Floyd and Jerry

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Siblings Floyd and Jerry Westfall were a kind of garage rock Everly Brothers, enjoying massive success in their native Phoenix but failing to connect with a national audience. Guitarist Floyd and bassist…
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Siblings Floyd and Jerry Westfall were a kind of garage rock Everly Brothers, enjoying massive success in their native Phoenix but failing to connect with a national audience. Guitarist Floyd and bassist Jerry first surfaced as members of the garage combo the Door Nobs, which in 1965 scored a major local hit with the incendiary "Hi-Fi Baby" before dissolving. The Westfalls then went solo, signing to the local Presta label and recruiting local combo the Counterpoints (guitarist Grier Cook, keyboardist Ken Mulholland, and drummer Johnny Guthrie) to record their debut single, 1966's "Believe in Things," a jangly, melodic effort distinguished by the brothers' rich harmonies, the record topped Phoenix station KRIZ's "Boss 50" chart but never earned national distribution. Floyd & Jerry continued the year with two more regional smashes, "Summer Kisses" and "Dusty," and in early 1967 signed to the Los Angeles label Double Shot; however, their debut single "The Airplane Song" was shelved when the Royal Guardsmen's version of the same song cracked the charts, and its replacement, the Beatlesque "Love Me Girl," did not attract any radio notice. After completing the follow-up, "Chik-A, Chik-A (I Think You're Lost)" and wrapping production on the teen exploitation movie Without Getting, the duo's career came to an abrupt halt when Jerry was drafted for military service; Floyd returned to Presta to issue a 1968 solo single, "Worst of Luck." Floyd & Jerry did not return to music until the early '80s, touring the local club circuit and in 1981 issuing a comeback single, "It's So Easy," on their own Westfall label.