Today in Blues History
The original wild man of rock and roll, Jerry Lee Lewis entered the world today in 1935 in Ferriday, LA. The singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, is often known by his nickname, The Killer. A pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly music, Lewis made his first recordings in 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis. Crazy Arms sold 300,000 copies in the South, but it was his 1957 hit Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On that shot Lewis to fame worldwide. He followed this with Great Balls of Fire, Breathless, and High School Confidential. However, Lewis's rock and roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin when he was 22 years old. Lewis was influenced by a piano-playing older cousin, Carl McVoy (who later recorded with Bill Black's Combo), the radio, and the sounds from Haney's Big House, a black juke joint across the tracks.
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_qU29rVAm8