Jerry Lee Lewis
September 8, 2010 by Post Team
Jerry Lee Lewis, Driving south from Memphis on I-55 on Wednesday, he left Jerry-Lee-Lewis-event on the new CD of Jerry Lee Lewis, Mean Old Man Official released yesterday, the album is a tour force little-known country and rock songs with Lewis at the piano accompanied by a who’s who of guests, including Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard, John Fogerty, Mavis Staples, Ringo Starr and others. As full speed with music blasting, I could not stop B003V0860W.01.LZZZZZZZ marvel at how cool it was to hear the music of guy who was about to visit. My interview with the rock ‘n’ roll legend last week featured in the national edition of today’s Wall Street Journal and is online here.
When I reached the 45-acre ranch in Lee Jerry Nesbit, Mississippi, I found a large door similar to that of Elvis Presley, Graceland, except Jerry Lee M_decbb909131ffacf28771ff1ddb95195 steel has an image of a baby grand piano in it. After the door opened, I went to the house that Jerry Lee had bought in 1972. As I left my rental car, I found Phoebe Lewis, daughter of Jerry Lee, director and producer of the albums [photo].
After exchanging pleasantries, Phoebe gave me a tour of the upstairs, including a look at the old upright piano Stark [photo] that Jerry Lee’s parents had bought after hearing him play the piano by his aunt at the age of 8 . 51cVwDv09fL._SL160_ piano keys were a disaster-haunted some up, some down, some up to half of all missing and gratitude white ivories at the hands of the young Jerry Lee sewing needle-hammering on them. By God, there I was looking at one of the tools that launched the rock ‘n’ roll and play the notes with reverence. I also met Judith Brown, Phoebe’s aunt, who remain sensitive to Jerry Lee and whose smile is as big as a moon of Georgia.
For the uninitiated, Jerry Lee Lewis is a pianist crazy new forests that emerged in the late 1950s to score some hits, he married his cousin 13 years of age, and found his career-1 images derailed in 1958 when the British press caught wind of her wedding. It is true, Jerry Lee is a rural area of Louisiana. And true, she married her second cousin of 13 years of age (13 years ago and married Phoebe is the daughter of that marriage.)
But Jerry Lee is much more than just a piano pounds. It’s a hell of a boogie-woogie pianist, a natural with a photo-102 213 485 001 jerryleelewis 1120330742_1729317222_biobites-memory, which means he knows the melodies and lyrics of hundreds of songs despite not being able to read a bit of music . Self-taught, only had a formal class, a brief encounter that resulted in a stroke of his teacher after breaking smart about playing scales.
As a teenager, Jerry Lee practiced up to 13 hours a day, taking in the records of boogie-woogie he heard on the radio and the blues and r & b heard live after crashing Great Haney’s House, a club in his hometown , Ferriday, La. There was something about a piano that Jerry Lee sent in a frenzied trance, making it play like possessed.
At the time he began to have great success in the Sun Records in 1957, Lewis and was the pianist for the study of first call for the label. If Elvis was the trick hip wiggle and wobble in the leg, the Jerry Lee Images-3 was hitting the piano keys with a fury so passionate that over time the hair carefully combed dropped in front of your face. Presley, Jerry Lee loved to play and routinely asked that the half-hour drive north to Graceland just to hear him play. Elvis favorite Jerry Lee was winning again.
But Jerry Lee was much more than a pianist. Its intensity on stage and off stage, wild streak made him a role model for every major rock star who followed his images-five steps. Little Richard and Chuck Berry could have set up sexually charged rock ‘n’ roll of Elvis in 1955 and certainly popularized it in 1956. But it was Jerry Lee smoking act in 1957 and the savage behavior of the man that John Lennon, Mick Jagger and other admired and taken to advance their own careers and highlights. Rock was emotional, the music very nervous, and Jerry Lee was just about right. The public responded.
A larger truth: Jerry Lee is not really a rocker. It is much more than that. Those who know the Image-4 music Jerry Lee acknowledged that there are plenty of loud country in it, which is why he is the unwitting father of the rebels, the country-rock and r & b. After his career foundered in early 1960 and the British Invasion in 1964, Jerry Lee revenues collapsed and ended up playing juke joints across the South. Then in 1968, went from rock to country and had a number of top country hits. What you hear in the voice of Jerry Lee piano country and the country are South rainy nights, whiskey pure and closing time.
When Jerry Lee appeared in his living room Wednesday afternoon, which was in a burgundy pajamas with gold stripes and dark shoes. It is not the hare that once was, but his dream noon-porter had more to do to relax before your full schedule in September was to begin this week.
Here is a sampling of our conversation:
JazzWax: How the hell did you go to take a class to be a virtuoso piano boogie-woogie?
Jerry Lee Lewis: I wonder to myself [laughs]. I-6 pictures taught me everything I know. I’ve heard other piano players, of course, but did not pay much attention to them. I loved the boogie-woogie and blues. And I practiced hard.
JW: There’s a lot of improvisation in the songs you play. I do not think ever played a song the same way twice.
JLL: No, never. I always different. That’s true of any song I’ve played.
JW: You even seem to take pleasure in deceiving his players on a scale up or down, or end on a note of inequality than otherwise expected.
JLL: Yes, I like to keep them guessing [laughs]. This is to keep people on edge. That’s where the excitement is.
JW: Your music is so different that even the songs of his contemporaries, the piano without limits, the blues of Elvis Presley-core and improvisation difficult. His music is so … unpasteurized.
JLL: That’s what Elvis said [laughs]! He did. When I got up at Graceland, he would say to everyone in the room: “This guy is a genius!”
JW: Do you like listening to yourself play? It must be fun.
JLL: Yes it is. I rejoice in what comes out. Sometimes, of course, I have no desire to play at all. But that is rare.
JW: When I see videos of you, the expression in your face images-7 tells me that is far, far away. Where are you at that time?
JLL: Yeah, I’m somewhere where nobody can reach me. It’s another world there.
JW: I suspect that would not be as convincing if they were not there.
JLL: That’s true. Each year, we “Memphis in May” in Memphis. It is a music festival. All best musicians are there end. And I can not wait for me to move forward. They wait and wait and then gather ‘throughout the year.
JW: I can not think of rock or country too many musicians who love music as much as you.
JLL: This is the music, all my life. When I’m playing the images, I am preaching through my hands, with the music. I guess that’s why they call it “devil music” when I play [laughs].
JW: It is not true. It is the music from the heart that moves people.
JLL: You’re right about that. I’m singing and playing for everyone, but I am doing for the people who really understand the sadness and words. All my songs are stories. Anyone with experience with what I’m singing or not. Either way, the rhythm that sweeps. But if you really find the words and what I’m putting on it, then you are getting something really special.
JW: Does the intensity of your game crash sometimes?
JLL: [Laughs] People have always thought that what I do is an act. Not true. I am so deeply in it, the music, it is discovered that the images-11 road. To move to a hearing, you must be able to do that. It is hard to do but you have to get there. When we go, I’m with the aim of taking control of the audience and transform them into a frenzy. We are waiting. It makes the music because music is pure. When I’m done, I’m saying, I’m not asking. It is a different approach.
JW: And soon, the piano is behaving like a train. Do you feel like you’re driving the piano or play him?
JLL: [Laughs] Both. Whoo, [Whoo laughs].
After an hour our conversation, I asked Jerry Lee, if he sat at the piano to show how he uses his hands to make the picture-9 signature running up and down the keyboard. He did and the result was fascinating. Then he launched into a boogie-woogie short. The experience for me was exciting. Now that was a kind of piano.
Just before Jerry Lee retired to his room and Phoebe kindly cut me a piece of cake homemade peach, Jerry Lee and I shook hands again. As he did, he looked me in the eye and said: “Thanks to Killer and time to exit.” Wow. The murderer has just called me a murderer.
JazzWax tracks: Mean Old Man is an album of great B003V0860W.01.LZZZZZZZ any jazz listener will love. The mix and fidelity are the pound sterling, the song is from the heart and the song selection is quite unusual and strong.
Dig the title track, “Mean Old Man, with Ronnie Wood. O Rockin ‘My Life Away with Kid Rock and Slash. Dead Flowers with Mick Jagger is an album high point (one can only expect an album of duets from Jerry Lee, Jagger will be forthcoming). Images-2 Other gems include Sweet Virginia with Keith Richards and Will the circle be unbroken with Mavis Staples, Robbie Robertson and Nils Lofgren. Aw hell, every single track on this thing is as authentic as they come.
A free 10-track here and a 19-track version of luxury here. Do yourself a favor and buy the deluxe version. It’s just a few dollars more, but I promise you will not regret. Both are also available on iTunes.
JazzWax clips: Here are three of my favorite clips of Jerry Lee Lewis:
The first is from 1964 in the UK, with Jerry Lee’s favorite singer Elvis, You Win Again …
Here is Jerry Lee in 1983 in London, singing and playing Sweet Georgia Brown. Dig the speed of the hands …
And here is Jerry Lee in London in 1989 singing My Rockin ‘Life Away …
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