From heroics in Vietnam to doo-wop all over, Jerry Tempesta leads with his heart

Nov 24, 2023 271

Jerry Tempesta started singing on the street corners of South Philadelphia when he was 14, and 60 years later, he’s still sharing great music, although the venues are nicer and the audiences are bigger. In between, though, were more than two decades when he lost the singing in his heart.

That gap followed a two-year stint in the military, and the day he’ll never forget: April 2, 1970, in Vietnam. “I should have been dead that day,” he told the Rev. Dr. Paul McCullough in his “Serving Our Nation” podcast. “God helped me to live.”

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