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Jerry Lee Lewis born September 29, is an American singer-songwriter, Age Sculpture - Kelpe - Sea Inside Body, and pianist, often known by his nickname, The Killer. A pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly music, Lewis made his first recordings in at Sun Records in Memphis.
However, Lewis's rock and roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to Myra Gale Brownhis year-old cousin. He had minimal success Jerry Lee Lewis - The Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis the charts following the scandal, and his popularity quickly eroded.
In the early s, he did not have much chart success, with few exceptions, such as a cover of Ray Charles 's " What'd I Say ". His live performances at this time were increasingly wild and energetic. His live album Live at the Star Club, Hamburg is regarded by music journalists and fans as one of the wildest and greatest live rock albums ever. This reignited his career, and throughout the late s and s he regularly topped the country-western charts; throughout his seven-decade career, Lewis has had 30 songs reach the top 10 on the " Billboard Country and Western Chart ".
Lewis's successes continued throughout the decade and he embraced his rock and roll past with songs such as a cover of the Big Bopper 's " Chantilly Lace " and Mack Vickery 's "Rockin' My Life Away". In the 21st century, Lewis continues to tour around the world and still releases new albums.
His album Last Man Standing is his best selling to date, with over a million copies sold worldwide. This was followed by Mean Old Man inwhich has received some of the best sales of Lewis's career. Lewis has a dozen gold records in both rock and country.
He won several Grammy awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. Lewis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inand his pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Music critic Robert Christgau has said of Lewis: "His drive, his timing, his offhand vocal power, his unmistakable boogie-plus piano, and his absolute confidence in the face of the void make Jerry Lee the quintessential rock and roller.
His parents mortgaged their farm to buy him a piano. Lewis was influenced by a piano-playing older cousin, Carl McVoy who later recorded with Bill Black 's Combothe radio, and the sounds from Haney's Big House, a black juke joint across the tracks.
Williams in particular struck a chord with Lewis, who told biographer Rick Bragg in"I felt something when I listened to that man. I felt something different. His mother enrolled him in the Southwest Bible Institutein Waxahachie, Texasso that he would be singing evangelical songs exclusively.
But Lewis daringly played a boogie-woogie rendition of "My God Is Real" at a church assembly, which ended his association with the school the same night.
Pearry Green, then president of the student body, Jerry Lee Lewis - The Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis how during a talent show Lewis played some "worldly" music. The next morning, the dean of the school called Lewis and Green into his office to expel them. Lewis said that Green should not be expelled because "he didn't know what I was going to do. After that incident, he went home and started playing at clubs in and around Ferriday and Jerry Lee Lewis - The Best Of Jerry Lee LewisMississippibecoming part of the burgeoning new rock and roll sound and cutting his first demo recording in Aroundhe traveled to Nashvillewhere he played in clubs and attempted to build interest, but he was turned down by the Grand Ole Opryas he had already been at the Louisiana Hayride country stage and radio show in Shreveport.
In DecemberLewis began recording prolifically, as a solo artist and Jerry Lee Lewis - The Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis a session musician for other Sun artists, including Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Formerly, rockabilly had rarely featured piano, but it proved an influential addition, and rockabilly artists on other labels also started working with pianists. On December 4,Elvis Presley dropped in on Phillips to pay a social visit while Perkins was in the studio cutting new tracks with Lewis backing Orient Xpress (Millenium Remix) - Night & Day - Orient Xpress on piano.
Johnny Cash was also there watching Perkins. The four then started an impromptu jam sessionand Phillips left the tape running. Lewis's own singles on which he was billed as "Jerry Lee Lewis and his Pumping Piano" advanced his career as a soloist duringwith hits such as " Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On ", a Big Maybelle cover, and Jerry Lee Lewis - The Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire ", his biggest hit, bringing him international fame, despite criticism for the songs, which prompted some radio stations to boycott them.
According to several first-hand sources, including Johnny CashLewis, a devout Christian, was troubled by the sinful nature of his own material, which he believed was leading him and his audience to hell. As part of his stage act, Lewis pounded the keys with his heel, kicked the piano bench aside and played standing, raking his hands up and down the keyboard Jerry Lee Lewis - The Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis dramatic effect, sat on the keyboard and even stood on top of the instrument.
Lewis told the Pop Chronicles that kicking over the bench originally happened by accident, but when it got a favorable response, he kept it in the act. His dynamic performance style can be seen in films such as High Lilahs Theme - Eron Tabor With Herb Ellis & Oscar Castro Neves* - From San Francisco HAIR Confidential he sang the title song from the back of a flatbed truckand Jamboree.
Lewis's turbulent personal life was hidden from the public Jerry Lee Lewis - The Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis a May British tour where Ray Berry, a news agency reporter at London's Heathrow Airport the only journalist presentlearned about Lewis's third wife, Myra Gale Brown. She was Lewis's first cousin once removed   and 13 years old even though Brown, Lewis, and his management all insisted that she was 15 — while Lewis was 22 years old. The publicity caused an uproar, and the tour was cancelled after only three concerts.
InPhillips opened a new state-of-the-art studio at Madison Avenue in Memphis,  abandoning the old Union Avenue studio where Phillips had recorded B. It was at the latter studio that Lewis recorded his only major hit during Pacs Theme (Interlude) - 2Pac - Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. period, a rendition of Ray Charles 's " What'd I Say " in Another recording of Lewis playing an instrumental boogie arrangement of the Glenn Miller Orchestra favorite " In the Mood " was issued on the Phillips International label under the pseudonym "The Hawk".
Lewis's Sun recording contract ended inand he joined Smash Recordswhere he made a number of rock recordings that did not further his career. The team at Smash a division of Mercury Records came up with "I'm on Fire", a song that they felt would be perfect for Lewis and, as Colin Escott writes in the sleeve to the retrospective A Half Century of Hits"Mercury held the presses, thinking they had found Lewis's comeback hit, and it might have happened if the Beatles hadn't arrived in Americachanging radio playlists almost overnight.
Mercury didn't really know what to do with Lewis after that. One major success during these lost years was Lonesome Lovesick Blues - Various - Harlem Jazz 1921-1931 concert album Live at the Star Club, Hamburgrecorded with the Nashville Teens inJerry Lee Lewis - The Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis is considered one of the greatest live rock-and-roll albums ever.
In a 5-out-ofstars review, Milo Miles wrote in Rolling Stone magazine that " Live at the Star Club, Hamburg is not an album, it's a crime scene: Jerry Lee Lewis slaughters his rivals in a thirteen-song set that feels like one long convulsion.
Frustrated by Smash's inability to score a hit, Lewis was nearing the end of his contract when promotions manager Eddie Kilroy called him and pitched the idea of cutting a pure country record in Nashville.
With nothing to lose, Lewis agreed to record the Jerry Chestnut song " Another Place, Another Time ", which was released as a single on March 9,and, to everyone's amazement, shot up the country charts. At the time of the release, Lewis had been playing Iago in a rock and roll adaptation of Othello called Catch My Soul in Los Angeles but was soon rushed back to Nashville to record another batch of songs with producer Jerry Kennedy.
What followed was a string of hits that no one could have ever predicted, although country music had always remained a major part of Lewis's repertoire. As Colin Escott observes in the sleeve to the compilation Killer Countrythe conversion to country music in "looked at the time like a radical shift, but it was neither as abrupt nor as unexpected as it seemed.
Jerry had always recorded country music, and his country breakthrough 'Another Place, Another Time' had been preceded by many, many country records starting with his first, ' Crazy Arms ', in Between andLewis had 17 Top 10 hit singles on Jerry Lee Lewis - The Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis Billboard country chart, including four chart toppers.
The production on his early country albums, such Social Dissolution - BloodSoil - Endtimes Another Place, Another Time and She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbyewas sparse, quite different from the slick " Nashville sound " that was predominant on Stop/Go - Headrush Tactics - Stop/Go / Peace Out radio at the time, and also expressed a full commitment by Lewis to a country audience.
The songs still featured Lewis's inimitable piano flourishes, but critics were most taken aback by the rock and roll pioneer's effortlessly soulful vocals, which possessed an emotional resonance on par with the most respected country singers of the time, such as George Jones and Merle Haggard. In his book Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Storybiographer Rick Bragg notes that the songs Lewis was Jerry Lee Lewis - The Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis "were of the kind they were starting to call 'hard country', not because it had a rock beat or crossed over into rock in a real way, but because it was more substantial than the cloying, overproduced mess out there on country radio".
In a remarkable turnaround, Lewis became the most bankable country star in the world. He was so huge in that his former Smash producer Shelby SingletonSeguidilla - Bizet* - LArlesienne · Carmen Jerry Lee Lewis - The Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis Sun Records from Sam Phillips in Julywasted no time in repackaging many of Lewis's old country recordings with such effectiveness that many fans assumed they were recent releases.
Lewis played the Grand Ole Opry for the first and only time on January 20, As Colin Escott writes in the liner notes to A Half Century of HitsLewis had always maintained ambivalent feelings towards Music City ever since he'd been turned away as an aspiring musician before his glory days at Sun Records : "It was 18 years since he had left Nashville broke and disheartened Lewis was never truly accepted in Nashville.
He didn't move there and didn't schmooze there. He didn't fit in with the family values crowd. Lewis family values weren't necessarily worse, but they were different. Ignoring his allotted time constraints—and, thus, commercial breaks—Lewis played for 40 minutes the average Opry performance is two songs, for about eight minutes of stage time maximum and invited Del Wood —the one member of the Opry who had been kind to him when he had been The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine - Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme as a teenager—out on stage to sing with him.
Lewis returned to the pop charts with Suvarnabhasargarbha - Pekka Airaksinen - Madam Im Adam Me and Bobby McGee " in and " Chantilly Lace " inand this turn of events, coupled with a revitalized public interest in vintage rock and rollinspired Mercury to fly Lewis to London in to record with a cadre of gifted British and Irish musicians, including Rory GallagherKenney Jonesand Albert Lee.
Jerry Lee Lewis - The Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis all accounts the sessions were tense. The remake of Lewis's old Sun cut "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" would be the album's hit single, reaching number 20 on the Billboard country chart and peaking at number 41 on the pop chart. It did far better on the country albums chart, rising to number 4.
According to Rick Bragg's authorized biography, "the Killer" was in a foul mood when he showed up at Trans Maximus Studios in Memphis to record: "During these sessions, he insulted the producer, threatened to kill a photographer, and drank and medicated his way into but not out of a fog.
His last big hit with Mercury was "Middle Age Crazy," which made it to number 4 in InLewis switched to Elektra and produced the critically acclaimed Jerry Lee Lewisalthough sales were disappointing. Although looking frail after several hospitalizations due to stomach problems, Lewis was responsible for beginning an unplanned jam at the end of the evening, which was immediately incorporated into the event.
That year, he returned to Sun Studio in Memphis to team up with Orbison, Cash, and Perkins along with longtime admirers like John Fogerty to create the album Class of '55a sort of followup to the Million Dollar Quartet session, though in the eyes of many critics and fans, lacking the spirit of the old days at Sun.
Ina major motion picture based on his early life in rock and roll, Great Balls of Fire! The movie focuses on Lewis's early career and his relationship with Myra, and ends with the scandal of the late s. A year later, inLewis made minor news when a new song he recorded called "It Was the Whiskey Talkin' Not Me " was included in the soundtrack to the hit movie Dick Tracy.
The song is also heard in the movie, playing on a radio. The public downfall of his cousin, television evangelist Jimmy Swaggartresulted in more adverse publicity to a troubled family. Swaggart is also a piano player, as is another cousin, country music star Mickey Gilley. All three listened to the same music in their youth, and frequented Haney's Heartbreaker - Dolly Parton - Heartbreaker House, the Ferriday club that featured black blues acts.
Lewis and Swaggart have had a complex relationship over the years. Receiving positive reviews, the album charted in four different Billboard charts, including a two-week stay at number one on the Indie charts. Last Man Standing is Lewis's best selling album of all time. Lewis now lives on a ranch in Nesbit, Mississippiwith his family.
Along with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison, Lewis received a Grammy in the spoken-word category for the very rare album of interviews released with some early copies of the Class of '55 album in Only recordings which are at least 25 years old and have left a lasting impression can receive this honor.
In JuneLewis was honored for his contribution to the recording industry with a star along Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fourteen [ clarification needed ] reached the number-1 position. He has had ten official gold discs, the latest being for the album Last Man Standingplus unofficial ones issued by his record company Mercury for albums which sold over a quarter of a million copies. His duets CD Last Man Standing has sold over half a million worldwide, his biggest-selling album ever.
Lewis is also among the Top 50 all-time Billboard Country artists. Lewis was present to accept the American Music Masters Award and closed his own tribute show with a rendition of " Over the Rainbow ". In Augustin advance of his new album, a single entitled " Mean Old Man " was released for download.
It was written by Kris Kristofferson. An EP featuring this song and four more was also released on November
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