March 2, 2014 |
When he began writing about blues, country, soul, and early rock-and-roll, Peter Guralnick had one simple goal: to convey his own passion for artists such as Muddy Waters, Merle Haggard, Bobby Bland, and Jerry Lee Lewis, and explain why they were so important. Guralnick accomplished just that with his first two collections of artist profiles: 1971's Feel Like Going Home and 1979's Lost Highway . Now those volumes are available as enhanced digital editions ($9.99 each on iTunes)
December 14, 2012 |
Recording sessions have the mystique of making music history behind closed doors. No matter that the single most famous one in pop culture - the December day in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, now known as the Million Dollar Quartet, were all in the same Memphis studio - yielded nothing of great musical consequence. It was lions at play, singing gospel and blues that the public didn't want to hear from them. But who wouldn't have wanted to be a fly on that wall?
September 8, 2010 |
Jerry Lee Lewis turns 75 on Sept. 29. But he's not ready to retire. "I could have retired a long time ago," the self-described "Southern boy" tells USA Today. He punches his fist in the air: "I keep rockin'!" Lewis, who divorced his sixth wife in '05, says he probably won't marry again. And even though his songs were once called the devil's music, Lewis says he's still "a religious man. . . . I never lost my connection, and I'm looking forward to going to heaven.
August 24, 2007 |
ANYONE walking through the doors of Memphis, Tenn.'s, legendary Sun Studio can't help but feel immersed in history. This tiny room was, after all, instrumental in the development of American music, introducing the world to the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Howlin' Wolf. But when guitarist Skip Heller stepped through Sun's doors last fall to record "Along the Anchorline," his personal history was weighing on his mind as much as the folklore of the room.
April 13, 2007 |
It was a piano summit for the ages when Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles performed together for the first and only time, at a New Orleans Club in 1986. The document of that show, Fats and Friends, is just out on DVD, and its highlight is a sampling of new releases featuring great Americana artists. The 17-song program, recorded before a live audience at the Storyville club, starts out with the three legends performing individual sets. Then, they take the stage together, fronting a group led by Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer and Rolling Stone Ron Wood, to rip through "The Lewis Boogie," "Low Down Dog," "Jambalaya," and "Swanee River Rock.
December 18, 1994 |
Jerry Lee Lewis has set up a 900 phone number to help him cut into the $560,000 he owes in taxes. Calls cost $2.75 a minute. Said his wife, Kerrie McCarver: "The thing is, you're actually getting to hear Jerry in his own words and it's not a script. " In one message, the rocker talks about getting kicked out of the seventh grade for fighting with his teacher. In another, he discusses his first date and love affair. In yet another, he pitches a $25 package that includes autographed photos of himself plus a concert video.
May 8, 1993 |
Jerry Lee Lewis faces an IRS auction similar to Willie Nelson's if he doesn't come up quick with $1.6 mil in back taxes. Agents entered his Nesbit, Miss., home on Thursday and at least temporarily relieved the rock icon of three pianos, guitars, electric keyboards, velvet chairs, a grandfather clock, a burgundy leather loveseat, an old Victrola, concert posters and household appliances. Lewis was off in Europe performing. "Jerry Lee wants to pay what he owes," said the Killer's lawyer.
September 22, 1992 |
The Barrymore Room may never be the same. For a year, this venue in the Hotel Atop the Bellevue has been an elegant setting for the American Musical Theater Festival's cabarets. The performers have been mostly decorous singers of old Broadway show tunes. But Phoebe Legere, who opens there Thursday for two weekends, is something very different. In fact, she may be the cabaret act to end all cabaret acts. "I try, in a good-natured way, to destroy cabaret," says Legere (pronounced l'-ZHERR)
September 3, 1990 |
Every Labor Day Eve, Jerry Lewis steps up on some stage, and sings and smiles and sweats and staggers his way through the next 22 hours - breaking down repeatedly, seemingly on cue, as disabled children parade across the stage. He has been praised as a saint, berated as an egomaniac, nominated for a Nobel Prize, falsely assailed for making money off other people's suffering. (Time after time, Muscular Dystrophy Association officials say neither Lewis nor any of the performers takes a nickel for the telethon.
July 24, 1989 |
Everyone of a certain age remembers the shocking scandal. Rock-and-roll superstar Jerry Lee Lewis had married a 13-year-old, his cousin no less! Parents and teachers - and even the kids of the first rock-and-roll generation, most of them within spitting distance of 13 themselves - were stunned and repulsed. Lewis' suggestive lyrics were one thing, his wild gyrations on stage were another. But this? Marriage to a child? Incest? Bigamy? (It was discovered that Lewis, then 22, was not divorced from his second wife before taking his third.