We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many fans of Gerald “Jerry Engler” Englerth who passed away on June 24, 2020 at the age of 84.
Englerth, a Rochester native, was a local Rockabilly sensation who scored a hit record in 1957 with the song “Sputnik” (The Satellite Girl). He once performed at a Rochester War Memorial show that included Buddy Holly & The Crickets, the Everly Brothers, Fats Domino and others. Englerth would go on to build a friendship with Holly and was invited to travel to Clovis, N.M., for a session at Norman Petty’s studio, where Holly made his records. Buddy even played guitar on and produced some of the tracks that Jerry recorded there.