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entertainment industry executive

Jerry Lynn Haymes, entertainment industry executive. Named to Texas Music Hall of Fame; recipient Sun Legends Group Rock-a-Billy Artist award, Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, 1996, Top Ten Record Artist/Musician for Past 45 Years award, Billboard Magazine, 1999.


Haymes, Jerry Lynn was born on August 30, 1940 in Verron, Texas, United States. Son of Arthur L. and Georgia Haymes.


Graduation from Clovis High School led Jerry to attended Abilene Christian University, Southern Methodist University, Midwest University and Kilgore College.


Even before graduating from Clovis High, Jerry was recording at the famed Norman Petty Studios, a foreshadow of his career to come. He also spent time studying at the London Conservatory of Music. This led Haymes to Sun Records where he was an original Sun Legends Musician and Singer (with Roy Orbison).

Over the years he has performed on many chart hits, and although some of his own records charted, the top spot eluded him. Haymes involvement in the music industry has included the following positions: Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Publisher, Radio DJ, and Radio Station owner. He is also a US Army veteran, having served in Europe, and in Vietnam as a warrant officer.

He also spent 30 years as a Southwest Conference umpire and referee. Haymes presently, though semi-retired, still performs and works as a hospital chaplain and with various military veterans groups. He is often a guest speaker at schools and for civic groups.

He serves on the board of directors for several arts and entertainment organizations and museums. As the Texas Division Chaplain for the Sons of Confederate Veterans and also military veterans, he serves just short of 3,000 veterans in the state of Texas and throughout the Southwest. Mr Haymes is the only chaplain who has ever served under 3 different commanders.

In 2011, he will be entering his 6th year in this position, making him the longest serving division chaplain on record. Jerry Haymes served with the US Army in Europe and Southeast Asia (Vietnam). Artists Jerry Haymes has worked for or with:Roy OrbisonGene VincentBuddy KnoxHank SnowCarter FamilyWanda JacksonBonnie TylerRick NelsonMel TorméMahalia JacksonTony Pastor OrchestraThe Oak Ridge BoysBroadway Musical Orchestraw/ Sara Jessica ParkerSongs Haymes is known for:"Party Doll" "It’s A Heart Ache" "Let’s Have A Party" "Smile of a Clown" "If You Catch Me Looking Up" "That’s All" "What Then" "So Fine" "Rose Marie" "Walk Through This World With Me" "Marry Me".


  • Jerry Haymes was named in 2005 as one of Billboard Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award Winners as A Top Ten Recording Session Musician of the past 45 years.


  • Other Work

    • Record promotor It's A Heart Ache, 1978 (Gold Record 1978). Songwriter What Then?, 1956 (Gospel music award 1967), So Fine, 1959 (Triple Gold Record 1981). Drummer Party Doll, 1957 (Gold Record 1957).


Johnny Cash & Tommy Cash.


President Southwest Conference Baseball Umpire Association, Texas, 1993—1998. Advisory Vernon Reg. Junior College Fine Arts Department, since 1997. Member Sons of Confederate Veterinary, American Federal of Musicians, Baseball Umpire Association (president 1992-1998).


  • Other Interests

    Collecting music memorbilia, sports officiating.


Married Brenda Dee, August 1, 1962 (divorced June 1981). Children: Tracy, Darren.

Arthur L.

Georgia Haymes

Brenda Dee

Tracy Haymes

Darren Haymes