The bright inviting voice of Terry Lea Jenkins was featured on
PAMS jingles for many years, beginning in the 1950's. She was the lead singer (actually
the only singer) on the very popular PAMS Series 8, and was featured on Series 10, many
commercial jingles, and several country packages throughout the 60's and early 70's.
In 1961, PAMS created a record-length song called "My Home Town", which was offered as part of Series 16. The song, written by Euel Box, was designed to let every local station in America tap into the hometown pride of its community. The vocal consisted of Terry Lea singing two parts: the lead melody, and a harmony track. At this point PAMS was still working with 2-track tape machines. Usually the background music would be played back on one tape machine, and mixed together with the lead vocal as it was sung. That was recorded on track 1 of a second tape (the sub-master). The harmony vocal would then be overdubbed on track 2 of the sub-master. Those two tracks would be mixed together and recorded in mono onto yet another tape which became the actual final master. This technique meant that Terry Lea would have to sing the song straight-through each time, with no mistakes. She wasn't able to do it in sections, or "punch in", as is possible today. Many times she would just have the station's typed lyrics in front of her and made the words fit the song as she sang them.
At first, stations were unsure about airing such a long jingle. But KNUZ in Houston had their song pressed onto records and sold over 4,000 the first week. Many other stations had the song produced, each with their own completely customized lyrics. They'd air it, and usually distribute copies on 45 rpm records, sometimes in cooperation with an advertiser. In some markets the sponsor was mentioned in the song, or they used the flip-side of the disc for a commercial. There are no reliable records to tell us exactly how many "My Home Town" songs were produced, but it was ultimately used in markets large and small all over the world. There are hundreds of versions.