Parnassus Books is delighted to welcome Bill DeYoung as he reads from and signs Phil Gernhard, Record Man.
Phil Gernhard was one of the most respected record men in Music City. As Senior VP of Artists and Repertoure for Curb Records, he molded and introduced Tim McGraw, Rodney Atkins, Jo Dee Messina and countless others to the charts.
Now, 10 years after his tragic death at age 67, a new biography charts Gernhard’s unprecedented career, as the 19-year-old producer of the doo-wop classic “Stay” by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, the co-writer and producer of the Royal Guardsmen’s “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” (America’s fastest-selling single of 1966), and the man who discovered and produced Lobo (“Me and You and a Dog Named Boo”), Jim Stafford (“Spiders and Snakes”) and the Bellamy Brothers (“Let Your Love Flow”).
Phil Gernhard, Record Man is the story of an ambitious young Floridian who worshipped Elvis, couldn’t sing or play a lick, but was determined to make a place for himself in the music business. In Tampa, Los Angeles and Nashville, Phil Gernhard was a legend. A canny (some say ruthless) businessman, he was feared in some corners, and reviled in others. Gernhard also battled physical and emotional demons that he simply couldn’t overcome, struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction, and an emotionally strained relationship with his overbearing father. He filed for his fourth divorce just months before taking his own life in 2008. Through interviews with Gernhard’s artists, business partners, family members, and ex-wives, Bill DeYoung offers an intimate portrait of a man who channeled his considerable talent, ego, and ambition into the success of others.
Bill DeYoung is the author of Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down. Nationally recognized for his music journalism, he was a writer and editor at various Florida and Georgia newspapers for over three decades. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.