Jerry Capehart

Jerry Neil Capehart (August 22, 1928 June 7, 1998)[1] was an American songwriter and music manager. Capehart co-wrote the famous rock 'n' roll songs "Summertime Blues" and "C'mon Everybody" with Eddie Cochran, whom he also managed.[1] One of his most-recorded songs, "Turn Around, Look at Me," was a chart hit for Glen Campbell (his first), the Lettermen, and the Vogues. He died in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jerry Capehart
Born(1928-08-22)August 22, 1928
Goodman, Missouri
DiedJune 7, 1998(1998-06-07) (aged 69)
Nashville, Tennessee
GenresRock 'n' roll
Occupation(s)Songwriter, music manager
Associated actsEddie Cochran


Eddie Cochran's 1958 recordings of Capehart compositions reached #8 and #35 respectively on the Billboard Pop charts. Besides managing Cochran, Capehart was manager for actor and impressonist Frank Gorshin and vocalists Rosemary Clooney and Glen Campbell, among others. Other notable songs written by Capehart are "Beautiful Brown Eyes" recorded by Rosemary Clooney which reached #11 on Billboard Pop charts in 1951 and "Turn Around, Look At Me" which was Glen Campbell's first hit single peaking at #15 on Billboard Adult Contemporary charts in 1961. In 1994 country music artist Alan Jackson scored a #1 hit with his recording of "Summertime Blues". Capehart died in Nashville June 7, 1998. He had been in Nashville pitching a new song "Summertime Blues No. 2", to record labels on Music Row. All told Jerry Capehart wrote more than 100 songs during his career.


He died at the age of 69 from brain cancer in Nashville, Tennessee.


  • "Rollin'" b/w "Walkin' Stick Boogie" (CASH 1021, 1956) released as by Jerry Capehart Featuring The Cochran Brothers[2]
  • "I Hates Rabbits b/w "Scratchin'" (Dot 15810, 1958) released as by Jerry Neal[3]
  • "Song Of New Orleans" b/w "The Theme For The Young And The Blue" (Crest 1101, 1962)[3]
  • "Love On The Run" b/w "I Remember Love" (Liberty 55657, 1964) released as by Jerry Berryhill[4]
  • "Lemon Pie" b/w "Midnight In The Afternoon" (Liberty 55825, 1964) released as by Jerry Berryhill[4]


  1. Jerry Capehart obituary, The Independent (London), 18 June 1998 (link)
  2. Eddie Cochran discography at Remember Eddie Cochran
  3. Jerry Capehart discography on Rockin' Country Style
  4. Jerry Capehart discography at 45cat

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