Manila Music Show set for Nov. 20
Manila will host the second annual Homecoming Show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, featuring former Manila residents and recording artists Jerry Jaye and Kenny Seratt. The event will be held at the Manila Community Center.
Also appearing on stage will be Jerry Jaye's wife, Darlene Battles, a well-known singer and composer. Former Manila resident and singer Sheila Dobbs will also be taking the stage along with other local musicians.
Tickets will be $5 for the Saturday night show.
A Sunday afternoon jamboree session will start at 2 p.m. at the community center with several local musicians and singers taking the stage for a great afternoon of music. There will be no charge for the Sunday afternoon show and the public is invited.
Jerry Jaye was raised in Manila and after returning from the Navy started a band and toured the Arkansas circuits. In 1966 they recorded "My Girl Josephine" which became a hit peaking at 29 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart. He has had several country hits since then and has continued in the entertainment business. He has toured with Booker T and the MGS and Lou Rawls, among others. He sang lead with the Bill Black Combo, had hits including Honky Tonk Women Love Redneck Men. He toured in Sweden and England in the 1990s and released another album, "One More Time", in 2005. He and his wife Darlene Battles released an album on Bejay Records in 1984.
Kenny Seratt was born in Manila and raised in Dyess. Seratt's first charted hit was "Goodbyes Come Hard for Me," and was written by the late Tommy Collins. He has toured with Merle Haggard and Mickey Gilley and opened for Jerry Lee Lewis. He was named Oklahoma Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year in 1982. He also won the 1978 and 1980 male vocalist Award at the Grapevine Opry in Grapevine, Texas.
Manila Mayor Clifford Veach said he is looking forward to the Homecoming Show and welcoming back Jerry Jaye and Kenny Seratt to Manila for a second concert.