Gerald Lester Byrd was born in Lima, Ohio, and became one of the most renowned steel guitarists
in the entertainment business, after buying his first instrument by mail order! He soon formed his first
Hawaiian-style band. He performed several gigs in Dayton and Chicago before joining Ernest Tubb in
Jerry organized the Pleasant Boys and did radio broadcasts in Cincinnati until 1951 and recorded his first
Hawaiian album, Shores of Waikiki with four other Hawaiian musicians. Jerry kept one foot in the
country music scene, working with Chet Atkins and served as musical director of the Grand Ole Opry.
The Byrds finally migrated to Hawaii in the late 1960s and immediately joined Danny Kaleikini's show at the
Kahala Hilton [Now Kahala Mandarin]. He also appeared on many Hawaii Calls shows and at Waikiki's
Blue Dolphin nightclub.
Biographical material from Tony Todaro, The Golden Years of Hawaiian Entertainment (Tony Todaro Pub., 1974).