Singer's biggest hit was 'Primrose Lane'

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Jerry Wallace, 79, the smooth-voiced pop and country singer who scored his first two hits in the late 1950s with "How the Time Flies" and "Primrose Lane," died of congestive heart failure Monday at his home in Victorville.

Wallace began recording in 1951 and had his first hit in 1958 with "How the Time Flies"; a year later came "Primrose Lane," which reportedly sold more than a million copies and was his biggest-selling record.

He had more than 45 pop and country chart successes, according to the Hit Parade Hall of Fame website, including "Life's Gone and Slipped Away," "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry" and "Do You Know What It's Like to Be Lonesome."

In 1972, he was nominated for the Country Music Assn. Award as male vocalist of the year and his "To Get To You" was nominated as single of the year.

A Navy veteran, Wallace was born Dec. 15, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo.

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