1972 George Gerdes – Obituary

Obituary is the first solo album by George Gerdes, released in 1972 on United Artists.

George Gerdes (February 23, 1948 – January 1, 2021) was an American singer-songwriter and character actor. In the early 1970s, he recorded two albums, Obituary and Son of Obituary, for United Artists Records. His songs were praised by Joni Mitchell and Terre Roche, among others. His second album was produced by Nik Venet and featured session musicians including Charlie McCoy and Kenny Buttrey.


1  Peas Porridge Hot (George Gerdes) 05:00
2  Sweet Janie (George Gerdes) 04:46
3  Real As Rain (George Gerdes) 05:31
4  Lap Of Luxury (Grungie O’Muck) 03:54
5  Backyard Of Your Heart (George Gerdes) 06:07
6  Song Of The Hero’s Heroine (George Gerdes) 03:37
7  Tequila Blue (George Gerdes) 02:48
8  Time Will Let You In (Alan Cauldwell; George Gerdes) 03:22
9  Gardenia Lady (George Gerdes) 04:29


BassJoe Osborn
BassJimmy Bond
DrumsRon Tutt
DrumsFrank Capp
GuitarGeorge Gerdes
GuitarMike Schwartz
Acoustic GuitarMike Schwartz
PianoMike Lang
HarmonicaGeorge Gerdes
SaxSteve Douglas
TromboneHerb Harper
TubaJohn Thomas Johnson
JugFritz Richmond
WashtubFritz Richmond
Background VocalsCharles John Quarto
VocalsGeorge Gerdes

Other Musicians

Slide Guitar (Supertone) – Reverend Robert Sportshirt
Simba – Dexter Ross

Liner Notes

Producer – Nick Venet
Engineer – Buck Herring

Photography – Norman Seeff, Rick Braverman

Mastered At Artisan Sound Recorders
Recorded At Sunwest Recording Studios
Copyright United Artists Records Inc