September 29: Jerry Lee Lewis was born in 1935
“I am right. I`m always right. One time I thought I was wrong, I found out I was right. ”
~Jerry Lee Lewis
“Just point me to the piano and give me my money. In fifteen minutes I’ll have ’em SHAKIN’, SHOUTIN’, SHIVERIN’, and SHAKIN'”
~Jerry Lee Lewis
|Birth name||Jerry Lee Lewis|
|Also known as||The Killer|
|Born||September 29, 1935 (age 80)|
|Origin||Ferriday, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock and roll, country, rockabilly, blues, Honky tonk, gospel|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, pianist|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, guitar|
|Labels||Sun, Mercury, Sire/Warner Bros, MCA|
Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American rock and roll and country music singer-songwriter and pianist. He is known by the nickname “The Killer”.
An early pioneer of rock and roll music, Lewis had hits in the late 1950s with songs such as “Great Balls of Fire”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, “Breathless” and “High School Confidential”. However, Lewis’ rock ‘n’ roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to his young cousin. He had little success in the charts following the scandal until his popularity recovered in the late 1960s after he extended his career to country and western music with songs such as “Another Place, Another Time”. More country hits soon followed over the late 1960s and through the 1970s.
Lewis’s successes continued throughout the decade and he embraced his rock ‘n’ roll past with songs such as a cover of the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” and “Rockin’ My Life Away”. In the 21st century Lewis continues to tour to audiences around the world and still releases new albums. One such new album, titled Last Man Standing, is his best selling to date at over a million copies sold worldwide.
Hippies? Why, I’m the original.
~Jerry Lee Lewis
Lewis is the last surviving member of Sun Records’ Million Dollar Quartet and the Class of ’55 album, which altogether included Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, as well as Lewis himself.
Jerry Lee & Sam Phillips
From allmusic.com – Cub Koda:
Is there an early rock & roller who has a crazier reputation than the Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis? His exploits as a piano-thumping, egocentric wild man with an unquenchable thirst for living have become the fodder for numerous biographies, film documentaries, and a full-length Hollywood movie. Certainly few other artists came to the party with more ego and talent than he and lived to tell the tale. And certainly even fewer could successfully channel that energy into their music and prosper doing it as well as Jerry Lee. When he broke on the national scene in 1957 with his classic “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” he was every parents’ worst nightmare perfectly realized: a long, blonde-haired Southerner who played the piano and sang with uncontrolled fury and abandon, while simultaneously reveling in his own sexuality. He was rock & roll’s first great wild man and also rock & roll’s first great eclectic. Ignoring all manner of musical boundaries is something that has not only allowed his music to have wide variety, but to survive the fads and fashions as well. Whether singing a melancholy country ballad, a lowdown blues, or a blazing rocker, Lewis’ wholesale commitment to the moment brings forth performances that are totally grounded in his personality and all singularly of one piece. Like the recordings of Hank Williams, Louis Armstrong, and few others, Jerry Lee’s early recorded work is one of the most amazing collections of American music in existence.
read more over @ allmusic.com
If I’m going to Hell, I’m going there playing the piano.
~Jerry Lee Lewis
Great Balls of Fire:
- Lewis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 (one of the first)
- and his pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
- In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine listed his box set All Killer, No Filler: The Anthology number 242 on their list of “500 greatest albums of all time”.
- In 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him number 24 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
- His live album Live at the Star Club, Hamburg is often regarded by many music journalists and fans as one of the wildest and greatest rock and roll concert albums ever.
- On February 12, 2005, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Recording Academy (which also grants the Grammy Awards).
- On November 5, 2007, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, honored Lewis with six days of conferences, interviews, a DVD premiere and film clips, dedicated to him entitled The Life And Music of Jerry Lee Lewis
- On June 4, 2008, Lewis was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
- On October 29, 2009, Lewis opened the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden in New Y
25 Years of Jerry Lee Lewis – 1982 TV Special (60min):
(with a lot of guests.. among them Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson..)
-Egil & Hallgeir