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1974 Charly Records (LP) 33rpn CR 300002 mono

Recorded at 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. Produced by Sam Phillips. Compilation and Mastering by Georges Collange at Magnum International, Paris, France. Cover concept and Art by Jacques Parnell. Printed by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.

Side 1 Contains
1.1 - Friday Nights
1.2 - Wild One (Real Wild Child)
1.3 - Whole Lot Of Twistin'
1.4 - Dixie (Instrumental)
1.5 - Rock And Roll Ruby
1.6 - Carry On
1.7 - Sail Away
1.8 - Pumping Piano Rock
Original Sun Recordings

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - Hound Dog
2.2 - Hong Kong Blues
2.3 - Rocking The Boat Of Love
2.4 - Near You (Instrumental)
2.5 - Cool, Cool Ways
2.6 - Ooby Dooby
2.7 - Someday
2.8 - Shanty Town
Original Sun Recordings


1975 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 300006 mono

Phonographic copyright Charly Records. Licensed from Sun International Corporation. Distribution by Imprimerie Rogo. Pressed by A.R.E.A.C.E.M. Cover design by Charles Serruya and Roland Milet. Mastered by Georges Collange.

Jerry Lee Lewis, country and rock and roll singer born in Ferriday, Louisiana, on September 29, 1935. In his youth, Lewis listened to many Al Jolson records (he still has a large collection). The subject of Jerry Lee's musical influences has been raised countless times, and continues to be because nobody can come up with a very satisfying answer - least of all the man himself, who tends to dismiss such questions by declaring he never had any. Students of the music have suggested to Jerry that he might have been influenced by artists as diverse as country boogie pianist Merrill Moore ("never heard of him, son"), or black boogie-woogie pianist Cecil Gant ("Cecil who?").

One of the few names to elicit a glimmer of recognition is Moon Mullican, the self-proclaimed King of the Hillbilly Piano Players, but Mullican probably did no more than reaffirm Lewis' conviction that the piano had a place in country music. Mullican's music was marked by restraint - never, after all, a hallmark of Lewis' style.

Lewis' cousin, Carl McVoy, was probably his most direct early influence. McVoy's mother, Lewis' mother, and Jimmy Swaggart's mother were sisters; McVoy was older than Jerry Lee and has been to New York with his father, who ran a ministry there for a few years. He learned the primitive joys of boogie-woogie in New York and returned to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to work in construction. One summer, Jerry Lee Lewis came to stay. "He worried the hell out of me", recalled McVoy, "wanting me to show him things on the piano. I think I was instrumental in the way his style developed, because I got attention when I played. I rolled my hands and put on a damn show. When Jerry went back to Ferriday, he played everything I knew".

And then there was Haney's Big House, a black juke joint outside Ferriday. "Me and Jimmy Lee Swaggart used to slip in there, hide behind the bar, and listen to B.B. King when he wasn't but eighteen years old", Lewis recounted to Dave Booth. "That place was full of colored folks. They'd been picking cotton all day, they had a twenty-five-cent pint of wine in their back pocket, and they was gettin' with it!".

Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart were regular, though unwelcome, guests at Haney's, owned by their uncle Lee Calhoun. Lewis and Swaggart were later seen as opposite sides of a disordered personality - until it was revealed in February 1988 that Swaggart had been consorting with prostitutes and had, as he termed it, "a problem" with pornography. The public defrocking and humiliation that followed revealed how close, in fact, they were.

In truth, the influences close to home, like Carl McVoy and the roadhouse rhythm and blues bands who played at Haney's, were probably more important in the formation of Lewis' style than artists on the radio.

Yet of the artists whom Jerry heard on the radio, he has always singled out Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Al Jolson as "stylists" - by which he means that they, like him, could take any song and mold it into an expression of their own personality.

Later, as his legend and ego grew, Jerry Lee would become more comfortable in making the connection: "Al Jolson", he would declare, "is Number One. Jimmie Rodgers is Number two. Number Three is Hank Williams. And Number Four is Jerry Lee Lewis".

And the one who held the greatest sway over Jerry Lee during his early years must have been Hank Williams. Everyday Saturday night during the late 1940s and early 1950s, Williams sang his bleak songs of misogyny and despair on the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry. He sang with the terrifying intensity of one who is staring the Angel of Death full in the face. Jerry has performed Williams' material throughout his career, and it usually elicits the best from him because he knows that he is up against some stiff competition in Williams himself.

On November 2, 1954, he cut his first acetate disc in the studio of KWKH radio in Shreveport, "I Don't Hurt Anymore"/"I Need You Now". His vocals aren't as strong, or as immediately identifiable, as they would become; the piano playing is a little mawkish and florid, as it would often tend to be on slow numbers. But the Lewis left hand was rock solid. Like Presley's first acetate, it can be invested with as much - or as little - significance as you like. It can be seen as a portent of future greatness, or merely a confirmation of the Hayride's judgment. "I believe", says Lewis, leaning toward the former, "if I heard it today, I'd declare that boy had talent".

In 1955 Jerry Lee Lewis went to Nashville and made the rounds of the record companies, most of which advised him to learn the guitar. One person who gave him a job was Roy hall, a pianist and raconteur who owned a Nashville after-hours drinking spot, the Musicians' Hideaway. After escaping a raid, Lewis went back to Ferriday and took up a steady gig across the river at a Natchez club called the wagon Wheel. Among the souvenirs he brought from Nashville was a song that Roy Hall had sung (and, by Hall's account, co-written) called "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On".

Jerry Lee Lewis grew fond of Elvis Presley's early recordings, and at some point in 1956, after reading an particle about Elvis Presley in Country Song Roundup, he decided that his music might fall upon more receptive ears in Memphis. In 1956 Jerry and his father, Elmo Lewis, sold thirteen dozen eggs and drove north to Memphis using the money they'd raised to book themselves into a hotel.

Then, Jerry Lee become the label's most recorded artist. His first release was "Crazy Arms"/"End Of The Road" (SUN 259) in November 14, 1956. Lewis' biggest hit record was "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (SUN 267). On the label he was billed as Jerry Lee Lewis and his Pumping Piano. Nicknamed "The Killer", he was the only guest to appear on "American Bandstand" who sang live rather than lip-synch to his record. Jerry made his national debut on "The Steve Allen Show", later naming one of his sons Steve Allen (the boy drowned in the family pool in 1962).

Lewis' career in rock and roll was ruined when in 1958 he married his thirteen-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown. (As if wasn't bad enough, Lewis was two weeks short of his final divorce decree from his previous, and second, wife, Jane. He had married his first wife, Dorothy, when he was only fourteen years old).

In 1960 he cut an instrumental on the Phillips International label, "In The Mood"/"I Get The Blues When It Rains" (Phillips 3559), under the name Hawk. Lewis was one of the participants in the famed Million Dollar Quartet session on December 4, 1956, in which Elvis Presley relinquished playing the piano so Lewis could play. In a session at Sun on February 14, 1958, Lewis tried his hand at performing a number of Elvis Presley hits, "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Jailhouse Rock", "Hound Dog", and "Don't Be Cruel", perhaps just to see how he would have done the songs.

He left Sun Records on September 29, 1963, to record for Mercury’s subsidiary label Smash, then run by Shelby Singleton.

In November 1976 Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested for shooting a gun outside the gates of Graceland in the early morning hours, when he was refused permission to see Elvis Presley. Lewis was a patient of Dr. George Nichopoulos, from whom he could obtain prescriptions for vast amounts of legal pills. Lewis has been successful in both the rock and country fields. In 1958 country artist Mickey Gilley recorded an unreleased version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" at Sun Records. Gilley, who was once the co-owner of Gilley's, the largest nightclub in the world, is Lewis' first cousin, and both Lewis and Gilley are cousins of evangelist Jimmy Swaggart. Jerry Lee Lewis' father, Elmo Lewis, like Vernon Presley, had spent time in prison - in Lewis' case for making moonshine. In 1962 Elmo Lewis recorded eight unreleased songs for Sun Records.

Elvis Presley recorded several Lewis hits, "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (SUN 267) and "What'd I Say" (SUN 356). In concert, Elvis Presley performed Lewis' "Breathless" (SUN 288) and "It'll Be Me" (SUN 267). In the 1988 TV miniseries "Elvis and Me" Elvis (Dale Midkiff) was shown singing "Great Balls Of Fire". Both Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded "High Heel Sneakers" and "Tomorrow Night", among other songs.

Jerry Lee Lewis mention Elvis Presley in two songs, "Lewis Boogie" (SUN 301) in 1958 and "It Won't Happen With Me" (SUN 364) in 1961.

Jerry Lee Lewis still toured around the world.

Side 1 Contains
1.1 - Sixty Minute Man
1.2 - Release Me
1.3 - Sick And Tired
1.4 - Let The Good Times Roll
1.5 - Slipping Around
1.6 - Little Green Valley
1.7 - So Long I Am Gone
1.8 - Crazy Heart
Original Sun Recordings

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - Set My Find At Easy
2.2 - I Know What It Means
2.3 - High Powered Woman
2.4 - Billy Boy
2.5 - Wild Side Of Life
2.6 - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
2.7 - Instrumental
2.8 - My Quadroon
Original Sun Recordings


1975 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 300007 mono

Recorded at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee. Licensed from Sun International Corporation. Phonographic copyright Carly Records. Mastered at Magnum International. Distribution by Sonopresse. Artwork by Dominique Gangloff. Compiled and mastered by Georges Collange.

Side 1 Contains
1.1 - Mexicali Rose
1.2 - Lucky Old Sun
1.3 - Ole Pal Of Yesterday
1.4 - All Night Long
1.5 - Come What May
1.6 - I Don't Love Nobody
1.7 - Tomorrow Night
1.8 - Shame On You
Original Sun Recordings

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - Carolina Sunshine Girl
2.2 - Instrumental (The Marines' Hymn)
2.3 - I Forgot To Remember To Forget
2.4 - No More Than I Get
2.5 - Nothing Shaking (Vocal Linda Gail Lewis)
2.6 - Just Who Is To Blame
2.7 - Born To Loose
2.8 - Long Gone Lonesome Blues
Original Sun Recordings


1978 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CRM 2001 mono

Jerry Lee Lewis, a two fisted piano rocker from the Deep South performing in bottle-green sunglasses, gold lame jacket, open shirt, tightly tapered black trousers and white buckskin shoes – is the most popular of the rock initiators – ''the wildest of ém all''. Jerry Lee is the piano-pulverising ''Blond Bomber'', ''Pied Piper of Louisiana'', ''The Great Balls of Fire Man'' and ''King Of The Shakin' Keyboard'', whose all-action stage act is calculated to take 10 years of the life of any piano – providing he's not doing his country thing. More about that later but. Just for now, I'll continue with the rock and roll side of things.....

The fans love it when the throws back his head, closes his eyes and lifts his hand two feet off the keyboard to strike chords, throwing the piano stool away from swooping up and down the keyboard, grabbing his guitarist's instrument for a mad solo, and lifting his right leg to play with the heel of his shoe! His frantic-paced stage act also includes playing the piano lid to assist the drummer, leaping onto the keyboard and then on top of the piano and shaking his body in true early Elvis Presley's style.

Jerry Lee Lewis, a name loved and respected by rock and roll fans for the past twenty years, was born on September 29, 1935, in Ferriday, Louisiana, the same Deep South territory which spawned Elvis Presley and other legendary rock and roll figures such as Bo Diddley, Charlie Feathers, and Ronnie Hawkins. ''The Killer'', as his fans now prefer to call him, has been playing the piano – storming the ivories – since he was nine. That was when his father, heard him practising on his Aunt Stella's piano, and mortaged the small family home for $900 – to buy him an almost new Stark upright piano, the piano that he eventually wrecked almost beyond repair. That battered instrument is now a showpiece in Jerry Lee's mansion in Memphis. The piano keys have holes worn in the ivory where Jerry used to beat them.

Jerry once throught of becoming a preacher, and spent a few months when he was 12, studying at the Bible Institute at Waxahatchie, Texas. That was before the Principal expelled him for playing a boogie-woogie version of ''My God Is Real'' at a student concert. He entered show business in 1948, his first public appearance jamming with a western swing band in a Ford car showroom in Ferriday. The result was that everyone; the band, sales staff, customers passers-by; they all clapped and cheered, and stamped their feet in time to the crashing rock and roll beat. To cap it all of, the local High-way Patrol officer passed his black stetson hat around and collected the most money Jerry Lee had ever had in his pocket – 10 dollars!

In February, 1956, Jerry Lee jumped into the driving seat of his father's battered blue Chevy, pointed the bonnet towards Tennessee, and gunned the gas pedal to seventeen. He smiled, thinking, Sun Records''I'm gonna get me an audition if I have to sit on the studio doorstep for three weeks! He was still smiling when the fin-tailed Chevy finally turned its dusty nose into the bumper-to-bumber traffic and blinking neon signs on Union Avenue, Memphis. Sam Phillips,, the Memphis record producer-executive who had discovered Elvis Presley for his Sun label, was away in Miami. Jack Clement, who was a member of the Sun Records A7R staff, saw Jerry Lee instead and asked him to cut a demo recording. That tape became his first record, ''Crazy Arms''. Jerry Lee says: ''It hit the pop charts and stayed in ém for weeks and weeks. It sold 300,000 copies... and brother, at that time, that was a bunch of records – especially for an unknown artist to sell''. His second record really exploded. ,''Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On'' eventually sold 600,000 copies (though it was temporantly banned by radio stations because of its suggestive lyrics, and sold only about 30,000 copies initially) to become one of the record industry's all-time biggest sellers. Three more Gold Disc hit followed, ''Great Balls Of Fire'' (Sung by Jerry in the film ''Disc Jockey Jamboree'' ''Breathless'', and ''High School Confidential''.

In May, 1958, Jerry Lee made his first visit to Britain. He was 22, and married to the daughter of his bass player. Some say that she was also a distant cousin, but the fact that she was only 13 was what made British audiences give him the cold shoulder – added to the allegation that he had married her five months before being divorced from his second wife. Married for the first time at 15, again at 17, Jerry was an old hand at the game by the time he was 22. But the British Press and public didn't want to know. After 3 performances the tour was cancelled and, amid a blaze of publicity, Jerry Lee and his child bride returned to the States, leaving behind 35,000 pound worth of bookins and a massive fine imposed by the Musician Union. He continued to create a successful performance image in America, increased his lead over other rock and roll performers in the popularity stakes and turned in more keyboard-shakin studio performances, ''Break Up'', and ''Lovin' Up A Storm'', etc.

Before he embarked on a highly successful career in country music in 1963, and started recording ballads and heartbreak songs for Smash Records, Jerry Lee had cut some 22 singles for Sun Records, not to mention a pile of unissued material. His Sun records rock like the proverbial clappers. Even now, twenty-two years after they were made, those early pumping piano country rock records can still be found on jukeboxes and record shop shelves all over the world. It they sound like the kind of roof-raising rock and roll sounds to spruce up your record collection... don't stand there reading the album cover like a newspaper, but plonk it on the turntable and play something. Which track? Well, let's see now. How about ''Great Balls Of Fire'' You won't be disappointed. Not if you close your eyes and imagine ''The Killer'' flaying his piano with karate chops, flicking back his long blond hair from out of his eyes, kicking away the piano stool, climbing on top of the piano and casually throwing the microphone over his shoulder and combing his hair with a silver comb at the end of the number...!

Liner notes by Waxie Maxie. Compilation by Barrie Gamblin, United Kingdom representative of The Jerry Lee Lewis International Fan Club.

Side 1 Contain
1.1 - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
1.2 - Don't Be Cruel
1.3 - Down The Line
1.4 - Let The Good Times Roll
1.5 - Jambalaya
1.6 - High School Confidential
1.7 - Jailhouse Rock
1.8 - Lewis Boogie
1.9 - Hound Dog
1.10 - What'd I Say
Original Sun Recordings

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - Lovin' Up A Storm
2.2 - Wild One
2.3 - Great Balls Of Fire
2.4 - Singing The Blues
2.5 - Little Queenie
2.6 - Mean Woman Blues
2.7 - Sixty Minute Man
2.8 - Lovesick Blues
2.9 - Breathless
2.10 - It'll Be Me
Original Sun Recordings


1978 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sun International 1002 mono

A very weird, and weirdly entertaining, curiosity of an album. The liner notes simply say that the sessions that produced these tracks are "clouded in mystery'', with the result that Lewis's lone duet partner on these tracks is never actually identified. Whoever he is, let's just say that he could make a very good living as an Elvis impersonator, and probably does. Let's also say that it's more than possible that his vocals were added years (if not decades) after the original sessions, which sound as if they derive from the early 1960s, just before Lewis left Sun Records. Let us also finally say that the album itself is not without a certain charm, though in the end, of course, it all comes down to caveat emptor.

"...A wonderful con devised by producer Shelby Singleton...Acquiring Lewis's Sun originals he persuaded Jimmy Ellis, perhaps the greatest Elvis impersonator, to imitate The King and overdubbing did the rest. Listeners were left open-mouthed...".

Factually this artificial album issued in 1978 was composed by two unequal parts:
(1) Most of tracks (9 of 11) are Jerry Lee Lewis recordings from sessions 1960-1962 later overdubbed by Jimmy Ellis on vocals.

(2) Two tracks ("Am I To Be The One" and "Sail Away") are Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Rich authentic duo recorded in 1959 and previously issued correspondingly in 1970 (on album ''Jerry Lee Lewis - A Taste Of Country'' without credit to Rich) and in 1975 (on compilation ''Kings Of Country Volume 2'' where Rich was credited).

So this album is performed, besides Jerry Lee Lewis himself, partially by "false friend" Jimmy Ellis (who never recorded together with Lewis) and partially by "true friend" Charlie Rich. Ellis and Rich were not credited, so them remain no-named mysterious "friends". Though Lewis Sun sessions from 1960 to 1963 were recorded in stereo, this album was released in mono (maybe because duos with Charlie Rich do not have stereo versions). In 1996 this album was also reissued on CD in stereo. Two mono duos with Charlie Rich were removed, and three other tracks with overdubs by Ellis were added. Liner notes Mojo Publisher.

Personnel: Jerry Lee Lewis (vocals and piano).
Digitally remastered by M.C. Rather and Hollis Flatt at Custom Mastering, Nashville, Tennessee.
Audio Remixer by Bob Smith
Producers by Sam C. Phillips, Jack Clement
Compilation producers: Shelby S. Singleton, Jim Wilson

Side 1
1.1 - Save The Last Dance For Me
1.2 - Sweet Little Sixteen
1.3 - I Love You Because
1.4 - C.C. Rider
1.5 - Am I To Be The One
1.6 - Sail Away
Original Sun Recordings

Side 2
2.1 - Cold Cold Heart
2.1 - Hello Josephine
2.3 - It Won't Happen With Me
2.4 - What 'd I Say
2.5 - Good Golly Miss Molly
Original Sun Recordings


1986 Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30111 mono

More tan anybody else, the Sun Record company and its success was tied in with Jerry Lee Lewis. By 1956 when Lewis came on the scene, Sam Phillips had already discovered Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.

But when he discovered Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam found something else entirely. He discovered the most prodigiously talented country music vocalist and pianist ever to emerge into rock music. Lewis not only had the sheer vocal and pianistic ability and desire to tackle any kind of song, be it country, blues or rock, he also had the drive to be the best, and out of this conviction he was able to developed a completely original style that would transmute any song and make it fit into the Jerry Lee style. He was in addition a fantastic stage performer, and a natural artist for American national and later international promotion. Phillips signed him to a long term contract and pinned the development of Sun on Lewis' success.

The Lewis style, dubbed by Phillips ''the Pumping Piano'', was dynamic. He began by interpreting country standards, like his first country hit ''Crazy Arms''. But soon he was scoring huge hits with a more rocking approach. Monster hits like ''Whole Lotta Shakin''', ''Great Balls Of Fire'' and ''High School Confidential'' led to greater acclaim, worldwide tours and movies appearances.

This album has collected together both sides of eight of Jerry Lee earliest singles, including his first five important releases and his two number one hits. Lewis loved to record songs associated with other artists, and on this album he takes from such diverse sources as Ray Price, The Commodores, Hank Williams and Ray Charles. Other were written for Lewis by fellow Sun artists: for instance Jack Clement wrote, ''It'll Be Me'' and ''Fools Like Me''. Roy Orbison wrote ''Down The Line'' and Charlie Rich wrote ''Breakup'' and ''I'll Make It All Up To You''. Lewis makes them all sound like Lewis originals. He did not need to be a composer because of that unusual ability. Lewis was a country boy, born in rural Louisiana at Ferriday in 1935, and he knew nothing about the rules of music. All he knew was the country and blues he heard in southern clubs and bars during the later forties and early fifties, and it is probably because of this that he adapted so well to any type of song.

The factor that comes most clearly from Lewis's records is the sheer power of his own singing and piano playing. However, there is no doubt that a very important contribution was made by the Sun session musicians, Roland Janes (guitar) and James Van Eaton (drums). They appear on most of the tracks included here and were very much a part of the ''Sun Sound'' for which Lewis's early discs are famous.

Second pressing. Compilation and liner notes by Martin Hawkins (co-author of ''Catalyst - The Sun Records Story'' by Escott/Hawkins. Cover design by Bernard Higton. Tracks recorded at 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, 1956/57/58, except side 2 tracks 7 and 8 at Sam Phillips Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, 1961.

Side 1 Contains
1.1 - Crazy Arms
1.2 - End Of The Road
1.3 - It'll Be Me
1.4 - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
1.5 - You Win Again
1.6 - Great Balls Of Fire
1.7 - Down The Line
1.8 - Breathless
Original Sun Recordings

Side 2 Contains
2.1 - High School Confidential
2.2 - Fools Like Me
2.3 - Breakup
2.4 - I'll Make It All Up To You
2.5 - Lovin' Up A Storm
2.6 - Big Blon Baby
2.7 - Livin' Lovin' Wreck
2.8 - What'd I Say
Original Sun Recordings


For Biography of Jerry Lee Lewis. See: > The Sun Biographies <
Jerry Lee Lewis's Sun recordings can be heard on his playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <