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Jeremiah Griffin Harrison (born February 21, 1949) is an American songwriter, musician, producer, and entrepreneur. He achieved fame as the keyboardist and guitarist for the New Wave band Talking Heads and as an original member of The Modern Lovers.[1] In 2002, Harrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Talking Heads.[2]

Jerry Harrison
Harrison in 2010
Background information
Birth nameJeremiah Griffin Harrison
Born (1949-02-21) February 21, 1949 (age 69)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
GenresNew wave, indie pop, rock and roll, art rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, guitar
Years active1971–present
LabelsEMI, Sire/Warner Bros. Records
Associated actsTalking Heads
The Modern Lovers



Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Harrison played with Jonathan Richman in The Modern Lovers when he was an architecture student at Harvard University.[3] Harrison was introduced to Richman by mutual friend and journalist Danny Fields and the pair bonded over their shared love of the Velvet Underground. He joined The Modern Lovers in early 1971, playing on their debut album in 1972 (not released until 1976), and left in February 1974 when Richman wished to perform his songs more quietly.

Harrison joined Talking Heads in 1977, after the release of their debut single "Love → Building on Fire".

Harrison's solo albums include The Red and the Black, Casual Gods, and Walk on Water.

After the 1991 breakup of Talking Heads, Harrison turned to producing and worked on successful albums by bands including Hockey, Violent Femmes, The BoDeans, The Von Bondies, General Public, Live, Crash Test Dummies, The Verve Pipe, Rusted Root, Stroke 9, The Bogmen, Black 47, The Mayfield Four, Of A Revolution, No Doubt, Josh Joplin, The Black and White Years, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bamboo Shoots, the String Cheese Incident and The Gracious Few. He also is Chairman of the Board for ("an internet music resource he co-founded in 1999").[4]

Film workEdit

Harrison, as a member of Talking Heads, is featured throughout the 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, directed by Jonathan Demme. Also during the Talking Heads era, Harrison made cameo appearances as Billy Idol and Prince look-alike lip-synchers in David Byrne's 1986 film True Stories. Harrison also had a small part in the 2006 film The Darwin Awards as "Guy in Bar No. 1" alongside John Doe of the band X.[citation needed]


Talking HeadsEdit

Solo albumsEdit

1981 The Red and the Black - - - - - -
1988 Casual Gods 78 18 4 17 31 10
1990 Walk on Water 188 - - - - -


Year Title US Main. US Modern AUS NZ GER UK
1984 Five Minutes - - - - - -
1987 Rev It Up 7 - 3 6 45 90
1987 Man with a Gun - - 17 15 - -
1988 Cherokee Chief - - 92 - - -
1990 Flying Under Radar - 13 98 - - -



  1. ^ Bush, John. "Biography – Jerry Harrison". Allmusic. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  2. ^ "Talking Heads". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  3. ^ Malcolm Jack (journalist) (21 September 2016). "The Guardian - Talking Heads – 10 of the best". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  4. ^ Jerry Harrison bio

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