Remembering Jerry Brown

Remembering Jerry Brown

Longtime wrestler and past CAC attendee Gerald "Jerry" Brown(83) passed away this week from chronic heart issues. He was most famously known for winning tag championships as part of the 70's bleached blonde heel duo, the original Hollywood Blondes managed by CAC honoree, Sir Oliver(Red) Humperdink. His Blondes tag partner, Buddy Roberts was also honored on CAC's stage shortly before his passing from recurring throat cancer several years back.

Jerry debuted in 1968 working undercard for Bob Geigel and Leroy McGuirk's territories at times(as part of The Chain Gang), where he'd return after the Blondes broke up to work as a single with area wrestlers like Scandor Akbar, The Angel and Seigfried Steinke. The following year he began teaming with another CAC attendee in Florida's Dandy Jack Donovan but the duo almost ended their great momentum before they got started, as Jack broke his ankle in 1970. Jerry and booker BIll Watts picked Dale Hey from Gagne's AWA tv to team with Brown. Dale/Buddy was already doing a toned-down Gorgeous George gimmick, and Brown began dying his hair blonde to match, and the pair took off as a "GG tribute duo" as Jerry once put it to me. Goofy sunglasses and flowerly ring robes that they'd take off each other slowly to anger fans. From their first pairing in 1970 to their last in 1977 when Dale "broke up the band" to work in Dallas for Fritz as Johnny Valentines faux brother and protege "Dale Valentine"(John managing in a wheelchair after his plane accident) and of course in the 80's as part of the Fabulous Freebirds globally.

The Blondes(who Brian Pillman and Steve Austin would later pay tribute to in 90's WCW)came to newstand magazine fame first in Montreal's Grand Prix/Vachon territory(dropping the Grand Prix Tag Titles to Ed Carpentier and Bruno Sammartino at the first historic Jarry Park Stadium show there. More career highlights included their two stints for Eddie Graham, in Florida and of course Los Angeles where they were the main act for us from October 1974 on, sometimes even paired with Greg Valentine. In February of 1975, they had a huge L.A. Olympic Auditorium brawl with another dream team pairing in former enemies, Fred Blassie and John Tolos, teaming for the only time as faces, destroying the Blondes in two straight falls. The Blondes toured New Japan too working with Onoki, Sakaguchi and Willem "Judo" Ruska after Sensai Gene Lebell got them their initial gig in Japan. After Jerry retired in 1984, he promoted for a time plus worked as a bartender/bouncer, eschewing the biz. He finally returned in 2009 to be inducted into the Thesz/Tragos HOFame and reunited one last time with Roberts and Red/Hump the next year at Greg Prices' Mid-Atlantic Fanfest. I'll never forget when he first came to L.A>, he wanted legit to see all the Hollywood tourist attractions and was like a kid marking out for Grauman's, the Stars Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip, etc.