November 1, 2012

Throwback Thursday - Jerry Lee Lewis

For Throwback Thursday today, I have one word for you…….Outlaw.  And not in the traditional sense of the word.  Jerry Lee Lewis, "The Killer",  has put forth a career that has span 60 years.  This singer/songwriter/piano extraordinaire did it his way, and really didn't care what people thought of him.  From his rockabilly roots to his country years, he has placed his name beside the great ones in history.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and Rolling Stone put his box set All Killer, No Filler in their top 500 albums of all time.  He was one of the original four of the Memphis sound, with Johnny Cash, Elvis, and Roy Orbison.  You can read up on him, from his rock and roll success in the late 50's, to his marriage to his 13 year old cousin which lead to his controversial downfall, then his resurrection into country music in the late 60's and 70's.  He has, and still is, doing things his way.

Here is a video of Jerry Lee in the early days, doing "Great Balls of Fire."

1st cousins to the great Mickey Gilley, here is a great example of how two boys from poor upbringing in Louisiana made it big.  If you love piano, you'll love this!

Lastly, put Jerry Lee with Willie, Merle, and Keith Richards on a bluesy "Trouble in Mind"……Amazing!

PS - Thanks to my old friend who was born in the '60s for helping me with this one.

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