Jerry Lee Lewis Harley Restoration Project
Apr 16, 2012
Son in law Zeke Loftin found it in pieces, molding and rusting in a shed at Jerry Lee's ranch. Now a museum quality restoration is in process. More photos forthcoming as restoration is in progress.
An energized Jerry Lee Lewis rocks the Congress
Dec 4, 2011 By Kevin McKeough, Special to the Tribune
10:02 a.m. CST, December 4, 2011
Midway through his concert at the Congress Theater Saturday night, Jerry Lee Lewis abruptly cut short a rendition of "Rockin' My Life Away" and called over his guitarist and band leader, banging out a chord on his piano as they conferred about something amiss in the music.
It was ominously reminiscent of Chuck Berry's train wreck of a concert at the same venue four weekends shy of a year ago, which began running off the rails when Berry complained about his band being out of tune with him. Given that the 76-year-old Lewis' performance had been rescheduled from this past July due to an illness and started half an hour later than scheduled, not to mention the Killer's legendary temper and mentality, the possibility of another first-generation rock and roll icon meeting his Waterloo at the same hall seemed all too likely.
Fortunately, the interruption had the opposite result. When Lewis resumed, the sometimes severe pitch problems that had been evident in his singing up until then vanished, and an already credible show gained strength and force as it built to the torrid finale of his 1957 double-barrel blast, "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On."
Lewis has been an indifferent performer at times in the past – including his last Chicago show a distant 13 years ago – but as his concern for his tuning showed, this night found him energized and engaged in his music.
His clamorous playing was thrilling as he drove his songs' boogie rhythms with rumbling left hand bass patterns while his right hand wreaked all matter of havoc. Lewis' voice has deepened, thickened and flattened with age, and even after staying on key he sang more like an authoritative elder than the lascivious wild man of old, but his timing remained as wicked as ever.
Backed by a fine four-man band that subtly stoked the rhythms and added twanging guitar solos, Lewis ranged from cocky ("Before the Night Is Over") to sorrowful ("She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye") to resolute ("Trouble in Mind").
If his kicking over his piano bench as he rose at the end of his set seemed a perfunctory piece of showmanship, there was no doubting his sincere pride and excitement as Lewis crossed his arms across his chest or waved them in the air at the ends of songs, not so much a lion in winter as one still on the prowl.
JERRY LEE LEWIS LATEST MILESTONE
Nov 1, 2011 There is a “whole lotta shakin’ going on” in the digital download music video world.
Jerry Lee Lewis’s 1964 live performance of “Whole Lotta Shakin’” is the 100th music video released from DVS ( DIGITAL VIDEO SINGLES) and available on the iTunes stores worldwide.
DVS is a new music video label—where people worldwide can digitally download classic and memorable live performances from the history of pop music, available on the iTunes store.
The “soundtrack of their lives” right on their own mobile devices.
DVS’s first videos release was Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm,” linking the birth of electronic pop with the inauguration of a new music video product—from going electric to going digital.
It was appropriate that the release of the 100th digital video single would be identified with one of music’s greatest live performers---Jerry Lee Lewis. It joins a long and diverse list of other DVS songs--- covering the music world of pop and rock ( The Moody Blues, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, George Harrison, Phil Collins, Iggy Pop, Paul McCartney, Santana, Jack Bruce); R&B and Soul (Otis Redding, Four Tops, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, Smokie Robinson), and blues ( Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters).
The release on iTunes of 5 of the songs from Jerry Lee Lewis’s March 19, 1964 live performance on UK’s Granada TV’s Casson’s and Hamp’s specials—marks another important milestone in the world of classic live music videos.
These iconic performances, many rarely or never seen before, are part of an effort to “re-invent” music videos, by focusing on the pre-MTV videos located in television archives, private collections and in some cases, personal archives. Pop history revisited, your favorite songs available in best quality digital video and stereo sound on your computer, your mobile phone or portable tablets.
These rare live videos celebrate Jerry Lee at the height of his European tour of 1964. Backed by the Nashville Teens, these performances were a musical rehearsal for the acclaimed performances in Hamburg, Germany, less than 2 weeks later.
Now available on the iTunes store are 6 of these songs, all of which were on the “Live At The Star Club, Hamburg” album, regarded by many of as one the greatest rock and roll albums of all time.
The songs: “Great Balls of Fire, “ “You Win Again,” High School Confidential,” “I’m On Fire,” “Your Cheating Heart,” and “Whole Lotta Shaking Going On,” show Jerry Lee at the top of his performance game—they are all there—the extended versions, the manic energy, the raw, pounding attacks on the piano, the engagement with a wildly appreciative British audience—and the combined power of the music and the physical environment, make for one of the most exciting live recordings of these iconic tunes. Now available for digital download on the iTunes store. www.iTunes.com/LegendaryVideos
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