High School rock at Duns for former Elvis bandmates

FORGET Jailhouse Rock, it'll be more like High School Rock for Elvis Presley's former guitarist and his bandmates next weekend.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2010, 3:28 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd June 2010, 3:28 pm

Jerry Scheff spreads his time between Duns, California and Europe and is playing a gig at Berwickshire High School with the TCB Band on Sunday, June 13.

Jerry journeyed to the Borders from America in 2003 and has continued to enjoy a successful music career on both sides of the pond.

A native of San Francisco, Jerry got his start playing in jazz clubs in the Bay Area at the age of 15.

Following a three-year stint as a musician in the U.S. Navy, Jerry joined jazz guitarist Barney Kessel in Los Angeles. After achieving a successful debut as a jazz string bassist, he decided to seek out session work instead in the pop/rock world of Los Angeles.

With his appearance on 'Along Comes Mary', a hit by vocal group The Association, the demand for Jerry's services increased considerably.

In the following years he worked for a host of stars including Nancy Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Dionne Warwick and Barbara Streisand and even The Muppets!

Jerry also played bass parts for The Doors's 'L.A. Woman' album in 1971, leading to his distinctly recognisable contribution to the hit record 'Riders On The Storm'.

About this time, he became a member of Elvis Presley's touring band and can be seen performing in the documentary films Elvis: That's The Way It Is (1970) and Elvis On Tour (1972) as well as the first ever show broadcast via satellite, Aloha From Hawaii (1973).

Though he openly admits to not being an Elvis fan prior to meeting the king, Presley's artistry won him over and he continued to work with Elvis until his death in 1977.

Following the success of the first ever Elvis - The Concert show in August 1997 which saw them reunite after 20 years apart, Jerry and the TCB Band have toured worldwide with their spectacular show, thrilling audiences from Europe to Asia.

And when he's in Berwickshire, Jerry lives with his wife Natalie and stepchildren Annie, Calum and Louis.

He and his fellow TCB members James, Glen and Ron will be taking to the high school stage next Sunday at 3pm with guest vocalist Dennis Jale.

Although pupils from the school won't be involved in the performance itself, fifth year students will help with soundchecks and setting up equipment.

Tickets for the event are selling fast but are still available for 20 or 26 for added 'meet and greet' with the band and canapes.

They are available from [email protected]

The group will also be performing at Duns Castle the night before. There are only two rooms left so get in touch with the castle for further details.