Jerry Styner

Jerry Howard Styner (born June 18, 1936) is an American songwriter, musician, and former record producer. He has written scores for or had his compositions featured in over 30 films. Some of the artists he has worked with include Chet Baker for his Blood, Chet and Tears album, Solomon Burke for his We're Almost Home album and many others. For several years he served as a staff minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Palm Desert, California. He lives with his daughter in Guatemala.

Jerry Styner
Jerry Howard Styner

(1936-06-18) June 18, 1936 (age 84)[1]
Other namesRusty Howard
  • Songwriter
  • producer
  • musician


In the late 1950s or early 1960s, Styner went under the name of Rusty Howard and was in the music group called The Rhythm Rangers.[2] Along with Lyricist Guy Hemric (1931-1993), they were a team that were very prolific in writing for films during the 1960s. Many of these films were the B-grade type, including the Beach Party films. The first film that Styner and Hemric wrote for was Beach Party in 1963.[3] Hemric and Styner's songs for the Beach Party films include "It Only Hurts When I Cry" performed in Beach Blanket Bingo by Donna Loren, and released on Loren's 1965 LP of the same name along with seven other compositions by the songwriters. The song has become Loren's signature tune.[4]

He has also scored over 30 films over the years. These include Ski Party (1965), Thunder Alley (1967), The Savage Seven, (1968), The Devil's 8 (1969), The Cycle Savages (1969), The Sidehackers (1969), ...tick...tick...tick... (1970), Corky (1972), Cycle Psycho (1973), Mitchell (1975) and Dixie Dynamite (1976).

In 1970s along with Joe Porter and Kenny Myers, he produced the High Voltage album for singer Nick Anthony.[5] That same year, he produced Chet Baker's Blood, Chet And Tears' album.[6] In 1972, he worked with Solomon Burke and Gene Page, co-producing Burke's 1972 single, "I Can't Stop Loving You".[7]


78 RPMEdit

As Rusty Howard
  • Rusty Howard with The Rhythm Rangers - (1) "Hep Cat Baby", Rusty Howard with The Rhythm Rangers - (2) "Courtin' In The Rain" / Bob Sandy - (1) "This Is The Thanks I Get", Gayle Larson - (2) "You Can't Have My Love" - Tops R244X45-49[8]
  • Bob Sandy - (1) "If You Ain't Lovin'", Rusty Howard The Rhythm Rangers - (2) "I've Been Thinking" / Bob Sandy - (1) "Kisses Don't Lie", Rusty Howard The Rhythm Rangers - (2) "Loose Talk" - Tops R251-49[9]
  • Dick Turley - "Back Street Affair" / Rusty Howard - "Blackberry Boogie" - Tops – 343[10]
  • Rusty Howard with The Rhythm Rangers - "No Help Wanted" / Corky Carpenter with The Rhythm Rangers "The Death Of Hank Williams - Tops 357[11]

45 RPMEdit

As Jerry Styner
  • "In The Middle Of The Night" / "Lonely Little Girl" - Palomar 45-2206 / 45-2206V - (1965)[12]


  • Jerry Styner And Michael Lloyd – The Devil's 8 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Tower – ST-5160 - (1969)[13]
  • Jerry Styner and Larry BrownOrbit III - Beverly Hills – BHS 38 - (1971)[14]
  • Great Balls of Fire (Mae West album)- (1972)-(recorded in 1968)-UK MGM:2315207.(The words on the lp's reverse, say: "Strings and horns arranged by Jerry Styner. Engineered by Jerry Styner. Mastered at MGM Recording Studios, Val Valentin in charge".The Mike Curb Congregation supplied the Vocal Accompaniment.


  1. ^ Music Brainz Jerry Styner
  2. '^ Rockin Country Style Howard, Rusty
  3. ^ Classic Film and TV Café Thursday, May 5, 2011 Composers of the Month: Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
  4. ^ Adam Gerace (2005-12-26). "Gerace, A 2004, ''Somewhere down the road: An interview with Donna Loren'' (Archived)". Archived from the original on 2005-12-26. Retrieved 2010-12-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Discogs Nick Anthony (3) – High Voltage
  6. ^ Discogs Chet Baker – Blood, Chet And Tears
  7. ^ Billboard November 25, 1972 Page 57, Radio Action And Pick Singles, Soul, Also Recommended
  8. '^ Rockin Country Style Howard, Rusty
  9. ^ 454 Worlds Catalogue: R251-49
  10. ^ Discogs Dick Turley / Rusty Howard – Back Street Affair / Blackberry Boogie
  11. '^ Rockin Country Style Howard, Rusty
  12. ^ 45Cat Catalogue: 45-2206 / 45-2206V
  13. ^ Discogs Jerry Styner And Michael Lloyd – The Devil's 8 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  14. ^ Discogs Jerry Styner And Larry Brown – Orbit III