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Lewis, Jerry Lee

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Works: 1,434 works in 2,678 publications in 5 languages and 24,423 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Rock music  Drama  Action and adventure films  Film soundtracks  Nonfiction television programs  Concert television programs  Honky-tonk music  Country rock music  Televised performances 
Roles: Performer, Author, Singer, Instrumentalist, Interviewee, Actor, Composer, Commentator, Other, Arranger, Costume designer, Honoree, Musician, Lyricist
Classifications: ML420.L534, 782.42166092
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Last man standing by Jerry Lee Lewis( Sound Recording )
20 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 479 libraries worldwide
It often seems like there are only two ways for rock, country, and blues veterans to launch comebacks when they're senior citizens: confront mortality head on or surround yourself with superstar guests to help carry you through a half-hearted stroll through your back catalog, scattering a few new tunes along the way. At first glance, Jerry Lee Lewis' Last Man Standing seems to fall into both categories: the title suggests that Jerry Lee is in the mood to take a long look back, and certainly the very concept of the album -- pairing Lewis with 21 other stars for a succession of duets, often on material that his guests either wrote or made famous -- seems like a typical superstar duet record. But the Killer has never been predictable, and nowhere is that truer than it is here, where Jerry Lee treats Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, and 16 other stars as he treated the Nashville Teens at {the Star Club in 1964 -- as game amateurs who have to sprint to keep up with the master. This is the only guest-studded superstar album where all the guests bend to the will of the main act, who dominates the proceedings in every conceivable way. Jerry Lee doesn't just run the guests ragged; he turns their songs inside out, too -- and nowhere is that clearer than on the opening "Rock and Roll," the Led Zeppelin classic that is now stripped of its signature riff and sounds as if it were a lost gem dug out of the Sun vaults. Far from struggling with this, Jimmy Page embraces it, following the Killer as he runs off on his own course -- he turns into support, and the rest of other 20 guests follow suit (with the possible exception of Kid Rock, who sounds like the party guest who won't go home on an otherwise strong version of "Honky Tonk Woman"). The label might sell Last Man Standing on the backs of the duet partners -- after all, it's awful hard to drum up interest in a record by a 71-year-old man no matter how great he is, so you need a hook like superstars -- but the album by no stretch of the imagination belongs to them. This is completely Jerry Lee's show from the second that he calls out, "It's been a long time since I rock & rolled," at the beginning of the record -- and those are true words, since he hasn't rocked on record in a long, long time. Ten years ago he cut the Andy Paley-produced Young Blood, but that was a typically tasteful self-conscious comeback record; it was driven as much by the producer's conception of the artist as it was the artist himself. The opposite is true here, where the production is simple and transparent, never interfering with the performances; it has the welcome effect of making it sound like there is simply no way to tame Jerry Lee, even though he's now in his seventies. And that doesn't mean that this is merely a hard-rocking record, although "Rock and Roll," "Pink Cadillac," and "Travelin' Band" do indeed rock harder than anything he's done since the '70s -- so hard that they stand proudly next to his classic Sun records, even if they don't have the unbridled fire of those peerless sides. No, this album touches on everything that Jerry Lee has done musically through his career, as the furious rock & roll is balanced by pure hardcore country, piledriving boogie-woogie, rambling blues, old-timey folk songs, and, especially, reinterpretations of familiar songs that are so thoroughly reimagined they seem like they were written specifically for Jerry Lee. And he does this the same way he's always done it: by singing and playing the hell out of the songs. His phrasing remains original and unpredictable, twisting phrases in unexpected ways -- and, yes, throwing his name into the mix frequently, too -- and his piano is equally vigorous and vital. This is a record that stays true to his music, and in doing so, it's not so much a comeback as it is a summation: a final testament from a true American original, one that explains exactly why he's important. But that makes Last Man Standing sound too serious, as if it were one of those self-consciously morbid Johnny Cash records -- no, this is a record that celebrates life, both in its joys and sorrows, and it's hard not to see it as nothing short of inspiring. Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Shake, rattle and roll rock 'n roll in the 1950s by Bill Haley( Sound Recording )
9 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in Undetermined and English and held by 470 libraries worldwide
25th anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concerts ( visu )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 384 libraries worldwide
This videodisc features live and previously unseen performances, and includes the 2009 celebration of the Hall's silver anniversary, marked by two all-star New York Concerts that aired on HBO. Features U2 performing with Fergie and Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen with John Fogerty, Metallica, Aretha Franklin, and more
Top Gun original motion picture soundtrack by Harold Faltermeyer( Sound Recording )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 340 libraries worldwide
Mean old man by Jerry Lee Lewis( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 328 libraries worldwide
New millennium rock 'n' roll party ( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 321 libraries worldwide
Greatest hits, finest performances by Jerry Lee Lewis( file )
6 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 283 libraries worldwide
Duets by Jerry Lee Lewis( file )
12 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 280 libraries worldwide
Stand by me original motion picture soundtrack by Ben E King( Sound Recording )
7 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 266 libraries worldwide
Rockabilly portrait by Johnny Cash( file )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 266 libraries worldwide
18 original Sun greatest hits by Jerry Lee Lewis( Sound Recording )
12 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 257 libraries worldwide
Jerry Lee Lewis by Jerry Lee Lewis( Sound Recording )
20 editions published between 1970 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 256 libraries worldwide
Great balls of fire by Jerry Lee Lewis( Sound Recording )
65 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 253 libraries worldwide
Jerry Lee's greatest by Jerry Lee Lewis( file )
11 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 246 libraries worldwide
Rock & roll time by Jerry Lee Lewis( Sound Recording )
3 editions published in 2014 in English and German and held by 245 libraries worldwide
One of the greatest rock n' rollers of all time releases a brand new album featuring a star-studded lineup of guests including Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, Ron Wood, Neil Young, Shelby Lynne, and more
High school confidential! by NTA Home Entertainment( visu )
10 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in English and held by 230 libraries worldwide
A tough kid comes to a new high school and begins muscling his way into the drug scene, and the local crime syndicate. Featuring the music of Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Anthony
Outlaws and angels by Willie Nelson( Sound Recording )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 228 libraries worldwide
Sunday down south by Johnny Cash( file )
4 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and German and held by 216 libraries worldwide
Sun's gold hits ( file )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 212 libraries worldwide
Original golden hits by Jerry Lee Lewis( file )
3 editions published in 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 211 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Hawk, The
Jerry Lee
Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
Jerry Lee Lewis Amerikaans zanger
Jerry Lee Lewis amerikanischer Musiker
Jerry Lee Lewis amerikansk sångare, pianist och kompositör
Jerry Lee Lewis amerikansk sanger, pianist og komponist
Jerry Lee Lewis amerikansk songar, pianist og komponist
Jerry Lee Lewis amerykański piosenkarz i pianista
Jerry Lee Lewis cantante e pianista statunitense
Jerry Lee Lewis chanteur américain
Jerry Lee Lewis músico estadounidense
Jerry Lee Lewis with His Pumping Piano
Jerry Lewis
Killer, The
Lewis, Jerry L. 1935-
Lewis, Jerry Lee
Джери Лий Люис
Джеррі Лі Льюїс
Льюис, Джерри Ли
ג'רי לי לואיס
جری لی لوئیس خواننده، پیانیست، و آهنگساز آمریکایی
جيري لي لويس
เจอร์รี ลี ลูวิส
제리 리 루이스
ジェリー・リー・ルイス
杰瑞·李·刘易斯
Languages
English (225)
German (11)
French (5)
Spanish (1)
Dutch (1)
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