Fabulous Fifties

Sharing my love for the first decade of rock and roll!

Jerry Lee Lewis:


Jerry Lee Lewis is widely considered rock and roll’s first wild entertainer, complete with jaw dropping on-stage antics. He is one of the genre’s pioneers and influential pianists known for his boogie-woogie style, pounding on the keys, standing up to play, and playing with his feet.

Lewis rose to fame on the strengths of hits such as “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Breathless,” and “High School Confidential.” He was also part of the famous Million Dollar Quartet recording session at Sun Studios in Memphis TN in 1956.

Jerry Lee Lewis-Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

Lewis’ career plunged in 1958 due to his marriage to his 13-year old cousin. That said, a cover of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say,” as well as his well-received live album, “Live at the Star Club, Hamburg” kept his career afloat before a transition to country music in 1968 saved it.

Lewis has won four Grammy Awards, along with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and two Grammy Hall of Fame Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, as well as recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

Jerry Lee Lewis-Great Balls of Fire

Jerry Lee Lewis – High School Confidential

Amazing performer! One of my favorites!

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Jerry Lee Lewis put the Rock in Rock and Roll. When I see those old clips of Elvis, he is tame compared to Jerry Lee Lewis. He was nicknamed the Killer for good reason. On a side note…if you want to hear one of the best live albums ever…give Jerry Lee Lewis, ‘Live at the Star Club, Hamburg’ (1964) a try.

By 1957 Lewis was on fire…he was set with three previous top ten hits Whole Lotta Shakin, Breathless, and Great Balls of Fire. He released High School Confidential in 1957. It was riding up the charts when news of Lewis’ marriage to his 13-year-old second cousin broke out. Upon hearing this, Sun Records canceled distribution of the record to DJs and it stalled on the charts. Not a good career move Jerry…but he was just warming up.

This was the title track to a movie in which Lewis…

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing — SoulRide

Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley, and this guy! What talent!

England, May of ’58. Hulton Archive/Getty Images. Maybe he’s right. Over the years, Jerry Lee Lewis has gained a reputation as a cantankerous old man. He’s known for railing against history for not giving him what he feels is his due. This can sometimes make him seem almost repugnant. But, you know what? He may […]

Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing — SoulRide
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