Jerry Lee Lewis – Live In London – 1964 – Past Daily Backstage Pass – Tribute Edition

Jerry Lee Lewis – wildest man in Rock n’ Roll.

Jerry Lee Lewis – Live in London – Grenada Television – March 19, 1964 – Jerry Lee Lewis YouTube channel

With the passing of Jerry Lee Lewis earlier this week, I think it’s safe to say that most of the witnesses to the birth of Rock n’ Roll are no longer with us. The true Wild Man of Rock n’ Roll has left us and left the world a little poorer.

So I thought it would be fitting to run a concert, as a way of introducing those readers who may not know who Jerry Lee Lewis is (and let’s face it – there are undoubtedly more who don’t know him than do in 2022), to get some idea of the sheer white-hot energy this artist exuded from his fingers and to understand why early Rock n’ Roll is important to be familiar with. If you’re going to play it, you might as well know where it came from and who was responsible.

So I was faced with the task of digging out one of his many concerts over the years. Everything seemed to start in the 1980s, still vital but kind of phoned-in. Jerry Lee Lewis must have performed Great Balls Of Fire a few million times over the course of his lifetime. So finding a performance that held that spark, that fire that exploding energy was going to be hard. Luckily, I was able to run across an excellent sounding recorded by way of Grenada TV during one of his many European tours in the 1960s. This was recorded on March 19, 1964 and it fills the bill nicely. It’s one of those performances where the audience gets to be up-close and the energy exchange is more than palpable, it winds up being one of the best performances captured live.

It’s only around nineteen minutes – but it’s non-stop and it fairly pulses through your fingertips. This is vintage Jerry Lee Lewis – searing hot and take-no-prisoners. The Jerry Lee Lewis who will be missed but who made a lasting impact and who will serve as the blazing example of why giving 110% is important as an artist.

It doesn’t get a whole lot better than this whole lotta shakin’ goin on.


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