To Keep From Loving You,” in 1972, in Bakersfield, California, with the Buck Owens band, the Buckaroos.
According to Guy, while he was with Herold White and the Country Masters, they cut three or more albums in Nashville and he is grateful for his beginnings.
“He was like a father to me, really,” Guy said. “He took me under his wing and gave me my start.”
Read the full story about Graffitti Studios and Jerry Guy, click here.
Jerry Guy, left, with Herold White performing at the famous Mayflower in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in the late 60’s, during a Cheyenne Frontier Days event. -Photo Submitted by Jerry Guy