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Jerry Doucette’s Obituary Following his Battle with Cancer

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Jerry Doucette – the guitarist and songwriter known for his Billboard Top 100 song titled Mama Let Him Play – passed away on April 18, 2022. Jerry Doucette’s obituary has not been released at this time.

According to reports, the Canadian classic rock guitarist died Monday at the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta following a battle with cancer at the age of 70.

Jerry Doucette whose full name was Jerry Victor Doucette was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1952. His family moved to Hamilton, Ontario, when he was four. He started playing guitar when he was six.

Jerry Doucette's Obituary at 70

He joined various bands prior to his solo career, starting with The Reefers band, at the age of 11. Doucette migrated to Toronto, Ontario, and played in the final incarnation of Brutus.

In 1972, Jerry moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, and joined the Seeds of Time group, and worked with musician and songwriter Lindsay Mitchell and Rocket Norton, both of whom later joined Prism, and Alexis Radlin.

After the Seeds of Time, the artist joined Rocket Norton in The Rocket Norton Band along with John Hall and Rick Enns. Jerry contributed one song to the group’s first single, titled Donkey Chain.

Doucette subsequently signed a solo recording deal with Mushroom Records. His single, “Mama Let Him Play,” from the first album released in the fall of 1977 and earned platinum status in Canada.

The single was not successful to the same degree in the US, though the single charted in the Billboard Top 100 and his album in the Billboard 200. The recording band for the single and album was composed of Canadian drummer Duris Maxwell on drums, Don Cummings on bass, Brent Shindell on guitar, and Robbie King on keyboards.

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Details of Jerry Doucette’s Obituary at 70

Jerry Doucette’s obituary has not been released by his family but according to reliable sources, the guitarist died following a battle with Cancer at the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta.

Jerry’s song The Douce is Loose, earned gold status (50,000 units sold) in his country and produced the famous single “Nobody” co-written with Maxwell.

Mushroom Records succumbed to financial problems, leaving Jerry to find a new label for his 3rd album, Coming up Roses. Both of his Mushroom Records albums, The Douce Is Loose and Mama Let Him Play, were re-released on compact disc and digital formats for the 1st time through Hamilton, independent record label Linus Entertainment.

Jerry Doucette's Obituary Following his Battle with Cancer

In the song “Mama Let Him Play“, the late artist plays a Gibson EDS-1275 in Alpine White, oftentimes called an “SG Double Neck”. Jerry Doucette is survived by his wife Maggie of 43 years, his five children, and 10 grandchildren.

After the sad news of Jerry Doucette’s death was revealed, his friends and fans quickly flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay tribute to him.

“Saddened to hear of the passing of Vancouver rocker and chart-topper Jerry Doucette. He rode a wave of artists that recorded hit LPs at Mushroom Records studio (his 1st LPs were on Mushroom’s label) following Heart’s Dreamboat Annie and Chilliwack. Will give him a spin today,” Mike Klassen wrote.

“I’m sorry to hear that Jerry Doucette has passed. Tremendously talented musician and Canadian legend. The first time I met him, he shook my soft hand and said “You must be a good guitar player because it doesn’t feel like you’ve worked a day in your life!’.Love to his family,” one fan tweeted.

Another fan wrote on Twitter: “Jerry Doucette’s song ‘Mama let him play’ is one of those seminal songs that while you may not it hear often, you always perk up and go to a happy place when you do. Always a lovely feeling. RIP Jerry Doucette.”

Robin Brownlee wrote: “Sad to hear of the passing of Jerry Doucette at age 70. Best known for his 1977 hit Mama Let Him Play, Doucette was a fixture around Vancouver before that with The Seeds of Time and The Rocket Norton Band. Mercy, he could work that double-neck, Gibson. RIP.”


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