Country and western songstress who enjoyed moderate
success in the mid-70s, charting twelve times on the Billboard country
charts, frequently with cover versions of pop songs. Remakes of Melanie’s “Brand
New Key” and Three Dog Night’s “Old Fashioned Love
Song” both cracked the top ten.
Her self-titled debut LP in 1975 included a remake of “Chapel
Of Love”, which had been released as a single in 1974, and
“I’d Rather Be Picked Up Here (Than Be Put Down At
For a short time, Jeris was
on the everybody-who-is-anybody list, performing
on The Ralph Emery Show on 16th
March 1973 alongside such notables as Merle Haggard, Brenda Lee, and Jerry
Lee Lewis. She was included on
a couple of country and western compilations, Superkicker, on which she
performed “I Can Feel Love”, and an Air Force recruitment LP in
1974 which also featured Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker. Ross (now Jeris Ford) retired in
1983 and decided to become a full-time mommy.
In 1989, she resurrected her career as a member of The
Bop Cats, an oldies band that tours around Oklahoma.
All the Cryin’ in the World (J.D. Loudermilk)