Singer Jerry Wallace Dies in California

Funeral services will be held Friday (May 9) in Corona, Calif., for singer Jerry Wallace, who scored a No. 1 country hit in 1972 with “If You Leave Me Tonight I’ll Cry.” Nicknamed “Mr. Smooth” because of his vocal style, he died Monday (May 5) from congestive heart failure at age 79. A native of Guilford, Mo., Wallace enjoyed success in the late ’50s and early ’60s with a string of pop hits including “Primrose Lane” and “In the Misty Moonlight.” Signed to Mercury Records in 1965, he moved to a stronger country sound and charted 35 country singles, including three other Top 10 hits, through 1980 on a variety of labels. The popularity of “If You Leave Me Tonight I’ll Cry” was heightened when it was featured in the soundtrack of Night Gallery, a popular TV show in the ’70s.