Jerry Brightman

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Jerry Brightman
Born Gerald Warner Brightman
(1953-09-01)September 1, 1953
Akron, Ohio, United States
Died March 9, 2015(2015-03-09) (aged 61)
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States
Occupation Pedal steel guitarist
Known for Guitarist for Buck Owens and The Buckaroos, Hee Haw
Spouse(s) Kathleen Ruch (m. 19852015)
Children 2

Jerry Brightman (September 1, 1953 – March 9, 2015) was an American pedal steel guitarist who played for Buck Owens and The Buckaroos and featured on television's Hee Haw along with performing on many top 10 records with Buck, Susan Raye, Tony Booth, and others.


He was born on September 1, 1953.

Impressing audiences at an early age, he began playing professionally in 1966. After his run with the Buckaroos in 1975, he worked on the business side of the music industry, involved with starting the Jamboree in the Hills country music festival in Wheeling, West Virginia, and serving as general manager of the Saturday Night Jamboree radio program on WWVA from 1977-1982. He was also nominated for a position on the CMA Board of Directors. Jerry left the music business in 1982. In 2002, he returned to music and released his first solo CD Back Again and then a second titled, Back Again, To the Country in 2003 on Slidestation Productions. Major recording artists with Jerry appearing on include: Buck Owens, Susan Raye, Tony Booth, Arlo Guthrie, and David Frizzel. Jerry continues today with a management company for new artists along with concert productions and record producing.

He died in his sleep on March 9, 2015.[1]


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