Jerry Lee Lewis
Last Man Standing
Review by Lorraine Kay
After 60 years (almost to the day) from when he first walked into Sun Records, in Memphis, Tennessee, Jerry Lee Lewis is still rocking and rolling. To honor that fact and the fact that of all the legendary rock and roll greats that also recorded at Sun Records in the 1950s, he is the “Last Man Standing,” Shangri-La Entertainment has released a new studio CD with 21 tracks – all duets featuring Jerry Lee Lewis and some of the biggest rock and roll icons ever. Recorded in Lewis’ 76th year, this is his first studio album in over 10 years.
Looking to restart his career, the once hard-drinking, honky-tonk playing pianist recorded with over 20 of his friends the most amazing classic rock and roll album ever. Itching to get back on the stage and not ready to turn in his piano he is noted as saying “Just point me to the piano and in fifteen minutes I’ll have ‘em shakin’, shoutin’, shiverin’ and shackin’.” And this CD proves it.
Editor's Note - following publication certain inacuracies have come to my attention - so I will list them here to make sure that we correct them.
It was 50 years ago Jerry first walked into Sun and recorded for them, not 60. He was 21, and he turned 71 on September 29th 2006, so is just into his 72nd year.
Although several of the numbers on the CD he's recorded before, or has sung on stage, What's Made Milwaukee Famous was his second big Country hit in the 1960s, it hit #2 in June 1968. Rod Stewart also covered the song. Now they've recorded it as a duet.
Jerry reportedly wrote 'Old Glory', one of the relatively few songs he has written, and has sung it 'live' on at least one occasion some years ago. The tune bears a striking similarity to the World War II song 'There's A Star-spangled Banner Waving Somewhere', which has a more corny patriotic theme.
Trouble In Mind, which is regularly featured on Jerry's live shows, and which he recorded on The Session over 30 years ago, is of course a Blues tune, rather than a honky-tonk Country number.
Thanks to the kind folks on the Jerry Lee Lewis yahoogroup for pointing these up.