Great Balls of Fire! – Jerry Lee Lewis

jerrylee6  I never liked his hair.  Just saying.  But, wow, can he rock!  They don’t call him The Killer, for nothing.  The Fireball from Ferriday came out banging on his piano, standing and pounding the keys, standing on top of it, whatever it took.

High School Confidential

Goodness gracious! Great balls of fire!   You broke my will, but what a thrill.  You leave me breathless-ah.  Everybodys hoppin’, everybody’s boppin’, you’re much too much, I can’t love you enough.  Whole lotta’ shakin’ going on.  And, what made Milwaukee famous has made a big fool out of me.

jerrylee8  Great Balls of Fire

His parents mortgaged the farm to buy him a piano.  With Elvis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash, he helped put Sun Records on the map.  He was playing the Devil’s music, according to his parents and his cousin, Jimmy Swaggert.  He thought so, too, but it didn’t seem to bother him.

After some developments a lot of people didn’t like, his rock and roll career took a dive, but he resurrected himself by going back to his roots and became a country music star.

Another Place, Another Time

He is a wildman and leads a wild life.  He’s been married seven times.  The first was when he was 14, to an older woman.  Alcohol, pills, women, a couple of guns, ulcers, troubles with the IRS, late nights, and, as we say now, anger-management issues have taken their toll, but he is out there still, touring, recording, and just being Jerry Lee.


Things are never simple and important messengers aren’t always angels.  But that music!  It rocks.  He plays like crazy.  He’s a solid sender, a character.  An independent outlaw, a primal force, an unrepentant bad boy, and a snake, charming us all.  All that stuff is part of the rock and roll spirit, though a little goes a long ways.  It’s true for all kinds of artists – they may produce great work, but I don’t want them living upstairs.  Selective ignorance may itself be an art.


But this is putting too much thinking on it.  I’d rather get up and dance!  Shake, baby, shake!


About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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One Response to Great Balls of Fire! – Jerry Lee Lewis

  1. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks Ted. JLL is force of nature! You can never have too many of his records. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (where the Killer is sure to feature).

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