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December 30, 2006


Groot artikel over Jerry in de Telegraaf

 In de bijlage 'TV Weekeinde'  van de Telegraaf van vandaag staat  een groot artikel over Jerry.

December 28, 2006

Last Man Standing still high in Billboard Independent Charts

 Jerry's new CD Last Man Standing has been on Billboard´s Top Independent Albums for 13 weeks in a row now and will be on #14  in the first week of January 2007.

December 17, 2006

Short  report of show in Durant, Oklahoma (December 15)

Thanks to Peter  Hayman:

"Jerry played a 53 minute show in Durant. There was a large crowd of several thousands. He was on very good form, did not talk a lot between  numbers and just got on with the show. His piano playing was outstanding  on several of the numbers and his singing was great too. Numbers included That  Kind Of Fool (great piano), A Couple More Years, You Win Again (in F), She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye, Sweet Little Sixteen (twice!), Before The Night Is Over, No Headstone On My Grave,  You  Belong To Me, Great Balls Of Fire, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Roll Over Beethoven, Why You Been Gone So Long. The  sound was  very good at the venue. We could hear every note Jerry played and his  voice came over great too. It was good to hear him play several numbers  from the new CD. The crowd undoubtedly went away happy."

Read Peter Hayman's full report in fanzine Fire Ball Mail.

Jerry Lee Lewis in Durant, OK (December 15, 2006)
Picture: Linda Scott
Pictures section for more  pictures of this show.


December 15, 2006

Jerry on Sirius Radio

Jerry's interview with 'Sirius Satellite Radio'  (taped on November 30) will be broadcast several times this week. See for details.

Short  report of Norfolk show (December 13)

Thanks to Peter Hayman:

"Jerry was in good shape and played a fine 50 min+ show. Numbers included What's Made Milwaukee Famous, Another Place Another Time, Mexicali Rose, Roll Over Beethoven (in C), You Win Again (in F), Sweet Little Sixteen, Before The Night Is Over, I Don't Want To Be Lonely  Tonight (with two "different" piano breaks), Lewis Boogie (good long  version with 2 solos by Jerry), Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Great Balls Of Fire (long version). Jerry was enjoying himself. The atmosphere was a little lacking compared with most shows, with a small crowd of less than 400 at the "private" gig."

December 14, 2006

Last Man Standing nominated for Blues Music Award

Jerry's new CDLast Man Standing is nominated for a Blues  Music Award in the category "Comeback Album of the Year". The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Memphis on May 10, 2007. See the website of the Blues Foundation for a complete list of the  nominees.

 Kaartverkoop show Eindhoven (17 maart 2007) begonnen

De kaartverkoop voor Jerry's show in Eindhoven op 17 maart 2007 begint vandaag! Tickets zijn te bestellen via of  tel. 040-2442020. Zie ook dit persbericht.

December 10, 2006

No GRAMMY  nomination

Despite the success and the rave reviews of Last Man Standing, Jerry has not been nominated for the  the 49th Annual  GRAMMY Awards. The full list of nominees can be found here. In February 2005 Jerry received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jerry in Revolver Magazine

In het nieuwe Revolver Magazine (januari/februari 2007) staat een twee pagina's tellend artikel over  Jerry.

December 8, 2006

 Kaartverkoop show Brussel reeds gestart

De kaartverkoop voor Jerry's concert in Brussel op 15 maart is reeds gestart. Zie

December 7, 2006

 Kaartverkoop show Eindhoven start 14 december

De kaartverkoop voor Jerry's concert in het Indoor Sportcentrum te Eindhoven op zaterdag 17 maart 2007 start donderdag 14 december. De tickets zullen worden verkocht via Ticketservice en de kassa van Muziekcentrum Frits Philips (tel. 040-2442020).

Klik hier voor het persbericht.

December 2, 2006

Podcast of radio special

The 2 hours special radio broadcast from last  Thursday on Classic 21 (Belgium) is now available on podcast:

December 1, 2006

Jerry  terug naar Nederland!

Als onderdeel van de Europese tour in  februari en maart 2007 zal Jerry ook Nederland aandoen. Voor zaterdag 17 maart staat een optreden gepland in het Indoor-Sportcentrum te Eindhoven. Zodra meer informatie bekend is, zal dat uiteraard op deze  website vermeld worden. Zie de Concerts section voor een overzicht van de gehele tour.

Another  new show in European tour

 Eindhoven (Netherlands), March 17.  See Concerts section for an overview of the  entire tour.


November 30, 2006


New shows in Paris and Brussels

According to our friends from theFrench website, Jerry will play the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France on March 12, 2007. Another show has been scheduled for Brussels, Belgium on March 15. See Concerts section for an  overview.

November 29, 2006

New show in Scandinavian tour

New show in Scandinavian tour: Oslo, March 2, 2007. See Concerts section.

Report of Jerry's appearance on MSNBC's Today Show

Thanks to  Paul MacPhail:

"Jerry ended Today with "Rock 'n' Roll" from the new album. Matt Lauer had a brief interview with the Killer, who was at piano in studio  dressed in beautiful black suit, white shirt, red necktie, backed by his 5 piece band all dressed in black. His black shoes were glossy. He looked great and smiled and kidded around with show host Matt. He rocked in true fashion with great piano licks on the lead song from the album. They showed the cover blow-up on t-v of the new disc."

Jerry Lee Lewis on the Today Show  (November 29, 2006)

November 28, 2006

Nederlandse vertaling artikel Rolling Stone nu in Humo

Het  artikel over Jerry dat enige tijd geleden in de Rolling Stone verscheen (zie nieuws van 28 oktober) is deze week in  Nederlandse vertaling verschenen in het Belgische tijdschrift Humo.

November 24, 2006

Article in London Times

There is a big article on Jerry in today's London Times.

Another show in Sweden

Another show has been added to Jerry's Scandinavian tour: Gothenburg, Sweden on March 9, 2007. See Concerts section for details.

Impression of Anaheim show (November 22)

Thanks to Peter  Hayman:

"Jerry played a 53 minute show at the House Of Blues. He wasn't rocking at his hardest or playing the most piano that I have  seen, although the climax was good and included the long "Great Balls Of  Fire". But the show did include "A Couple More Years" and "Hang Up My Rock 'n' Roll Shoes". Jerry looked cool, dressed in black and seemed to  be happy and enjoying himself. He left the audience screaming for   more."

Read his full report in fan magazine Fire Ball Mail.

November 23, 2006

Jerry back in Europe: Copenhagen

Jerry is scheduled to play in  Copenhagen, Denmark on February 28, 2007. Tickets are already on sale.  See Concerts section for details.

November 22, 2006

Jerry back in Europe: Stockholm

According to this Swedish website Jerry wll play in Stockholm, Sweden on March 7, 2007. Tickets are already on sale. See Concerts section for details.

Report of Jerry's appearance on Jay Leno show yesterday night

 Thanks to Jim McKenna:

"There was almost no time left in the show. Leno had the album cover in front of him and said that this album had more members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than any other album in history! He then introduced Kid and JLL. Jerry Lee handled the opening, half-spoken,  verse of Honky Tonk Women looking sharp and alert. One had the sense  that once he was warmed up his voice would be in fine form. Kid handled the next verse. It looked like the usual members of the band were all there along with Jimmy Rip. There were female back-up singers  and the band was joining in too. After Kid's verse JLL did a very good  piano run and it was starting to rock. JLL smiled plenty for the cameras. They went into the refrain - gimme, gimmme, gimme, etc.  and it was over. JLL all smiles; good audience reaction; Leno rushed  over to shake hands; cut to commercial; done.

I wanted a lot more but this one still came off very well. Maybe it left thousands of others wanting more and they will buy the album."

Jerry Lee Lewis and Kid Rock on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (November 21, 2006)


November 18, 2006

Several TV appearances coming weeks

As announcedearlier on this website, Jerry will appear on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno on November 21. He will perform with Kid  Rock.

On November 29, Jerry will appear on MSNBC's Today Show.

Jerry talks about future plans in Billboard article

In an interview with Billboard Jerry and producer Jimmy Rip talk about several future releases: the TV special they have recently taped in New  York and Los Angeles (see Reports  section) will be broadcast and released on DVD next year. Additional  interviews with the performers and footage from the sessions for Last Man Standing album will be incorporated into the DVD. According to Jimmy Rip there's also another full album ready to go, mostly without guests and "still very stripped down, just like Last Man Standing". Jerry's next priority is a gospel album.

November 14, 2006

Feature  article on Jerry in Mojo magazine

The issue of music magazineMojo with a feature  article on Jerry, written by Andrew Perry, is now also available in  shops outside the UK.

Seventy-one but older in drug years, cursed by God and the taxman to  rock 'til he drops, Jerry Lee Lewis is the howling, piano-humping, undead fiend with the most hair-raising tale in music. But is 'The Killer' saved or damned? And does he give two hoots either way? Andrew Perry enters the court of The Last Man Standing.

November 12, 2006

Musical on "Million Dollar Quartet" in Florida

Last Friday  night was the premiere of a musical inspired by the "Million Dollar Quartet", the  famous  impromptu jam session between Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash at the Sun Studio on December 4, 1956. The  musical, played by the Seaside Music Theater in Daytona Beach,  will run until December 4. See this review in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The Million Dollar Quartet:
Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash

November 10, 2006

Last Man Standing blijft klimmen

Last Man Standing springt in de Mega Album Top 100   van #100 naar #63.
Op de
Droomlijst, de alternatieve Top 40 van muziekhandel Van Leest, is de cd geklommen van #12 naar #9.

Zie de
Benelux-pagina voor meer informatie over de ontvangst van de cd in de Benelux.

November 8, 2006

 Speciale pagina geopend over de ontvangst van Last Man Standing in de Benelux

Er is nu eenspeciale pagina geopend met een aantal feiten over de ontvangst van Jerry´s nieuwe cd in de lage landen. Heb je aanvullingen? Mail deze dan

November 5, 2006

Report last night's show

A report of last night's show in Owensboro, KY has been added to theReports section.

November 4, 2006

Last Man Standing in Belgische en Nederlandse hitlijsten

Last Man Standing is inmiddels ook op de Belgische hitlijsten binnengekomen. In de Waalse  editie van de Ultratop Album Charts is de cd op #59 binnengekomen; in de  Vlaamse editie op #96.

 Op de Droomlijst van muziekhandel Van Leest is Last Man Standing inmiddels geklommen naar #12. Op de "Scherpe  rand van platenland" (verkopen in popspeciaalzaken) staat de cd  momenteel op #21.

November 2, 2006

Show in  Burgettstown, PA (December 1) cancelled

The show at the Pepsi Cola Roadhouse in Burgettstown, PA, scheduled for December 1, has been  cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

November 1, 2006

Television premiere of "Pink Cadillac" video on CMT tomorrow

Jerry's new  animated music video for "Pink Cadillac" (the duet with Bruce  Springsteen on Last Man Standing) makes its  world television premiere Thursday (Nov. 2) on CMT's Top Twenty Countdown. See the CMT website for more information.

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Official press release:






LOS ANGELES, CA  OCTOBER 30, 2006—  Four weeks after the very successful release of Jerry Lee Lewis’ newest  studio album in over ten years, Last Man Standing,CMT will exclusively broadcast the premiere of the album’s Pink Cadillac music video on November 2nd.  This brilliantly animated video will play frequently throughout November 2 – 4, only on CMT’s Wide Open Country segment of the Top 20 Countdown.  The video will make its online debut at midnight beginning October 30th on Y! Music

 Lewis’ critically acclaimed album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top  Independent Album Chart, at #4 on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart and at #26 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart in the first week of its release.  The star-studded album, which features 15 members of the Rock  ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame including Lewis himself, has shipped over 175 thousand units and hit #6 on the Americana Radio Charts.  This 71  year-old founding father of rock ‘n’ roll known as The Killer is back.

 Last Man Standing has been widely praised: “Jerry Lee Lewis reinforces his status as one of rock 'n' roll's founding fathers” according to Vanity Fair; Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times raves “[Jimmy Rip and Steve Bing] succeeded in capturing him sounding more feisty and singularly expressive at 70 than anyone could reasonably imagine” and Jon Pareles of the New  York Times says, “The album is packed with rock-star  guests…and Mr. Lewis easily dominates them all."  Chuck Young writes inRolling Stone,  “The only guy in all of music who makes Keith Richards look about as dangerous as  Jessica Simpson, the Killer continues to rage into the night" and Edna  Gundersen of USA Today praises "On Standing, the  tenacious Lewis still sounds like a swaggering, defiant champion with no intention of relinquishing his belt anytime soon." 

 In support of his album, Lewis has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman along with duet partner Neil Young, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien,  on Don Imus’ syndicated radio show and MSNBC Live Show, performed at this year’s FarmAidbenefit concertas well as gave three rare in store performances in New York, Los  Angeles and Memphis.  He also appeared on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and Indie 103.1’s Jonesy’s Jukebox as well as NPR’s World Café.  Lewis is scheduled to appear on The Today  Show on November 29th and on The Tonight Show on  November 21st.

 Lewis’ 1957 hit Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On” has also been selected as a historical recording to be issued into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.  Each year, the  National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress selects 50  recordings that are believed to be ‘culturally, historically, or  aesthetically significant’ to preserver forever.  This year, Lewis  recording is in the company of Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 album Are You Experienced.  On Saturday, October 28th, PBS kicked off a five part series  about five of the fifty recordings for the 2005 Registry entrants with a  special about Lewis’ recording,

 The highly  anticipated new studio album from mythic rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee  Lewis, Last Man Standing,  was released on September 26th featuring a dream roster of guest artists.  Jimmy Rip and Steve Bing produced Lewis’ newest CD for Shangri-La EntertainmentJeff Ayeroff’s ArtistsFirst music label released the CD with distribution by ADA/Warner Music Group.

Superstar artists  performing duets with Jerry Lee Lewis on Last Man Standing are: Jimmy Page ("Rock and Roll"), B.B. King ("Before The Night Is  Over"), Bruce Springsteen ("Pink Cadillac"), Mick Jagger on vocals and  Ronnie Wood on pedal steel guitar ("Evening Gown"), Neil Young ("You  Don't Have To Go"), Robbie Robertson ("Twilight"), John Fogerty ("Travelin' Band"), Keith Richards ("That Kind of Fool"), Ringo Starr on vocals ("Sweet Little Sixteen"), Rod Stewart ("What's Made Milwaukee Famous"), Toby Keith ("Ol' Glory"), Eric Clapton ("Trouble In Mind"), George Jones ("Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age"), Willie Nelson (“A Couple  More Years”), Buddy Guy (“Hadacol Boogie”), Don Henley (“That’s What  Makes The Irish Heart Beat”), Kris Kristofferson (“The Pilgrim: Chapter  33”), Kid Rock (“Honky Tonk Woman”), Little Richard ("I Saw Her Standing  There"), Merle Haggard (“Just-a-Bummin” Around”), and Delaney Bramlett  ("Lost Highway").



October 28, 2006


Last Man Standing binnengekomen op Mega Album Top 100 + Rolling Stone  nu in de winkel

Jerry's  nieuwe cd Last Man Standing, die vorige week  in de Benelux is uitgebracht, is vandaag binnengekomen op #97 in de Mega  Album Top 100.

Het nummer van muziekblad Rolling Stone met een zeven  pagina's tellend artikel over Jerry is nu verkrijgbaar in Nederland.


Rolling Stone, Issue 1011, October 19, 2006. Klik hier voor een voorpublicatie.

October 27, 2006

Broadcast of PBS special set back to March 2007

According to the PBS website the episode of "Great Performances" featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, originally scheduled for December, has been set back to March 2007. The performances for this TV special were taped a few weeks ago in New York and L.A. Among the guest  artists who contributed to the special are Ronnie Wood, Norah Jones, Solomon Burke, Tom Jones, John Fogerty and Merle Haggard. See theReports section for reports of  the taping in New York and this article for a report of the taping in L.A. The performances  will also appear on DVD.

October 26, 2006

New show scheduled

Grand Prairie, TX (March 30, 2007). See Concerts section.

Media-aandacht voor Last Man Standing

Vanaf maandag 30 oktober tot en met zondag 5 november is Jerry's nieuwe cd Last Man Standing de 'Radio 2 cd'. Gedurende deze week zal er elke twee uur opRadio 2 een nummer  van de cd gedraaid worden. Verder zal er op 9 november aandacht geschonken worden aan de cd in het Radio 2-programma Theater van het Sentiment. Afgelopen week was Last Man Standing de  'week cd' in het radioprogrammaAmerican Connection, dat wordt uitgezonden op de Concertzender en Radio 2.

October 25, 2006

Tickets for "Legends of Rock 'n' Roll" in Las Vegas (February 1, 2007) now on sale

On February 1, 2007, a "Legends of Rock 'n'  Roll" show will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  The show features James Brown, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley,  Mary Wilson and Booker T. & The MGs. Tickets are on sale through


October 24, 2006

New show scheduled

French Lick, IN (February 17, 2007). See Concerts section.

Ringo Starr  talks about Last Man Standing

Watch a video of Ringo Starr discussing Jerry's new CD Last Man Standing  He is one of the 22 guest artists on the CD, duetting with Jerry on "Sweet Little Sixteen".


October 23, 2006

Short report last Saturday's Vegas show

 Last Saturday Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry performed at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Bob Trepanier witnessed the show:

 "Jerry Lee came on first as usual. I was impresssed that he walked on and off the stage without help and looked very steady on his feet. He  opened with an extended version of "Down the line". He looked and sounded better than I have seen him recently, better than the San Bernadino show and his recent TV appearance. He alternated between rock and country, not  doing any of the new CD`s songs. At one point he asked Kenny "what song should I do now?" and said "that's a great one" and then played a rippin' version of Mexicali Rose, remarking at the end it was faster than Gene Autry`s version. He closed with GBOF, kicking back the piano bench and walking off the stage. Very good show all in all."

Set list:

 1) Down The Line
2) No One Will Ever Know
3) Mexicali Rose
4) Over The Rainbow
5) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
6) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
7) Great Balls Of Fire

October 22, 2006

Hollywood performance (October 12) this week on Great American Country channel

 Jerry's performance at the Virgin Megastore in Hollywood (see news ofOctober 13) will be featured on the program  "Country Music Across America" in the US on the Great American Country channel. The program will be on for most of this week. See their website for the schedule.

October 21, 2006

New shows scheduled

Anaheim, CA (November 22) and New Orleans, LA (April 29, 2007). See Concerts section.

October 20, 2006

Jerry to appear on Tonight Show with Jay Leno in November

Jerry is scheduled for NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno on November 21.

Last Man Standing in diverse Nederlandse hitlijsten

Last Man Standing is inmiddels in diverse Nederlandse hitlijsten terug te vinden:


In de tweede week geklommen van #25 naar #15 op de "Scherpe  rand van platenland" (verkopen in popspeciaalzaken)


Op #36 binnengekomen op deDroomlijst van muziekhandel Van Leest

October 19, 2006

Last Man Standing op 20 oktober uitgebracht in de Benelux!

Morgen zal Jerry's nieuwe cd Last Man  Standing officieel worden uitgebracht in België, Nederland en Luxemburg door Go Entertainment. De recensies stromen inmiddels binnen en zijn  overwegend zeer positief, zoals inDe Morgen ("De  spectaculaire terugkeer van rocker Jerry Lee Lewis"), Humo ("een  fantastische duettenplaat")  en Het Parool. In het tijdschrift Nieuwe Revu is Last Man Standing cd  van de week. Ook hierin eenrecensie. Inmiddels is het album in diverse Europese landen al binnengekomen op de albumhitlijsten, bijvoorbeeld op nr. 7 inZweden en nr. 26 in Noorwegen.

Speciale aanbieding voor de Jerry Lee Lewis-fans:

Op wordt Last Man Standing speciaal  voor de fans aangeboden tegen de verlaagde prijs van 15 euro. Klik hier om de cd te bestellen!

October 18, 2006

"Lewis Boogie" featured in Dancing with the Stars

"Lewis Boogie”, an original composition by Jerry Lee Lewis, was a featured song on the hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars” on the ABC television  network.  The segment of the show in which Lewis Boogie appeared  included the dance routine of Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time rushing  leader.

Video of Jerry Lee Lewis and Kid Rock  playing "Honky Tonk Woman" now on

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October 13, 2006

Video of Jerry performing in Hollywood yesterday

Jerry performed at the Virgin Megastore in Hollywood yesterday to promote his new albumLast Man Standing. Hundreds of people cheered  him on in an open court yard. He played Roll Over Beethoven, Sweet Little Sixteen, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and Great Balls Of Fire. Watch a video of his performance on


Jerry Lee  Lewis at the Virgin Megastore in Hollywood (October 12, 2006)
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Session with Merle Haggard for new DVD

Jerry, Merle Haggard,  Kenny Lovelace and Jimmy Rip had an intimate filming sitting around the piano and playing lots of old songs for the new PBS DVD. According to Jimmy Rip Merle and Jerry were "in top form".

October 12, 2006

New shows scheduled

Norfolk, VA (December 13) and Airway Heights, WA (January 14, 2007). See Concerts section.

Jerry's appearance at L.A. record store live on internet tonight

 Jerry's appearance at the "Hollywood & Highland Virgin Megastore" will  be live on 'Indie 103.1' tonight! It'll be on 6pm Californian Time, which is 2am (02.00) UK Time and 3am (03.00) Central European

Radio interview with Jerry on World Cafe website

Go to this website to listen to an interview with Jerry for the  Philadelphia radio show "World Cafe with David Dye", broadcast earlier today.

Current chart positions of Last Man Standing

Billboard 200 album chart:  #41
Billboard, sector Country: #8
Billboard, sector Independent: #1

(See for more information.)

Top sellers  online stores: #15 #12

Shooting for PBS show finished in L.A.

Jerry finished shooting the DVD in L.A. with guest appearences by  Kris Kristofferson, John Fogerty, Ivan Neville and Stacy Michelle.
Thanks to TEX (The Travelin' Man) for passing this news on.

October 10, 2006

Jerry to promote Last Man Standing at record store in L.A. this  Thursday

 This Thursday Jerry will perform at the Virgin Megastore in L.A. to promote his new CD Last Man Standing. Show starts at 6.00 pm.

Jerry to appear on radio show this Thursday

This Thursday Jerry  will also be on the Philadelphia radio showWorld Cafe with David Dye.

October 7, 2006

More filming for PBS special

 Jerry flies out to L.A. tomorrow for more filming for thePBS special with Kris Kristofferson and one other guest, and to do another record shop promotion.

October 6, 2006

SeePictures section for pictures  of appearances at David Letterman and Conan O'Brien.


Last Man Standing to be released in Europe in third week of October

 Jerry's new cd Last Man Standing will be released in many European countries in the third week of October. Among  these countries are the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg (October 20, by Go Entertainment), the UK (October 23, by Artful Records) and Germany (October 27 byEdel Records).

October 5, 2006

Message from Jimmy Rip, producer of Last Man Standing,  and  Kenny Lovelace:

To all you Killer fans .........

Well , in the first week of release in the US, Last Man Standing and Jerry have gone above and beyond our wildest expectations! We have debuted at #26 on the Billboard Magazine Top 200 CD'S and it's the #1  independent CD in America!! It's being played on hundreds of radio  stations across the country and has received universal rave reviews in The New York Times, Rolling Stone (check out the new HOT issue), USA Today and countless other major publications!!! But best of all is the way this is affecting Jerry Lee, I've never seen him happier. We're  almost finished shooting a huge DVD/TV special for the end of the year release. It will include all new LIVE duets with Jerry and Tom Jones,  Don Henley, Nora Jones, Ronnie Wood, Solomon Burke, Kid Rock, Chris Isaac, Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, archival footage, interviews and many  more surprises. All of this has given Jerry more energy and smiles than I've seen in 5 years!!! He's becoming, as he puts it, "THE GREAT BALLS  OF FIRE Jerry Lee again."

Kenny and I are writing to ya'll to thank you and to let you know that the record will be out in Europe the third week of October. Sorry you  had to wait, but we had to make distribution deals territory by territory, I think the record distribution people have been taken by surprise at the enormous demand for the CD .....but we all knew didn’t we ?????

Kenny and I would also like everyone over there to help us out and URGE  anyone you know in the US to get out and buy the record TODAY's  so important to not let this incredible momentum we've got going slow down........

Thank you all so much
Jimmy Rip
Kenny Lovelace

Last Man Standing op 20 oktober uitgebracht in Nederland!

 Jerry's nieuwe cd "Last Man Standing", die momenteel in de VS hoge  posities bereikt op de hitlijsten, zal op 20 oktober officieel in Nederland worden uitgebracht. De cd zal worden gedistribueerd door Go Entertainment.
Aanstaande zaterdag zullen nummers van het album op  de Nederlandse radio te horen zijn in het  Radio 2-programma
De strepen van Spits, gepresenteerd door Frits Spits.

Jerry on Late Night with Conan O'Brien tonight

Tonight Jerry Lee Lewis  is the musical guest on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Chart positions of Last Man Standing

Billboard 200 album chart:  #26 with 34,000 units sold
Billboard, sector Country: #4
Billboard, sector Rock: #8
Billboard, sector Independent: #1('Hot Shot')

(See for more information.)

Top sellers  online stores: #2 #8

October 4, 2006

New album promo for Last Man Standing

Watch a new album promo  for Last Man Standing set to Pink Cadillac - the duet with Bruce  Springsteen:

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Jerry on Late Show with David Letterman tonight

Tonight Jerry Lee Lewis  and Neil Young are the musical guests on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman.

October 3, 2006

Jerry to be honored on Blues Ball in Memphis, October 7

This Saturday, October 7, Jerry will be honored on the Blues Ball 2006 in Memphis, TN, to celebrate his 50th anniversary in  Rock 'n' Roll.



Jerry on Imus in the Morning

Today Jerry was the musical guest  on MSNBC'sImus in  the Morning. He was interviewed by host Don Imus and played the following songs:

Roll Over Beethoven
A Couple More Years
Before The Night Is Over
Great Balls Of Fire
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

Tomorrow Jerry will appear on theLate Show with David Letterman, together with Neil Young.

Jerry Lee Lewis on Imus in the Morning (October 3, 2006)

October 1, 2006

Short  report of yesterday's Farm Aid show

Jerry performed at Farm Aid 2006 in Camden, NJ yesterday. He started  his set with "Roll Over Beethoven". Then he went into "Bright Lights Big City", which is a bonus track for Last Man Standing at Walmart. During  the song, Jerry stood up, strutted across the stage, then put his foot  up on the keys, stretched right out and carried on singing and played a few notes with his foot. Then Willie Nelson came on and together they  played "Jambalaya". Jerry continued with "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and closed his set with (a short version of) "Great Balls Of Fire".

Pictures section, and for pictures of this show.

Amateur video of Bright Lights, Big City:

Amateur video of Great Balls Of Fire:

Jerry Lee  Lewis at Farm Aid 2006 in Camden, NJ (September 30, 2006)
Picture: Kay Martin
Pictures section for more  pictures of this show.


SeeReports section for all details on the taping  of PBS show (September 28 and 29).


  September 30, 2006


Report of yesterday's second taping of PBS show

Don Gervasi:

"It was Jerry's birthday and Willie Nelson kicked  things off by singing "Happy Birthday" to Jerry. Jerry played "Shave  and a haircut , two bits" after the song. Then they did duets to "A Couple More Years", "I'll Fly Away" and "Jambalaya". Willie then left  the stage and the Killer played and sang a few with Kenny Lovelace and  Jimmy Rip and the band. One of the Neville's was playing a keyboard  insturment behind Jerry. Jerry did "Lucky Old Sun" (just him and Kenny) and then with the band: "Roll over Beethoven", "Lucille", "Lewis Boogie", "Chantilly Lace", "Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave" and  "Great Balls Of Fire".

And then they switched piano stools from the padded stool to a traditional stool. Are you wondering why? We all know why! Jerry did "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", stood up, kicked the piano stool, played  awhile standing up and rock and rolled his way off stage like in days of  old. This was another great show."

Video of KCRW broadcast

Yesterday, on the Killer's birthday, was the broadcast of Jerry's performance at KCRW Radio. He played:

Roll Over Beethoven
Trouble In Mind
Sweet Little Sixteen
Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave
Before The Night Is Over
Why You Been Gone So Long

After Headstone Jerry was interviewed by host Nic Harcourt. You can  watch a video of the broadcast on theKCRW website.

September 29, 2006

It's Jerry's 71st birthday today!

Reports of last night's taping of PBS show

Don Gervasi:

 "Jerry performed with Kenny Lovelace, Jimmy Rip, a drummer, keyboard, guitar player and steel guitar. Jerry sang at least two songs each with  the following guest artists for the taping of a future PBS special.  Jerry was in great form and it was a very special,exciting event.   Jerry did duets with:

Don Henley
Chris Isaac
Solomon Burke
Norah Jones
Tom Jones
Buddy Guy
Kid Rock

Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones played guitar through most of the show. It was a great show. And I am not kidding when I say great! We were  fortunate to be right near the stage. Jerry seemed relaxed and in good spirits. They ran through each song twice and got it down pat. Its a HIT!"

Kay Martin:

"You will all understand (I hope) that I was having such a GREAT TIME that I didn't take notes. I thought I would remember everything, but some of the song titles have faded from my brain.... Bad news, regardless that I had been told that I could use my  digital camera, the director said anyone using a camera would be  ejected. Cecil, however, being "family" was allowed to use his little  disposable with flash. PBS and the record company had hired photogs who were snapping away like crazy. I was told some of the shots could appear on (hope I remember THAT correctly as I didn't write that down either). The director said that the finished PBS Great Performances special will probably be 90 minutes, but he didn't have an  air date yet.

Jerry took 10-15 minute breaks between some of the segments. His voice was terrific. The piano playing was thunderous and savage. He took short sips of water to keep his throat in tune. Jerry stayed in charge of each segment, along with Jimmy Rip. Usually the first run-through of each song was a "rehearsal" and the second "take" was a keeper. I think only one needed to be done a third time because of technical audio problems.  I'll get more info later, but here anyway is as much as I recall now:

Ronnie Wood was featured on guitar in each segment. The other musicians on stage were Nils Lofgren, Hutch Hutchinson, Jim Keltner, Jimmy Rip, Kenny Lovelace (sitting down through most of the show), an organ player, a steel guitar player, and two female background singers. I know there was someone else whose name I did not get. I'll try to fill in those blanks tonight.

Don Henley was first. He was on stage when Jerry arrived. Jerry  sang "You Win Again" with him and another title.... Solomon Burke,  an extremely large man who uses a wheel chair, needed a ramp to get up  on stage. He sat in a HUGE wooden armchair next to the piano. The first song was a country number (?), but then they did "Who Will The Next Fool Be." I began doubting whether they could pull it off, because Jerry  always told me he couldn't remember the words every time I requested it.  Sure enough, he started telling Solomon he didn't remember the words... but between the two of them, it came off beautifully (and Jerry  remembered all of it, finally).

A huge thrill to me personally was Chris Isaak, who was next on  the show. I've seen Chris perform about 10 times and love him so much.  Pairing Chris with Jerry was just so exciting, but doesn't explain why I  only remember one song they did. Chris came on the stage while Jerry was  on a break and he sang "It Hurt Me So" by himself, just as a kind of  warm-up. I was hoping he and Jerry would do "Bonnie B," since this is a staple in Chris's stage performance, but no. They did a song I can't  remember right now, and "Over The Rainbow." Chris went over and shook Jerry's hand after that and I just flipped. My two favorite singers in the world today, shaking hands, and me with NO CAMERA! Well, the image  is burned in my brain. We remember Jerry sang "Rocking My Life Away" but  not sure who else was on it.

After another break, Norah Jones sang "Crazy Arms" and "Your Cheating Heart" with Jerry. She did not play the piano. J.W. was raving  about her incredible talent -- he's right! Tom Jones and Jerry had great rapport, having performed together in the past. The first song they did was "Funny How Time Slips Away," a reprise of the duet many  years ago on TJ's own show. Then they sang their hit "Green Green Grass of Home." I thought they'd do "It'll Be Me," another of their hits, but  instead they did a fine rendition of "End of the Road," one of Jerry's own compositions.

Buddy Guy sang and played his ringing guitar on "Hadacol Boogie,"  finally one that's on the CD, and "Before The Night is Over," with Buddy  playing B.B.'s licks. The last guest was Kid Rock (known to Jerry by his given name, Bobby). For all that's been said critically about him, I have to express that Jerry really likes him. He and Jerry ran  through "Honky Tonk Women," another CD cut, with Ron Wood enjoying the  romp. They closed with "Little Queenie," and yes, Bobby jumped on the piano. Jerry said that when he did, Jerry was worried that Bobby would break it.

Oh, a word or two about the piano! A grand, specially customed for Jerry with red flames painted on its sides and the "Jerry Lee Lewis" faux  signature logo from the CD on the front where you'd usually see the  piano maker's logo. FINALLY a piano with which Jerry couldn't find fault  -- one commensurate with his talent and one he deserves. I hope after this gig that they send it down to Nesbit for him!

Okay, more tonight: Willie Nelson is expected and possibly some more Stones, but I have no idea on that."

September 28, 2006

Pictures of F.Y.E. launch party

See thePictures section for pictures of launch party of Last Man Standing at F.Y.E. in New York City (September 26).

New show

New show: May 6, 2007 at Tampa Bay Blues Fest (St. Petersburg, Florida). See
Concerts section.

September 27, 2006

Report and recording of Jerry's appearance at F.Y.E. in New York City

The launch party yesterday was a success! Jerry sang four songs in the  store: Roll Over Beethoven, Sweet Little Sixteen, Great Balls Of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin'. The regular band backed him, including  Jimmy Rip. There was a big crowd. They had a truck outside the store  with the logo from the CD painted on it, and videos going on both sides  -- the promo video that is on
You can listen to the four song set online
Many pictures of Jerry's appearance at F.Y.E. can be found on

Thanks to Kay Martin from NYC for keeping us updated!

Jerry Lee  Lewis at F.Y.E. in New York City (September 26, 2006)
Picture: Kay Martin

Jerry in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and New York Times

There is still a whole lotta media attention going on:

In the next issue of Rolling Stone (on stands next week) Jerry is the subject of an in-depth profile. See this link for a prepublication ("Jerry Lee Lewis: Way Way Cooler Than You").

Vanity Fair is also preparing a feature article on The Killer.

 And Jerry was interviewed for the New York Times yesterday. The  article is due out tomorrow.

Jerry on KCRW Radio this Friday

You can catch a performance by Jerry at 11 a.m. PT Friday, Sept. 29, on Santa Monica public radio station KCRW- 89.9FM and its morning music show, Morning Becomes  Eclectic. If you're not on the Left Coast, tune into the streaming  format at  Lewis will perform songs and talk with host Nic Harcourt in a pre-recorded broadcast and live session (see also news ofSeptember 14). The broadcast is on his 71st  birthday.

Time change for taping of PBS show

The taping of the PBS  special (see news of September 22) this Thursday  has been postponed from 1:00 to 4:15 (until 10 p.m.). They will serve food and drinks during the evening. A second taping (with Willie Nelson  as one of the guests) will take place on Friday at 3: 15 p.m.

September 26, 2006

Last Man Standing released today! Write your own review here!

Jerry in New York City for promotional activities

Jerry is currently in New York City to promote Last Man Standing and celebrate  the release of his new album. Today, Tuesday, September 26, Jerry will  appear and play at a New York record shop:

6:00-6:45 PM
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY

This Thursday the TV special for PBS will be taped (seenews of September 22)

And next week Jerry will appear on several TV shows:

October 3: Imus in  the Morning (MSNBC)
October 4: with Neil Young at the
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
October 6:
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC)

September 25, 2006

Setlist last night's show in Bridgewater (NJ)

 1) Down The Line
2) You Belong To Me
3) Boogie Woogie Country Man
4) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
5) Lucille
6) Over The Rainbow
7) Why You Been Gone So Long
8) Before The Night Is Over
9) Great Balls Of Fire
10) Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On
Source: Don Gervasi

Jerry Lee Lewis in Bridgewater, NJ (September 24, 2006)
Picture: Doug Cooke

September 23, 2006

Write your own review of Last Man Standing here!

September 22, 2006

Tickets available for taping of PBS show in New York on September 28

  We received the following message:


Hey fans of the "Killer  ",

Have you ever wanted to see a living rock and roll legend perform  live with other rock legends? Here is your chance!! See JERRY LEE LEWIS with his incredible band (Kenny Lovelace, Jimmy Rip, Hutch Hutchinson  and Jim Keltner) and guest stars DON HENLEY, SOLOMON BURKE and CHRIS  ISAAK performing a live show for PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th 1:30PM-6:00PM (this is a daytime taping). The show is being filmed at a convenient location in Mid-town Manhattan and you are  invited to join the exclusive, intimate, audience.

Jerry will be performing hits and showcasing some of the tunes he just recorded on his highly acclaimed new ARTISTS FIRST album of duets called "Last Man Standing " -- an album where Jerry performs with superstars  from Don Henley, and Mick Jagger to Jimmy Page and Neil Young among many  others.

You must be available between 1:00-1:30PM (line-up) and 6:00 PM to attend the show and you must live in the New York City area (NY,NJ or  CT). Tickets are complimentary for this event.

If you are interested in being part of this exclusive free, Jerry Lee  Lewis show, please email us at with the following information in both the subject line and body of your email:

1. Jerry early taping/your full name
2. your email address (one which will not "spam" out our reply to you.)
3. your phone number(s)
4. 2 or 4 tickets (4 tickets is the maximum number we can allow per  request)
5. Just for fun -- how long you have been a fan of Jerry ' s (you don '  t have to be a longtime fan of Jerry' s to get tickets)

The show will last approximately 3 1/2 hours and you must stay with us for the entire taping. The tickets are complimentary.

We will contact you via email with a detailed confirmation if there are  tickets available. You should hear from us within a day of your request but at latest by WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2006. Not all requests will receive a response due to the volume of responses, thank you for understanding. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL US DUPLICATE REQUESTS. Thanks.


September 20, 2006

Jerry Lee Lewis Day in Memphis

As part of the festivities for "Jerry Lee Lewis Day" Jerry played a short set at Spin Street Music in Memphis, TN yesterday. There was a huge queue outside the shop and the store was packed out when Jerry started to play. Jerry seemed happy and  played a set that included Roll Over Beethoven, Trouble In Mind, Sweet  Little Sixteen and a long version of Great Balls Of Fire. See the next isue of Fire Ball Mail for a detailed report by Peter Hayman.

See this link for a short clip of Jerry playing Trouble In Mind.

September 19, 2006

Last Man Standing already spotted in UK music stores.

Jerry's  upcoming CD Last Man Standing, scheduled for  release in the USA on September 26, has already been spotted as an  "import" at HMV in Oxford Street, London. The official release in Europe will take place at least a few months later.

September 17, 2006

Set list of last night's show in Lake Charles (LA):

1) Roll  Over Beethoven
2) You Belong To Me
3) Roll Over Beethoven (just a few words before realizing he had already done it, big grin from Jerry)
4) Sweet Little Sixteen
5) You Win Again
6) Sick And Tired
7) No Headstone On My Grave
8) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
9) She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye
10) Mexicali Rose
11) Why You Been Gone So Long
12) I Dont Want To Be Lonely Tonight
13) Great Balls Of Fire
14) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

Jerry  had on black jeans, black boots and a nice short sleeved shirt, looking sharp and alert.

Source:Henrik Almgren

September 16, 2006

Some pictures of Sterling Heights show (September 2) added toPictures section.

September 19, 2006 "Jerry Lee Lewis Day" in Memphis


"The festivities will include a dedication to Lewis by Dr. Herenton (the Mayor of Memphis) with a charitable donation being made to MusiCares, a  philanthropic arm of The Recording Academy®, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need with services and resources that cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies; each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.  The dedication will be followed by a 20-minute live performance by Lewis and his band at Spin Street Music which will also be open to the public. Come join us at Spin Street Music, 3481 Poplar Ave. ..D2, Memphis, TN.  Doors open at 7:00pm."


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September 14, 2006

Video of Jerry and Kid Rock broadcast on TV

The video of Jerry and Kid Rock has been removed from the CMT website, but it will be broadcast in the TV show "Top Twenty Countdown". See for the TV  schedule.

The online version of Last Man Standing on CMT features the bonus track  "Mexicali Rose":

Recording session for KCRW Radio

Jerry recorded six songs for KCRW Radio, including Down The Line, Roll Over Beethoven and Before The  Night Is Over. This will be broadcast online. The session was also videoed.

Duet with Little Richard cancelled

Jerry was supposed to sing a TV duet with Little Richard, but Richard called in sick.

TV-ads for Last Man Standing

 TV-ads started today advertising
Last Man Standing. It features JLL playing a blazing piano.

Million Dollar Quartet session to be released in its entirety

 On September 19, Sony BMG's Strategic Marketing Group will release the  50th Anniversary Edition of the famous Million Dollar Quartet session (a  coincidental gathering of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis  and Johnny Cash). For the first time ever, the session will be released in its entirety and in the sequence in which it was originally recorded.
See for more  information.

September 13, 2006

Video of Jerry and Kid Rock in recording studio

Watch a video  of Jerry and Kid Rock recording the song Honky Tonk Woman for Jerry's upcoming album Last Man Standing:

Interview with Jerry about Last Man Standing on

September 7, 2006

Promotion machine for Last Man Standing in full gear

With a litte less than three weeks before Last Man Standing will be released, the promotion machine for the album is kicking into full gear. Yesterday Jerry was interviewed by Steve Jones for103.1 in Los  Angeles (seethis page for some pictures). Today's interview forKCRW in  California will be aired at a later, as -yet-undetermined date. On September 27, Jerry will appear on the TV showImus in  the morning. Jerry  has also recorded a duet on a show hosted by Simon Cowell.

September 6, 2006

Jerry on KCRW in California tomorrow

Tomorrow (Thursday, September 7, 12:00pmEST / 9:00pmPST) Jerry joins Nic Harcourt on the "Morning Becomes Eclectic" on KCRW in California.  Listen live on
Tonight Jerry was interviewed by
103.1 in Los  Angeles.

September 5, 2006

New video on official website

Watch a video of Jerry talking about the start of his career and playing in a recording studio:

 Short report of Sterling Heights show (September 2) by Jeffrey W. Prater

 "Jerry Lee Lewis and his "All Star Band" rocked in Sterling Heights. The  set list was a little different. Jerry Lee Lewis was dressed as always fit to kill, appeared (from what I seen standing next to J.W.) very calm, cool and collective.

Here is a temporary list but I must say and B.B. Cunningham agreed with me that I think we heard the most unbelievable version of "Whole Lotta  Shaking Going On." J.W. even admitted it was an "extended version".

It was a cold rainy night but Jerry's piano playing was up to the task.  Blew my mind to be honest.

Here we go:


1) Columbus Stockade Blues (Kenneth Lovelace)
2) Honey Don't  (Robert Hall)
3) Bye Bye Johnny (B.B. Cunningham)
4) Big Boss Man (Buck Hutcheson)

Jerry Lee Lewis in Sterling Heights (MI) (September 2, 2006)
Picture: Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Sterling Heights MI
this website for more pictures of the show.



1) Sweet Little Sixteen
2) Before the Night Is Over
3) Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave
4) Roll Over Beethoven
5) You Belong To Me
6) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
7) Georgia On My Mind
8) Down The Line
9) Mexicali Rose
10) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (extended version)
11) Great Balls of Fire (extended version)

Jerry Lee put his right boot up on the piano and then kicked back the  piano stool.

I got to speak to Jerry as well as introduce him to some very special  people. Jerry's fans were there. The Knight Family and Ernie from Michigan, my friend's Richard and Jesse and the entire Greco family.

Jerry literally rocked Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On. Little Richard followed but his piano playing couldn't even match what Jerry had done.

After the performance as Jerry was getting into his limousine Jerry Lee  Lewis was presented with a drawing from my personal collection, drawn from native Indiana artist, Kim Blair commemorating his fifty years of rock and roll, presented by Jesse Greco of Illinois and Richard Powelson of Fort Wayne. Jerry said, "I hope I can fit this thing in the plane." I  told Jerry as he walked off the stage as we walked towards the back with  J.W. that he rocked and no one could've followed that and I got to see  that smile that I've not seen in so long come from the side of his face - like "follow that!"

What a blast! Thanks to J.W. Whitten, Jerry Lee Lewis for allowing me to introduce my best friend Richard as well as the Greco family to the  "Living King of Rock and Roll."

 We got to be on the left side of the stage - I danced which I have not  done in a long time. What a blast! Thanks Jerry!"

September 2, 2006

New show: Durant, OK (December 15).

 Anaheim show (October 3) incorrectly listed on Pollstar and Ticketmaster

According to Jerry'sMySpace  site Pollstar has incorrectly listed a concert on October 3, 2006 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. Jerry Lee will not be appearing on that date; but they are in the process of scheduling some new dates in California.


August 26, 2006


Offical press release on Jerry's upcoming  CD Last Man Standing







Mythic Rock & Roll Pioneer Duets With 22 Rock, Country, R&B and Pop’s Biggest Superstars  Including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Toby Keith, B.B. King, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Kid  Rock, Rod Stewart & More

LOS ANGELES — The much-anticipated new studio album from mythic rock & roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, Last Man Standing,  will be released on Sept. 26featuring a dream roster of  guest artists. Jimmy Rip and Steve Bing produced Lewis’ forthcoming CD, which was five years in the making, for Shangri-La Entertainment. Jeff Ayeroff’s ArtistsFirst music label will be releasing the CD through Warner Music Group’s Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA).

Last Man Standing pairs Jerry Lee Lewis with a who's who of rock & roll, country, R&B, and  pop music superstars ripping their way through a fantastic set list of  21 monumental classic songs.The previously announced working title ofRedemption has been changed to Last Man Standing.

Performing duets with Jerry Lee Lewis  on Last Man Standing are:

Jimmy Page
B.B. King
Bruce Springsteen
Mick Jagger & Ronnie Wood
Neil Young
Robbie Robertson
John Fogerty
Keith Richards
Ringo Starr
Merle Haggard
Kid Rock
Rod Stewart
George Jones
Willie Nelson
Toby Keith
Eric Clapton
Little Richard
Delaney Bramlett
Buddy Guy
Don Henley
Kris Kristofferson

"Rock  and Roll"
"Before The Night Is Over"
"Pink Cadillac"
"Evening Gown"
"You Don't Have To Go"
"Travelin' Band"
"That Kind of Fool"
"Sweet Little Sixteen"
“Just-a-Bummin’ Around”
“Honky Tonk Woman”
"What's Made Milwaukee Famous"
"Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age"
“A Couple More Years”
"Old Glory"
"Trouble In Mind"
"I Saw Her Standing There"
"Lost Highway"
“Hadacohl Boogie”
“That’s What Makes The Irish Heart Beat”
“The Pilgrim: Chapter 33”

Discovered by Sun Records’ Sam Phillips  in 1956, Jerry Lee Lewis exploded on the scene in 1957 with his groundbreaking hit “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin’ On." His follow up hit in that same year "Great Balls of Fire" cemented his place as a rock ‘n roll icon.Jerry Lee Lewis is the Last Man Standing of rock’s founding fathers, the last living legend left from Sun Record's"Million Dollar Quartet" (Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis).

Fifty years after his first hit and in his 71th year, Jerry Lee Lewis performs as powerfully as ever. Last Man Standing mixes Lewis’ old school finesse and fury, that essence of rock & roll that’s all his own, with the prowess of today’s great artists. The result is 21 songs that might just make up the best classic rock ‘n roll album ever.

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 ARTIST: Jerry Lee Lewis
ALBUM TITLE: Last Man Standing
September 26, 2006
 CURRENT SINGLE: Rock N’ Roll w/ Jimmy Page
LABEL: Artists First



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 Last Man Standing

It's been half a century since Jerry Lee Lewis first rocketed to the top of America's pop, country and R&B charts with "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and  "Great Balls of Fire" and while those iconoclastic performances still  define the essence of rock 'n' roll for millions, Jerry Lee himself continues to thrill audiences around the world with the scorching blend  of blues, country, gospel and music that he calls his own.

With Last Man Standing ,  the Killer's first new studio album in more than a decade, rock 'n' roll's greatest showman finds himself in the company of 22 rock, blues and country music superstars, contemporaries and disciples alike,  dueting on a dream set list of classic songs, many of which might not even exist had Jerry Lee Lewis not kicked open the floodgates back in the 1950s.

With a lifetime of triumph and tragedy to draw from, Jerry Lee Lewis sings and plays with the seasoned wisdom of a man who's seen it all and the savvy confidence  of a performer who knows that music--and the emotional truths it  carries--is the thing that matters most.

Joining Jerry Lee onLast Man Standing are Jimmy Page ("Rock and Roll"), B.B. King ("Before The Night Is Over"), Bruce Springsteen ("Pink Cadillac"), Mick  Jagger (vocals) and Ronnie Wood (pedal steel guitar) ("Evening Gown"), Neil Young ("You Don't Have To Go"), Toby Keith ("Old Glory"), John  Fogerty ("Travelin' Band"), Keith Richards ("That Kind of Fool"), Robbie  Robertson ("Twilight"), Merle Haggard ("Just A Bummin' Around"), Kid  Rock ("Honky Tonk Woman"), Rod Stewart ("What's Made Milwaukee Famous"),  Willie Nelson ("Couple More Years"), George Jones ("Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age"), Eric Clapton ("Trouble In Mind"), Little Richard ("I Saw Her Standing There"), Delaney Bramlett ("Lost Highway"), Buddy Guy  ("Hadacohl Boogie"), Don Henley ("What Makes the Irish Heart Beat"), and  Kris Kristofferson ("The Pilgrim").

Jerry Lee Lewis, who cut his first record in 1954, is the "last man standing" from Sun  Record's legendary collection of talent that included Elvis Presley,  Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins, who along with Chuck Berry and Little Richard could be called the Founding Fathers of Rock ‘n Roll.

Born September 29, 1935 into a poor family in Ferriday, Louisiana, Jerry Lee Lewis was  developing his own ferocious approach to the piano by the age of 10,  synthesizing the boogie-woogie sounds he heard on the radio with the  Southern-fried R&B emanating from Haney's Big House, a local juke joint owned by his uncle.

Jerry Lee later  enrolled him in Southwestern Bible College in Waxahatchie, Texas, but he  didn't last long. The siren call of music pulled him onto a trajectory  that would change the world. Bringing together elements of R&B, boogie woogie, gospel, and country into a sound uniquely his own, Jerry Lee Lewis became an integral part of the emerging rock 'n' roll that was  usurping and supplanting the big band sounds of popular music.

By 1956, Jerry Lee had found his way into Sam Phillips' fabled Sun Studios, where he cut  his first charting single, a revved-up rendition of Ray Price's "Crazy  Arms," and worked as an in-house session musician. One day, while  playing piano for some Carl Perkins sessions, Jerry Lee became part of  an impromptu jam session that included Perkins, Johnny Cash, and a young  Elvis Presley. The engineer rolled the tape and that session became the lone recording of the fabled "Million Dollar Quartet."

With the release of  Jerry Lee Lewis's "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of  Fire" in 1957, the flamboyant young performer crossed over onto the pop,  R&B, and country charts and landed on-screen performance roles in the films "High School Confidential" and "Jamboree." When Elvis saw Jerry  Lee Lewis perform, he said that, if he could play piano like that, he'd stop singing.

Since the beginning, Jerry Lee Lewis's irrepressible confidence and insatiable energy have  inspired countless fans and foes. His storied career has been colored by exploit and scandal: He was the original bad boy, the first legend of rock ‘n roll who paved the way for all those to follow - from the Rolling Stones to Green Day.

Described by Johnny  Cash as an American Original and by Roy Orbison as the best raw performer in the history of rock 'n' roll music, Jerry Lee Lewis is a  musician of exceptional talent and versatility. Along with his rock ‘n roll hits, he has had many country chart toppers, including “Another Time, Another Place” in 1968. He became one of the very first inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. That same year, Jerry Lee went back to Sun Studios in Memphis to record the album "Class of '55" with Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. "Interviews from the  Class of '55 Recording Sessions" earned the 1987 Grammy Award for Best  Spoken Word Album.

Jerry Lee Lewis has  never stopped touring. 50 years after his first hit and in his 70th year, he remains an explosive performer, delivering fury, finesse and fun to audiences around the world.

In February 2005,  Jerry Lee Lewis was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National  Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS).

 Last Man Standing is pure Jerry Lee Lewis, an important and monumental collection of pure rock 'n' roll from the last original rock ‘n’ roller.

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August 22, 2006

Short report of last Saturday's show (East Hampton, NY) by Kay Martin

"I am happy to report that I was at the private party on Saturday night. A full story will appear in the next
Fireball Mail with a few photos, but I wanted to tell you that Jerry looked and sounded just wonderful. Jimmy Rip was there and they discussed the current CD and upcoming releases. Of course, Jimmy played with the band. It was amazing that three guitar pickers crowded in such a small space on the tiny stage. Here's the playlist:

Kenny did an abbreviated version of Columbus Stockade Blues.
Jerry opened with Down The Line.
Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
No One Will Ever Know (almost 5 minutes long!)
Chantilly Lace
You Belong To Me
Great Balls of Fire
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

Jerry was allotted 30 minutes and he did that and perhaps a bit more.  Jerry invited people to dance and they were dancing all over -- even on stage! A good time was had by all. The next act was Little Richard. He  met Jerry as he left the stage; they had a brief cordial conversation.  Chuck was closing. He had been in the "green room" area with Jerry before the show and they discussed old times and upcoming releases. A  photo of Jerry and Chuck will appear in the Fireball Mail, with other  photos taken by me on Saturday. "

Jerry Lee Lewis in East Hampton (NY) (August 19, 2006)
Picture: Kay Martin

As the release date of Last Man Standing approaches, samples of the album are being played more and more. A medley of all 21 songs can be heard on the official website Several (internet) radio stations, likeAll Memphis  Music, play songs from the album.

August 20, 2006

Medley of "Last Man Standing" on line

Listen to a medley of Jerry's upcoming album "Last Man Standing" on! See the New album  section for more information about the album.

August 19, 2006

New venue for Las Vegas show

The Las Vegas show (October 21) has been moved from the Orleans Casino to the Orleans Arena. Chuck Berry and Little Richard are also on the bill. See Concerts section.

August 15, 2006

Report of London show (August 12) in Reports section.

Burgettstown show rescheduled

The show at the Pepsi Roadhouse  in Burgettstown, scheduled for October 7, 2006, will be rescheduled for December 1, 2006. All purchased tickets will be honored. SeeConcerts section.

Sun guitarist Roland Janes honored

Roland Janes, who played guitar for Sun Records on many Jerry Lee Lewis classics, was honored this week by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (the  Grammy organization). He was awarded four NARAS plaques: three for his  guitar work on the Sun classics "Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and the Bill Justis hit "Raunchy", and a fourth for  engineering the Grammy-nominated album Electric Blue Watermelon by the  North Mississippi Allstars. Janes is now studio manager and egineer at the Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis. He is also the engineer of Jerry's upcoming CD Last Man Standing.

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

August 9, 2006

 Set list of tonight's show in Wolverhampton (UK)

1) Roll Over Beethoven
2) You Win Again
3) C.C. Rider
4) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
5) She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye
6) Why You Been Gone So Long
7) Chantilly Lace
8) Coming Back For More
9) Mexicali Rose
10) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
11) Great Balls Of Fire

Show length: 43 minutes

Source: Daniel White

 Jerry Lee Lewis in Wolverhampton (August 9, 2006)
Picture: Richard Harvey
See htm for more pictures.

August 8, 2006

SeeReports section for report of Clapham show (August 6).

August 6, 2006

 Set list of tonight's show in Clapham (UK)

1) Roll Over Beethoven
2) You Win Again
3) I Don't Want To Be Lonely Tonight
4) You Belong To Me
5) Down The Line
6) Before The Night Is Over
7) No Headstone On My Grave
8) Chantilly Lace
9) She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye
10) Sweet Little Sixteen
11) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
12) Great Balls Of Fire

Show length: 51 minutes

Source: Daniel White

August 4, 2006

September  release of Last Man Standing seems certain now.

 After five years and four different record labels, the CD "Last Man Standing" will eventually be released on September 26 by Jeff Ayeroff's "Artists First" label. The project will be promoted through a December PBS "Great Performances"  episode. See this article in today's Billboard.

Check the
New CD section for all information about the 21-track album known so far.

Will this be the cover photo?

Jerry arrived in the UK today for upcoming tour.

Jerry arrived in the UK this morning and is looking forward to the upcoming tour. The shows are in Clapham (August 6), Wolverhampton (August 9) and London (August  12). See Concerts section for more  information.


July 27, 2006


New show

 Jerry to appear at Farm Aid 2006 in Camden, NJ (September 30). SeeConcerts section.


Jimmy Page unable to appear at Rhythm Festival: no guest appearance on Jerry's set.

 Jimmy Page had to cancel his appearance at the Rhythm Festival in Clapham, England (August 4-6) due to theongoing  recoveryfollowing his recent knee surgery. He would have appeared as a  guest musician on Jerry's show on August 6. See Jimmy Page Online.

July 24, 2006

Jerry may  perform together with Jimmy Page at upcoming festival in UK

Jimmy  Page and Jerry are both scheduled to perform at the Rhythm Festival in Clapham, England (August 4-6). According to the  website Jimmy Page Online, Jerry has invited Jimmy Page to join him on  stage. There is a chance that they will play Jerry'snew cover version of the Zep classic "Rock  and Roll".

July 19, 2006

"Last Man  Standing" can be preordered at online stores. Release date still  uncertain.

Jerry's new CD "Last Man Standing" can already be preordered at several online stores, likeAmazon andCD Universe. The release date is still  uncertain. According to these websites the release date is September 26. According to other sources, the release has been set back again to "the last quarter of this year". There is still no official word  from a record label.

See the New CD Section for more  information on the album.

July 10, 2006

Report of  show in Bobital, France in Reports  section.

July 9, 2006

Short  report of last night's show in Bobital, France

Jerry was only allowed to play 30 minutes. The crowd loved him. Set list:

1) Down The Line
2) High School Confidential
3) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
4) Mexicali Rose
5) Chantilly Lace
6) Great Balls of Fire
7) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On.

Thanks to Niek van de Klundert.

See for pictures of the festival.

New website  for Jerry's bandleader Ken Lovelacenow online.

July 6, 2006

Show in  Estepona, Spain (scheduled for August 2) cancelled

According to the show in Estepona, Spain (scheduled for August 2) has been cancelled. The show will possibly be rescheduled, but a new date is still to be  determined.

July 5, 2006

Short  report of show in Alexandria, Louisiana

From Peter Hayman and Pam Green:

Jerry played a 45 minute set that included "Down The Line",  "You Belong To Me", "Rockin' My Life Away", "Drinkin' Wine","Trouble In Mind", "Roll Over Beethoven", and a very pretty "You Win Again" in key of F and others. Headstone was a very good version, with fast and slow solos from Jerry. Jerry looked fine but seemed to be happier and enjoying  his show more in Lafayette."

See one of the following issues ofFireball Mail for their full report.

July 1, 2006

Short  report of last night's show in Lafayette, Louisiana

From Peter Hayman and Pam Green:

"Jerry  performed for 57 minutes last night, he was in good shape and the atmosphere was good in a small dance hall, with maybe 800 people there.Paris was better and Jerry was putting more effort into it, however, last night was good.Highlights included an excellent version  of Headstone and a rocking up tempo treatment of Johnny B. Goode.No unusual songs this time."

See one of the following issues ofFireball Mail for their full report.


June 30, 2006


The new  official Jerry Lee Lewis website is now online:


June 29, 2006

New show:  New York, B.B. King's Blues Club (January 19, 2007). SeeConcerts section.

June 17, 2006

SeeReports section for reports of last night's show in Paris.

German shows cancelled

The shows in Hamburg (June 19), Stuttgart (June  21) and Frankfurt (June 23) have been cancelled. From


A Letter To My Fans

June 16, 2006

I just finished playing a rockin' show to a sold out crowd at the  Olympia in Paris France only to find the promoter of all the shows  planned in Germany has failed to fulfil his contractual obligations.

I am disappointed that I will not be performing for my loyal fans in Germany as originally planned.

I look forward to performing for my fans throughout the summer at my concerts in France, Spain & the United Kingdom.

Yours truly,

Jerry Lee Lewis


June 16, 2006

Set list tonight's show in Paris

1) Down The Line
2) Sweet Little Sixteen
3) Georgia On My Mind
4) Rockin' My Life Away
5) You Belong To Me
6) Before The Night Is Over
7) Trouble In Mind
8) Chantilly Lace
9) Mexicali Rose
10) Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave
11) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
12) Your Win Again
13) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
14) Great Balls Of Fire

Thanks to Sebastiaan Roelands.

June 13, 2006

New show:  Lafayette, Louisiana (June 30). See Concerts section.

June 10, 2006

SeeReports section for report and  pictures of last night's show in Kansas City.

June 9, 2006

Press  release on Jerry's first recording

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2006


“New Orleans Boogie”
Streaming On MySpace
Monday, June 12th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

New Box Set,
Jerry Lee Lewis: A Half Century of Hits
In Stores June 13th (Time Life)

Fairfax, VA --- 54 years after Jerry Lee Lewis made his very first record, “New Orleans Boogie” will finally be available to the public.  Self-recorded as a teen at a local ‘DIY’ studio, the song was recently  unearthed and restored for Lewis’ upcoming box set, Jerry Lee Lewis: A  Half Century of Hits (Time Life), due in stores June 13th. On Monday, June 12th, “The Killer” will make “New Orleans Boogie” available exclusively via audio streaming on his MySpace page (  for just two hours – from 1:00pm EST until 3:00pm, where fans can hear  it for the first time before they can buy it.

A Half Century of Hits will be sold in a specially designed 3 CD box set not only filled with Lewis’ career defining rock hits, like “Great Balls of Fire,” “High School Confidential,” “Breathless,” and the original hit  version of “Whole Lot of Shaking Goin’ On,” but every major country hit,  three previously unreleased live recordings, additional rare  performances, and the very first two tracks Lewis recorded (also the  first original Jerry Lee Lewis composition) “New Orleans Boogie” and a  cover of Lefty Frizzell’s “Don’t Stay Away.” No one, not even Jerry Lee, had heard those two songs since the day he sang them at a “record your own voice” studio in 1952 when he was just sixteen years old. The  acetates, belonging to Lewis’ friend, Cecil Harrelson, had been held  back from release until such time as Mr. Lewis wished them to be distributed to the public and were painstakingly transferred by Country  Music Hall Of Fame sound engineer Alan Stoker exclusively for A Half-Century of Hits.

A charter inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the uncompromising Lewis mixed his gospel roots with country music and roadhouse R&B, impossibly coming up with a raucous, startling and entirely compelling  new type of rock ‘n roll that forever changed the face of music. His  recordings and riveting live performances are matched only by his larger-than-life personality. Lewis has scored 65 country hits, placed 22 albums in the Country Top 20, won a Grammy award, and was immortalized in the hit film Great Balls of Fire.


May 30, 2006


New shows

Saturday, September 2:
Sterling Heights, Michigan. (The show in Sarnia, Ontario (Canada), scheduled for that same day, has been cancelled.)

Saturday, October 7:
Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.

Concerts section.

Show in Alexandria, Louisiana (July 3) is still on

Jerry's show at the Uncle Sam Jam in Alexandria, Louisiana on July 3 is still on. See also this website.

May 26, 2006

Kansas City show (June 9) NOT to be broadcast on radio

 Contrary to an earlier message, the Kansas City concert will not be broadcast on radio. The concert is being presented in conjunction with the local NPR affilite KCUR-FM and one of their programs, "Cyprus Avenue", but they will not record or broadcast the show.

May 25, 2006

Pictures of show in Genk, Belgium (1980) added to Pictures section.

May 16, 2006

Preview of boogie woogie documentary "Falsifyin'" shown in Clarksdale

 Last Saturday, a preview of the boogie woogie documentary Falsifyin' was shown at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The documentary includes performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Pinetop Perkins,  Henry Gray, Marcia Ball and Clay Swafford. The concert was recorded at  the Ground Zero Blues Club on October 12, 2005. See also this website.

Jerry and band in Clarksdale, Mississippi (October 12, 2005)
Picture: PontNeuf/Fireball/Brasstacks Alliance

May 13, 2006

New show: Sarnia (ON), Canada (September 2). See Concerts section.

May 12, 2006

Track list of upcoming Time Life Box in Billboard Magazine:

Disc one:
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
It'll Be Me
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
You Win Again
End of the Road
I'm Feelin' Sorry
Great Balls of Fire
Lewis Boogie
It All Depends (Who Will Buy the Wine)
Down the Line
High School Confidential
Big Legged Woman
Real Wild Child (Wild One)
Let's Talk about Us
Little Queenie
Bonnie B.
Night Train to Memphis
What'd I Say
Invitation to Your Party
One Minute Past Eternity
I Can't Seem to Say Goodbye
Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginia
Jerry Lee Lewis and Sam Phillips: Religious Discussion

 Disc two:
Hi-Heel Sneakers
I'm on Fire
Green, Green Grass of Home
Memphis Beat
Another Place, Another Time
What's Made Milwaukee Famous
Workin' Man Blues
She Even Woke Me up to Say Goodbye
Me and Bobby McGee
To Make Love Sweeter for You
There Must Be More to Love than This
Think About It, Darlin'
Chantilly Lace
Once More with Feeling
Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
Middle Age Crazy
Meat Man
A Damn Good Country Song (alternate vocal)
That Kind Of Fool
No Headstone on My Grave
Your Cheatin' Heart
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

Disc three:
Rockin' My Life Away
Rita May
Don't Let Go
I Wish I Was Eighteen Again
Folsom Prison Blues
Who Will the Next Fool Be
Rockin' Little Angel
I'd Do It All Again
Thirty-Nine and Holding
Rockin' Jerry Lee
Over the Rainbow
Down the Road Apiece
Miss the Mississippi and You
Crown Victoria Custom '51
It Was the Whiskey Talkin' (Not Me)
Good News Travels Fast
One Has My Name...The Other Has My Heart
Hadacol Boogie
Don't Stay Away ('Til Love Grows Cold)
Jerry Lee's Boogie

May 10, 2006

New CD, now titled "Last Man Standing", to be released on September 5

 Today we received the following message from Jimmy Rip, producer of Jerry's upcoming album:

"Just wanted to officially announce (hopefully for the last time ha  ha) Jerry's new CD is now titled "LAST MAN STANDING" and the release is set for September the 5th. Preparations are now in full swing and it looks like Jerry's gonna have one heck of a 71st year. Thanks for  hangin' in ....the fun's just beginning!!!!! Jimmy Rip "

 SeeNew CD section for details about the album known so far.

May 7, 2006

Report of last night's show in Memphis added to Reports section.

May 4, 2006

New show: Wolverhampton, England (August 9). See Concerts section.

May 1, 2006

Press  Release for Time Life Retrospective Release


May 1, 2006








Jerry Lee  Lewis: A Half Century of Hits

 Includes Remarkable First Pair of Recordings

He Ever Made

As Well As Rare and Previously Unreleased

Live Tracks

Fairfax, VA --- Jerry Lee Lewis: A Half Century Of Hits, the first-ever complete career retrospective on the music icon, will be released on June 13th (Time Life). Personally overseen by Jerry Lee Lewis  himself, the collection will include the first two tracks he ever recorded, neither of which has ever been released before.  "Sometimes I can't believe all the things I've done some seemedlike agood idea at the time, Lewis reflects. The Time-Life story is the truth and, if I do say so myself, makes for interesting reading and great  listening."


A charter inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the uncompromising Lewis mixed his gospel roots with country  music and roadhouse R&B, impossibly coming up with a raucous, startling and entirely compelling new type of rock n roll that forever changed the face of music.

His  recordings andriveting live performances are matched only by his larger-than-life personality. Lewis has scored 65 country hits, placed 22 albums in the Country Top 20, won a Grammy award, and was  immortalized in the hit film Great Balls of Fire. The rock n roll legend  describes it best himself, Just point me to the piano. In fifteen minutes, Ill have em shakin, shoutin, shiverin and  shackin!


This specially designed 3 CD box set is not only filled with his career defining rock hits, like Great Balls of Fire, High School Confidential,  Breathless, and the original hit version of Whole Lot of Shaking Goin  On, but every major country hit, three previously unreleased live recordings, additional rare performances, and the very first two tracks  Lewis recorded (also the first original Jerry Lee Lewis composition) New  Orleans Boogie and a cover of Lefty Frizzells Dont Stay Away. No one, not even Jerry Lee, had heard those two songs since the day he sang them at a record your own voice studio in 1952 when he was just sixteen years old. The acetates, belonging to Lewis friend, Cecil Harrelson, had been  held back from release until such time as Mr. Lewis wished them to be  distributed to the public and were painstakingly transferred by Country Music Hall Of Fame sound engineer Alan Stoker exclusively for A  Half-Century of Hits.


The box set  features 66 tracks in all. Other highlights include rare outtakes from  sessions done for the Sun Records label and even a heated argument  between Lewis and Sun founder Sam Phillips about whether rock n roll was the Devils music. I got the Devil in me, Lewis yells, while Phillips tries to convince him that he can be both a believer and a rock n roll star. Accidentally captured while the tape was still rolling at the  studio, this tape has never been released in the United States. In  addition to the hits, out-takes, studio argument, and the two 1952 recordings, this collection also features three previously unissued live recordings (recorded live by Jim Isbell at Opryland in 1981) and two live songs from his 1964 European tour.A Half-Century of Hits is  accompanied by a 40 page book made up of extensive interviews with Lewis  and compiled by Grammy Award winner Colin Escott, along with rare and  previously unpublished photos, many of them from Phoebe Lewis (Jerrys daughter) very own personal archives.


This collection also inaugurates a new series for Time-Life Music, LEGENDS OF AMERICAN MUSIC, in which Time-Life will celebrate the careers of artists whove made a significant difference to the music of our lives. There are  few totally original artists and Jerry Lee Lewis certainly tops almost  any list of them. says Time Life Senior Vice President Audio & Video, Retail Mike Jason. Our goal with the series, Legends Of American Music,  is to focus on those artists that changed the cultural and musical  landscape and we are honored to be working with Jerry Lee in this project. This set is truly the last word on one of the first names in  rock n roll.


April 30, 2006


Jerry interviewed in Memphis newspaper Commercial Appeal

See this  article for a telephone interview with Jerry. According to this article, the upcoming Time Life box set (entitled Jerry Lee Lewis: A Half-Century of Hits) will be  released on June 13.

April 29, 2006

Berlin show cancelled

The show in Berlin, Germany (scheduled for June 25) has been cancelled. The other shows in Germany and France are still on. See Concerts section.

April 28, 2006

More pictures of Jerry at B.B. King's in New York inPictures section.

Jerry's recordings and compositions used in a ballet

Several of Jerry's compositions and recordings will be used in a ballet entitled  POP. The ballet by Dances Patrelle will be performed in NYC May 4 through 6. More information about the performances can be found at

April 27, 2006

More pictures of Jerry at B.B. King's in New York on

Reports of New York show (April 15) and shows at Niagara Falls (April 20 and 22) in Reports Section.

Possible release of Bocholt show (March 10) on DVD and CD

A project of issuing a DVD plus CD of the  show in Bocholt, Germany (March 10) is in progress. The result is being submitted to Jerry for acceptance by end of April. More about this project in the  next issue of Fire Ball Mail.

April 26, 2006

Many new pictures taken during Jerry's recent stay in New York added tothis special page. Thanks to Kay Martin.


Press release from Jimmy Rip, producer of Jerry's upcoming CD  "Redemption":



LOS ANGELES, California, April 26, 2006— Legendary Rock N’ Roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis is set to perform his classic hit, “Great Balls of Fire,” on The Late Show with David Letterman this Friday, April 28th. Joining Lewis, who will be accompanied by Paul Shaffer and members of  the Late Show Band, will be guitarist Jimmy Rip, who produced Lewis’ forthcoming CD, “Redemption,” along with Steve Bing for Shangri-La Entertainment, as well as guitarist Kenny Lovelace who has been a member  of Lewis’ band for a remarkable 39 years.

Lewis’ much anticipated CD will be released by Columbia Records in September. Lewis’ powerful performance is accented by the many guest stars who lend their talents including (in alphabetical order): Delaney Bramlett, Eric Clapton, John Foggerty, Buddy Guy, Merle Haggard, Don Henley, Mick Jagger, George Jones, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, BB King, Kris Kristofferson, Little Richard, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Page, Keith  Richards, Robbie Robertson, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Star, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Neil Young.

Jerry Lee’s individual style mixes equal parts of blues and country  together with a unique blend of R&B, gospel, and of course, good old  Jerry Lee Lewis rock ‘n’ roll. He has become the last man standing of the “Million Dollar Quartet” (Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl  Perkins) but his singing and playing is as fresh as ever. His time has come – again.

What makes the album so extraordinary is the same thing that immediately made legendary Sun Records founder Sam Phillips sit up and take notice when 21 year old Jerry Lee Lewis first arrived at the door nearly 50 years ago: Lewis then as now, simply demanded to be heard.

April 23, 2006

Release date of new CD set back to September, title changed in "Redemption". See New album section.

New box set with Jerry's very first recordings to be released this summer

Jerry's very first recordings, made when he and Cecil  Harrelson visited New Orleans in 1951, will eventually be released as part of a Time Life box set collection spanning Jerry's recording career  and several record labels, also including other previously  unreleased material. Besides three discs contributed by Sun, Universal  and Warners, the package features a 38 page booklet with photos from the  Lewis archives and an article written by Colin Escott. The box set  includes five never before released tracks.

New shows: Estepona, Spain (August 2), Las Vegas, NV (October 21), Owensboro, KY (November 4). See Concerts section.

See Pictures section for pictures  of New York show (April 15).


See Pictures section for pictures  of Jerry's appearance in CBS Late Show. Show will be broadcast on April 28.

"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" added to the Library of Congress’ collection of preserved recordings

"It's official: Jerry Lee Lewis  is a national treasure. Lewis' rollicking 1957 hit "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" is among the 50 recordings the Library of Congress has chosen as worthy of preservation this year."

this link for the entire article.

E-mail interview with Jerry (about the new album and his current musical activities) on

Review of Niagara show (April 20) on

Jerry photographed for Vanity Fair. See this article.

Jerry has been interviewed by the Rolling Stone magazine. Publication of interview will probably conincide with the release of thenew CD.

April 11, 2006

New shows in the UK, Spain and the US. See Concerts section.

April 10, 2006

Jerry Lee Lewis weekend in Norway, May 12-14

From Friday May  12th till Sunday May 14th, there will be a Jerry Lee Lewis weekend for  fans in Lillestrøm, Norway. On the program are (among other things):Jerry Lee Lewis on the big screen,Jerry Lee Lewis non stop disco,Jerry Lee Lewis Lousianna Dinner and live performances by Stephen Ackles,  Kyle Esplin and Micke Muster. See for more information.

Jerry to appear on David Letterman Show

According to this website Jerry will appear on the David Letterman Show on  Friday, April 28.

April 2, 2006

Former band  member Joel Schumacher passed away

We received the sad news that, after a long and difficult illness, former band member Joel Schumacher  passed away last night. He played both bass and guitar for Jerry from 1976 - 1983 and again from 1986 - 1989. The fans remember Joel as a warm  person, who brought a new sound to the band. Our thoughts are with his family. May he rest in peace.

Kenny  Lovelace, Jerry Lee Lewis and Joel Schumacher in Hamburg, 1977
Picture: Piet Versteijnen

April 1, 2006

Jerry  announced to play festival in Bobital, France on July 8

According  to this website Jerry will play the "Festival des Terre Neuvas" In  Bobital, France (close to Dinan) on Saturday, July 8. The other rock and  roll legends Little Richard and Chuck Berry will also play there that same night.


March 29, 2006


New show:  Kansas City (MO), June 9. See Concerts section.


March 28, 2006

Jerry back in France

Another new show added to European Tour  in June: Paris, June 16. See Concerts section.

March 21, 2006

New show added to European Tour in June: Berlin, June 25. See Concerts section.

March 20, 2006

Linda Gail Lewis and the Lewis 3 to appear in Amsterdam on April 8. See

Linda Gail Lewis en de Lewis 3 treden 8 april op in Amsterdam. Zie

March 17, 2006

Cancelled  Germans shows are confirmed to be rescheduled for June: Hamburg (June 19), Stuttgart (June  21) and Frankfurt (June 23). See Concerts Section for details.

More pictures  of Jerry's recent European tour added toPictures Section.

March 12, 2006

More reports of German shows in Reports section and more pictures in Pictures section.

March 12, 2006

More reports of German shows in Reports section and more pictures in Pictures section.

March 11, 2006

Report and pictures of Bocholt  show (March 10) in Reports section and Pictures section.

March 9, 2006

Report and pictures of Munich show (March 8) in Reports section and Pictures section. Another report (in German) and more pictures can be found  on the Bavarian website.

Clip of Munich show on website of German TV Channel ZDF.

Pictures of  Jerry's appearance in Istanbul (March 6) onthis Turkish site. A full report of this show will appear in the fanzinFire Ball Mail.

New  European shows to be expected

Apart from the Clapham show on August 6, several other shows might be scheduled for the UK in August. When new show dates are confirmed, they will be announced on this  website. Some of the cancelled German shows have been announced to  be rescheduled to June, but this has not been confirmed yet.

March 6, 2006

Jerry back in the UK in August

According to this website, Jerry will play the Rhythm Festival in Clapham (UK) on Sunday, August 6.

March 5, 2006

More reports of Farum show (March 3) in Reports section.

March 4, 2006

Report of last night's show in Farum (Denmark) in Reports section.

Pictures of  last night's show in Pictures section.

March 3, 2006

Set list of  tonight's show in Farum (Denmark)

Thanks to Folke Myrvang:

1) Roll Over Beethoven
2) You Win Again
3) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
4) Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave
5) Sweet Little 16
6) Johnny B. Goode
7) Trouble In Mind
8)Before The Night Is Over
9)Touching Home
10) In the Mood
11) You Belong To Me
12) Lewis Boogie
13) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
14) Great Balls Of Fire

March 1, 2006

Full report of Belterra show (February 25) in Reports section.


February 27, 2006


Pictures added of Belterra show (February 25). SeePictures section.

February 26, 2006

Set list of last night's show in Belterra

 Thanks to Folke Myrvang:

The Band:
1) Bony Moronie (Kenny Lovelace)
2) Lonely Weekends (Robert Hall)
3) Bye Bye Johnny / Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller (BB Cunningham)
4) Big Boss Man (Buck Hutcheson)

1) Roll Over Beethoven
2) You Win Again
3) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
4) Touching Home
5) Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave
6) Before The Night Is Over
7) You Belong To Me
8) Sweet Little 16
9) She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye
10) Little Queenie
11) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
12) Great Balls Of Fire

"Jerry was not in top form due to a heavy flu. He was on stage maybe 50  minutes and was fighting the gravel in his throat on several occasions.  His speaking voice was difficult to understand, but he sang good in  spite of this. Everyone is looking forward to the tour and it should be good!"

Jerry  Lee Lewis at the Belterra Casino (February 25, 2006)
Picture: Jen

February 22, 2006

Four German  shows of the coming European tour cancelled. New show added: Bocholt  (Germany), March 10

Four of the five German dates of the coming  European tour are cancelled: Hamburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Berlin.  Those cancellations have nothing to do with Jerry or the European tour promoter, but are due to the local promoter of these four gigs. The  shows in Farum, Istanbul and Munich are confirmed and will happen as scheduled.

Instead, a new show has been scheduled for Friday, March 10. The show  will take place in the Kinodrom, Bocholt (Germany), 45 minutes from Düsseldorf. The ticket price is just 35 euro. Watch out, capacity is only 300 seats! See poster for booking details.  See also

February 10, 2006

Reviews of last Wednesday's show in Sioux Falls on and

February 5, 2006

Jerry  interviewed by Argus Leader

In anticipation of the show at Sioux Falls Arena this Wednesday, the website Argus Leader had the opportunity to have an e-mail interview with Jerry. He talks about rock 'n' roll and  his upcoming new album The Pilgrim. His personal favorite song of the  album is "Twilight" with Robbie Robertson. See this link for the entire interview.

February 2, 2006

Another  delay for new album "The Pilgrim"

According to this article on a website from the Sioux Falls area (where Jerry will perform next week ), the release of Jerry's new album "The Pilgrim" has been moved back again. The release was set for March, but now "Lewis' camp is saying it will be released sometime in the year's second quarter, April to June."
Over the last two years, many release dates were announced and were  proven wrong at the end. Neither date was confirmed by the recording  label. There is still no mention of the album on the
official website of Columbia/Sony.

See this page for all information about The Pilgrim known so far.

Message  from Jerry's sister Frankie Jean to all Jerry Lee Lewis fans

Jerry's sister Frankie Jean Lewis Terrell is running The Lewis Museum in Jerry's birth place Ferriday, Louisiana. The museum has a unique collection of pictures and memorabilia that can only  be found there. Now that the the taxes are due at the museum, Frankie asked us to help her generate donations to help her pay the taxes and  keep this unique museum running.Any  donation is more than welcome. Donations can be sent to:

The Jerry Lee Lewis Museum
712 Louisiana Avenue
Ferriday, LA 71334

If you would like her to write back to you,  please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

For more information about the museum, see


January 21, 2006


Two reports  and pictures of last  night's show in North Bethesda, Maryland. See Reports section.


First  characteristics of last night's show in North Bethesda, Maryland

Edmund sent in the following report. Thanks  Edmund!

The band:

1) Slippin' And Slidin'
2) Lonely Weekends
3) Big Boss Man
4) Columbus Stockade Blues


1) Roll Over Beethoven
2) Sweet Little Sixteen
3) Over The Rainbow
4) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
5) Georgia On My Mind (made some nice comments about Ray, saying how he  enjoyed his movie)
6) Before The NIght Is Over
7) Chantilly Lace
8) You Win Again
9) Trouble In Mind
10) Mexicali Rose
11) Crazy Arms
12) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
13) Great Balls Of Fire (extented piano solo, like movie soundtrack. Was great.)

"Sorry, I don't remember the direct order in which he did the songs. He  did say before he did Before The Night Is Over that his album was being released this month. He added that he has heard this month after month,  but they promised him it's coming out this month.

Jerry was in perfect form, although he walked out very slowy and left  slowy, and you could hear his age when he spoke. However, when he played  the piano and sang he was in perfect form. I couldn't believe how great  he sounded. I give this show 5 stars all the way. I wasn't disappointed,  if there was ever a disappointment it was only in the fact I wanted him to play all night long. The whole show counting his band's number lasted 75 minutes, so I don't htink anyone got cheated. And Jerry was out there  most of the time! so I would say Jerry's was between 45 - 60 min's long,  so I thought he did well."

New show:  Belterra, Indiana (February 25). See Concerts section.

Linda Gail Lewis to appear in Amsterdam with The Lewis 3 on April 8

Saturday,  April 8, 2006
The Cruise Inn, Zuiderzeeweg 29, Amsterdam
Show starts at 21h15, doors open at 20h30

Support: The William Smulders Band

Tickets: € 17,50 (members) / € 22,50 (non-members)

For reservations:

For further information:

January 16, 2006

Two new shows  in March: Istanbul (March 6) and Stuttgart (March 14). SeeConcerts section.

January 10, 2006

Two reports and pictures of show in  Florence, Alabama (January 7)added toReports  section.

January 9, 2006

 Characteristics of show in Florence, Alabama (January 7)

Set  list:

1) Roll Over Beethoven
2) You Win Again
3) Sweet Little Sixteen
4) Georgia On My Mind
5) Over The Rainbow
6) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
7) She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye
8) Me and Bobby McGee
9) Before The Night Is Over
10) Chantilly Lace
11) Great Balls Of Fire
12) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

Show length: 50 minutes

The band was the usual line-up plus a  local guitar player. Jerry was very angry with the sound  engineers after his first song; things improved latter. On this occassion Kenny Lovelace, at the end, did not say, "Thanks also to the guys on sound and lights - great job!" as he often does. Nonetheless, it had been a successful show and everyone in the audience must have been  satisfied.

Thanks to Peter Hayman, whose full report will appear in the nextFire Ball Mail.


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