‘Jersey Joe’ Henderson

Being in it for ‘the long haul’ has been a characteristic long sought by the Pathway of Fame. When talking about longevity in the music business, there’s no finer example than Jersey Joe Henderson – a fixture on the Peterborough entertainment scene for more than 40 years.

His career represented, in many ways, a history of musical entertainment in Peterborough. From his early days as part of such groups as The Sonics and The Emeralds, to his later work at venerable landmarks as the New Grand Hotel, The Ship and Shore, the Commercial and Montreal House, Joe charmed audiences with his talent and personality. He was one of the first artists signed to play Havelock Jamboree, sharing the stage with a remarkable list of notables, including Ronnie Hawkins, Merle Haggard and Colleen Peterson. Over the years, Joe gave freely of his time and talent in aid of worthy causes, too numerous to mention, but especially, worked with palliative care patients through Red Cross.

To be Peterborough’s longest standing full time musician means you must have done something right. In keeping an audience entertained, Jersey Joe Henderson wrote the book on doing it right.

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