In 1964 Jerry Lee Lewis was struggling back home in the US. He had recently moved from Sun to Smash Records, and they had a plan to get him a hit record. Just a few weeks before Landing in -England, Jerry Lee had recorded what many were sure would be his comeback hit: “I’m on Fire”. This great song never good further up than 98 on the charts, the Beatles was the new hot thing.
Jerry Lee traveled to Europe for 14 stops in England & 2 in West Germany. On this short tour Jerry Lee gave some outstanding performances, among them this Manchester TV Special & the Hamburg Star Club concert.
He was that kind of guy. All he wanted to do was get on the damn piano and do his stuff. And it was that kind of immediacy that we were aiming for. It wasn’t controlled. It’s a dangerous thing to do, and you wouldn’t be able to do it now.
~Philip Casson (Director of the TV Special)
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In November , Van appeared with Jerry Lee Lewis at the Hammersmith Odeon, performing two songs, “Goodnight Irene” and “What´d I Say”. On the first of these, Lewis looks half stuffed, stiff back and trading phrases with Van, who badly needs a haircut, but drives the old rock´n´roller on. Lewis´s stubby fingers can still coax magic out of his grand piano.
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)
Wonderful to see these two giants perform together.
Jerry Lee Lewis & Van Morrison
Hammersmith Odeon, London
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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
||Jerry Lee Lewis
|Also known as
||September 29, 1935 (age 83)
||Ferriday, Louisiana, U.S.
||Rock and roll, country, rockabilly, blues, Honky tonk, gospel
||Singer, songwriter, pianist
||Vocals, piano, guitar
||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”.
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I like this town, it’s really great. They’ve put me in The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This town is about music. It’s about the kind of music I like.
I used to go down every year for the remembrance of Elvis’ birthday. Memphis State College invited me to sit in the auditorium and speak to the people for one of those Elvis days.
Blackwell’s songwriting style is as identifiable as that of Willie Dixon or Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. He helped formulate the musical vocabulary of rock & roll when the genre was barely breathing on its own.
~Bill Dahl (allmusic.com)
All Shook Up -Elvis Presley:
Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis:
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