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Album : Jerry Lee Lewis – Jerry Lee Lewis (79)

Why has it taken me this long to do a take on an album by “The Killer”? I dont know. I guess like a fine wine or a good cigar I was waiting for a special time. I have done a couple takes on two of his songs but long overdue for a full album. Without a doubt Jerry Lee Lewis is a CB hall of famer. I grew up (or just got bigger) on his music. My old man and uncles dug the man and his music so I was exposed at a young age to the sounds of his music. Enough background.

Our friend 1537 did a fantastic take on ‘Live At The Star – Club Hamburg’ (A must in everybody’s record pile. 22 minutes of what it’s all about). Then talking to Max ( badfinger20 ) about all the great hillbilly rockabilly, CB finally got his shit together. So here it is folks.

This album came out in 1979. Lewis was doing great work up till this year but his music was heavily country influenced, not a bad thing especially filtered through his talent. It always rocked and swung. I think he got lost in the music pool pumping out his country records and maybe getting comfortable in that vibe. Jerry Lee wasn’t built to coast. This album came out of the gates and rekindled my love for the guy. It rocks and Lewis is in top form making every song his own.

The first song I heard from the album was ‘Rockin’ My Life Away’. You get that pounding piano and that great Lewis confidence ( He’s about as far from shy as you can get) coming at ya. He plays a few of his patented short solos. He does more in these compact pieces than most players do in a lifetime. He lets us know who he is in the song “My name is Jerry Lee Lewis” just in case anyone forgot.

I will keep this short. He makes every song his. Yeah he still has the country in him but hey he’s a country guy. The great James Burton (guitar) and Kenny Lovelace (Violin, guitars) give just the right support along with the rest of the band. Lewis sings (and whistles) only the way he can, he has a way with a lyric. Who ever came up with the set knew that the songs would be a fit for Jerry Lee. Some of these songs might be light weight with someone else, not Lewis. His personality comes out in every song. When he sings ‘I Wish I Was Eighteen Again’ you believe him. There is a longing and a sadness without being precious. Jerry had some living behind him.

He takes this group of songs and makes an album that CB ate up. I know the music scene back then was all over the place but The Killer just dropped in to remind us that one of the originals was still around and doing the do. Pounding rock n roll piano , using his great vocals and doing some of that throw away talk he does. Jerry Lee Lewis music. He is one talented guy. Long live The Killer.

A true original doing it like no one else could or can. Give it a listen you might like it as much as I do. I like it more than a lot.

33 comments on “Album : Jerry Lee Lewis – Jerry Lee Lewis (79)

  1. deKE
    November 14, 2021

    I always thought of you as the Killer Cb lol..great stuff as always. I still remember going to the movies with my lady friend at the time to see his bio, what year was that? 88 or 89? Dennis Quaid was Jerry if I recall.
    Sure I could google this stuff but I’m lazy lol

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 14, 2021

      You have to see the clip of him in Germany playing ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ The audience is on stage with him and they are going as nuts as him. Rock n roll at it’s best.
      Yeah that Quaid thing made Lewis look like he had a negative IQ.

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      • deKE
        November 14, 2021

        I paid money to see that friggin movie lol as my IQ was way in the negatives by that point.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 14, 2021

        I am busting a gut on that comment. It’s a wonder Jerry Lee didnt seek Quaid out and do damage.

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      • deKE
        November 14, 2021

        hahaha no kidding!

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  2. Yeah, Another Blogger
    November 14, 2021

    I think that people forget that he was one of the biggest stars in rock and roll’s early days. He helped to shape rock.

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  3. christiansmusicmusings
    November 14, 2021

    It’s nothing but a joy to listen to this album, CB. That opener is plain killer. When you hear the first few bars of Jerry Lee Lewis rockin’ and rollin’ on his piano, you just know it’s gonna be great. And when tells James to hit it – just awesome! I also love the defiant line, “My name is Jerry Lee Lewis and I’m durned sure here to stay.”

    Unfortunately, between disco and punk, the record’s timing was tough, though according to Wikipedia it was his first album to make the US mainstream charts Billboard 200 (no. 186) since 1973 (and his last until 1995’s “Young Blood,” which I don’t know. But you know what? Screw the charts!

    I also like the two other tunes you called out.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 14, 2021

      Good comment. I played this album for anyone who would listen back then. Forced at times. Yeah it’s not a throw away recording. It was right there in the middle of all the other great stuff I was listening to. Such a good time for me and music. Charts? Yeah Im with ya.
      Jerry Lee is a walking one and only and the real deal. You have to take him faults and all.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        November 14, 2021

        Have you ever seen the man live? That must have been something I imagine…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 14, 2021

        Couple times. He could get a little temperamental. Both shows were good but the one from around this time was very good. Outside in an amphitheater. He rocked and the crowd was with him and drove him on. You mentioned punks, well there was a group (A local punk band ) of them right up front going nuts with everything Lewis did. It was a memorable night.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        November 14, 2021

        Wow, that does sound memorable, especially that outdoor kicks. White punks on dope? 🙂

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 14, 2021

        More like booze. They were a good local band that the punks adopted. Basically played speeded up rock n roll and they were there to see one of their hero’s.
        The show was still all Jerry. He wouldnt have it any other way.

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  4. Jim S.
    November 14, 2021

    CB is back from his vacation last week. I was afraid he’d run out of Westerns, B movies and obscure jazz albums. But no, he’s back with The Killer, who at 86 is pretty much the only guy left from those early rockers. 1979 eh? I had no idea. I’ll have to get together with my gal Betty Sue, get the spats out and shake a leg.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 14, 2021

      He is bit of a flawed hero (just the way I like them) to me.

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      • Jim S.
        November 14, 2021

        Our heroes have feet of clay. Eric Clapton was a musical hero to me. He has let a lot of us down. I was reading an article about how even his closest friends don’t understand his anti-vax stance. Robert Cray won’t even talk to him anymore.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 14, 2021

        I dont know what Eric is up to but I do know that Jerry Lee has been a wingnut since day one. Bottom line is he rocks.

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      • Jim S.
        November 14, 2021

        He does. And EC is up to no good. Google him sometime if you’re bored. You’ll get the picture.

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  5. badfinger20 (Max)
    November 15, 2021

    “Wingnut”…oh man I haven’t heard that in forever…I have to use that soon. Jerry Lee IS one but I seperate art from the artist and enjoy what I’m hearing or watching.
    No one plays piano like him and his vocals are so natural. These songs sound great of course man…I’ve never heard this before…you just gave me some homework.

    I also love the Star Club record… it’s up there with Live At Leads and At Fillmore East as one of the best live rock albums.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 15, 2021

      “Wingnut” with all due respect. I love Jerry Lee. He’s like that lovable uncle. Like you I have no problem separating the art and artist.
      He is one of my favorite piano players. He can play. God given for sure. Cant help agreeing with all your take. Those albums are gold. Good stuff Max. Just watch the news and you will wear out “wingnut”

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        November 15, 2021

        That is the truth about the news. I just heard What Made Milwaukee Famous by Jerry Lee today. I’ll check out that album out by him…the cuts you showed are great. I love seeing those old videos of him playing with his hair flying…he is like a man possessed. I appreciate the shout out CB.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 15, 2021

        No problem. Thanks for the nudge to the music.

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  6. hotfox63
    November 15, 2021

    About the later J. J. Lewis I don’t have much to say here. Others have already done that. The best recording for me is still that live LP from the Star Club in Hamburg 1964.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 15, 2021

      Its a good one Fox.

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      • hotfox63
        November 16, 2021

        The album is a time document. But you can feel that glitter suits and curly hair are not the real heart of rock n roll, but rebellion and aggressive dissatisfaction.

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  7. keepsmealive
    November 15, 2021

    “…wasn’t built to coast.” Amen.

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  8. 1dancequeendq
    November 16, 2021

    I didn’t realise J Lewis had made a recording as late as ’79 I have his early music in my head so to speak. Interesting that he continued to work.

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  9. 1537
    November 18, 2021

    Great call CB and thanks for the nod. I’ve added this to my list, although I am a bit allergic to anything country flavoured. How many poor, innocent pianos has that man reduced to match wood?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 18, 2021

      Yeah it has the country bone but like I said Jerry Lee is a hick. He pulls it off for me. Yeah I seen him get mad at a piano in concert. He started calling it names and a Japanese piece of %^&^%. No one ever accused him of being subtle. He was just endorsing American craftsmanship. That album you featured is so good.

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  10. valenciartist
    November 20, 2021

    Got to be a good one, always admired Jerry Lee Lewis but have not really heard too much of his music, so thanks CB for bringing this CD and featuring it. I will take a good listen. By the by, this is my new site, remember me, Francisco? Well, here I am again mate, hope to see you around. Cheers.

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