Jerry Lee Lewis
"LEWIS BOOGIE" – B.M.I.
Composer: - Jerry Lee Lewis
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 315
Recorded: - June 1957
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - June 15, 1958
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN
LEWIS BOOGIE / THE RETURN OF JERRY LEE
Reissued: - 1996 Bear
Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803 DI-2-22 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Lewis - Vocal and Piano
Roland Janes - Guitar
Unknown - Bass
Jimmy M. Van Eaton – Drums
"Lewis Boogie" (Sun 301) is written by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1956 and released as a single in June 1958 on Sun Records and backed with "The Return of Jerry". The recording
was reissued in 1979 as a 7" 45 single as Sun 29 as part of the Sun Golden Treasure Series. The song was also released in the United Kingdom
and Canada as a single. The first edition of the single listed "The Return of Jerry" on both sides and was credited to "Louis" rather than "Lewis". The editing and recording of "The Return of
Jerry Lee" was done by Jack Clement and George Klein on May 30, 1958. The single of "Lewis Boogie" was also released in the United
Kingdom as a 45 single in 1964 on London Records as London HLS 9867 backed with "Bonnie B". The song was also released in Canada in 1958 as a 45 single on Quality Records.
Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a live version of the song with the British band The Nashville
Teens on the landmark 1964 live album ''Live At the Star Club, Hamburg'', regarded critically as one of the greatest live albums
in rock and roll history.
The track appeared on the 1984 Rhino
Records collection 18 Original Sun Greatest Hits which featured the most successful recordings by Jerry Lee Lewis on the Sun label. The song appeared in a new recording by
Jerry Lee Lewis in the 1989 Orion Pictures biopic ''Great Balls of Fire''! during the closing credits. "Lewis Boogie" is featured in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic
''Walk The Line''. It was performed by Waylon Payne in the film and its soundtrack. In 2007, the song was featured on the live album ''Last Man Standing Live'', recorded in 2006 in collaboration with other musicians.
Robert Palmer writes that the song "was a mixture of local black influences, the hillbilly boogie and rhythm and blues that were so popular on Southern jukeboxes when
he was growing up, and--the most crucial inregidient--the Killer's individual musical genius''. Charlie Gillett writes that at "his best-as in..."Lewis Boogie (1958)"-Lewis epitomized the careless confidence that some people liked rock and roll for."
For this flipside (SUN 301), Sun resurrected one of Jerry Lee's throwaway studio jams from this summer. In retrospect, it is the unpretentious "Lewis Boogie" that has endeared the record to
collector over the years. (HD) (MH)