Kenny Jeremiah, a really expensive good friend was taken this morning by COVID-19. He fought so courageously and valiantly over the previous three weeks.
He fervently wished to dwell, as a result of he nonetheless had a lot to provide and he has been taken from all of us method too quickly.
Kenny was an honest, honorable, philanthropic, loyal and trusted good friend … who was endlessly younger.
Professionally, Kenny needs to be one of many solely musical performers in Atlantic County New Jersey historical past to have a Billboard High 100, # 1 hit … “Expressway To Your Coronary heart.”
Right here is a superb description of Kenny’s skilled profession as taken immediately from his Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia biography.
Kenny Jeremiah has gained worldwide fame over 4 many years in the past as a member of the award successful Blue Eye Soul group from the Metropolis of Brotherly Love, The Soul Survivors. Their multi-million promoting hits “Expressway To Your Coronary heart” and “Explosion” are nonetheless in heavy rotation on oldies stations world wide!
A Kenny Truth: “Expressway To Your Coronary heart” was written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff……..and was their first gold report!!
Kenny additionally toured with the favored Shirley & Firm again within the 80’s throughout the time when their hit “Disgrace Disgrace Disgrace” was primary on the charts!! Immediately, Kenny nonetheless performs to followers previous & new, totally on the Jersey Shore circuit, with 2 multi-talented cowl opinions, Impulse and Jeremiah-Hunter!! So…if you have not skilled not less than considered one of Kennys performances by the years, then take the Expressway like an Explosion or Disgrace Disgrace Disgrace on you…… !
Sizzling entertaining dance, showmanship and vocal excellence describes the incomparable membership, on line casino and recording artist, “Kenny Jeremiah.” His performances seize the power of a manufacturing present with the ambiance of a offered out rock live performance. His fashion and flexibility ranges from low-key requirements to outrageous dance music, all the time with the persona, humor and wit which leaves the viewers begging for extra. The broad repertoire of Ken Jeremiah is chosen from viewers favorites, all which function his personal particular charisma. When coping with Ken Jeremiah, you’ll encounter a First-Class skilled entertainer who does his utmost to please his viewers.
From 1964 to 1969, Kenny was a lead singer of recording artist, The Soul Survivors, receiving a Gold Report for his or her hit “Expressway to Your Coronary heart.” Adopted by a second hit, “Explosion in My Soul.” With the Soul Survivors, he carried out together with Massive Brother and the Holding firm, Janice Joplin, Eric Clapton, Cream, Canned Hear, Richie Havens and Strawberry Alarm Clock. He toured with the Seashore Boys, Buffalo Springfield, Flip Wilson, the Contours and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. He co-starred with Creedence Clearwater Revival and was on the Joey Bishop Present, Johnny Carson, the Hollywood Palladium, Hullabaloo and American Bandstand.
Within the seventies, he grew to become a lead singer for “Shirley & Firm,” and obtained a Gold Report for his or her hit, “Disgrace, Disgrace, Disgrace.” He toured extensively in Europe and represented america on the 1975 Worldwide Music Pageant in Venice, Italy. Then he grew to become a lead singer of “Full Home,” one of the well-known and standard bands within the Tri-State space. He was the home band for the Selection Membership Telethon for 5 years on Channel 6, WPVI.
Kenny carried out, (freed from cost, course) yearly at our “Hurley within the Morning” Charity occasions.
Many occasions, Kenny would move on a paid gig to work our charity occasions at no cost.
Kenny’s final award was outlined only a few weeks in the past within the November subject of the Philadelphia Row House Journal.
Kenny Jeremiah was nominated By Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff again in 2019, when he obtained PRHM’s Blue Sapphire Award 2020 for Lifetime Musical Achievement.
Sadly, The award’s dinner & official presentation scheduled for this previous November 4th 2020 was postponed till 2021 due to COVID-19. The 2020 & 2021 recipients will rejoice on the award’s pink carpet occasion collectively subsequent 12 months.
Unimaginably, Kenny will now obtain this excessive honor posthumously, which I nonetheless can’t course of.
I need to ship my deepest condolences to Kenny’s Brother Al Jeremiah. They have been so shut in life and Al did all the things humanly attainable for Kenny over the previous 3 weeks.
The identical holds true for Kenny’s life companion of many many years, Patricia DeSordo.
My twin Brother Don is shattered by the passing of Kenny. I’m going to hunt a remark from Don and add it to this text ASAP.
Please keep near those you’re keen on. Maintain on to them as tight as you may. Life has by no means been extra fragile than it’s proper now.
Three weeks in the past, Kenny Jeremiah was wholesome and had the power of an adolescent.
This morning, he touched the face of God.
I’m going to overlook Kenny greater than phrases can say.
Listed below are a number of extra pictures, which correctly seize the essence of Kenny Jeremiah.
KENNY JEREMIAH & BOBBY RYDELL
KENNY & AL JEREMIAH