We lost our dear brother, our friend Jerry Mangalos on March 21, 2008.
Jerry was born on November 26, 1950 in Poland. The family eventually made Montreal, Canada their home, where parents Suzanna and Elias raised their three wonderful boys, Richard, Jerry and Bobby.
Jerry’s adventuresome spirit and love of music called him out to Los Angeles, where he created a great life, doing what he loved and building enduring friendships. Jerry started his music career with Casablanca records. In 1979 he moved to Boardwalk and then Arista, his music home for 19 years.
Over the years he worked with such artists as: KISS, The Village People, Donna Summer, Joan Jett, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Milli Vanilli, The Grateful Dead, Air Supply, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Ace Of Base, The Thompson Twins, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, to name a few.
The Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip, a place where Jerry frequented so very often over a span of 30 plus years would soon employ Jerry to host & night manage on the weekends. He absolutely loved it there and everyone loved him. This was home away from home and he was family. And in the minds and hearts of so many, Jerry was a big piece of Hollywoods Rock & Roll history.
Through his work and by just being Jerry, he made so many friends, he made a difference in so many lives.
Jerry was a colorful soul — and it wasn’t just in the red boots he wore — he was a full spectrum of the rainbow, kind, caring, witty, creative, down-to-earth, eccentric and very real.
He will be missed dearly! He is survived by his brother Bobby, cousins Stephanie, Olga and Aunt Mary. The family is honored to know how much Jerry was loved and we thank everyone for sharing their memories and love for Jerry.