Jerry Lee Lewis

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Please refer to the "Other" for see the essential sets of recordings, covering the different periods of Jerry Lee Lewis' creative work.
For the release entirely performed by Jerry Lee Lewis with the rare recordings see the disc 1 "Feel So Good" in the 8-LP set "Sun Records Into the 60's".
See also the "group of one session" The Million Dollar Quartet.

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Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, who is often known by his nickname of The Killer and is often viewed as "rock & roll's first great wild man."

As an early pioneer of rock and roll music, in 1956 Lewis made his first recordings at Sun Records in Memphis. "Crazy Arms" sold 300,000 copies in the South, but it was his 1957 hit "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" that shot Lewis to fame worldwide. Lewis followed this when he recorded songs such as "Great Balls of Fire", "Breathless" and "High School Confidential". However, Lewis's rock and roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin when he was 22 years old.

He had little success in the charts following the scandal and his popularity quickly faded. His live performance fees plummeted from $10,000 per night to $250. In the meantime he was determined to gain back some of his popularity. During the early 1960s, he did not have much chart success with few exceptions such as "What'd I Say". His live performances at this time were increasingly wild and energetic. His album Live at the Star Club, Hamburg from 1964 is often regarded by many music journalists and fans as one of the wildest and greatest rock and roll concert albums ever. After recording songs such as "I'm on Fire" for several years with little success, in 1968 Lewis made a transition into country music and had hits with songs such as "Another Place, Another Time". This reignited his career and throughout the late 1960s and 1970s he regularly topped the country-western charts. His No. 1 country hits included "To Make Love Sweeter For You", "There Must Be More to Love Than This", "Would You Take Another Chance on Me" and "Me and Bobby McGee".

Lewis's successes continued throughout the decade and he embraced his rock and roll past with songs such as a cover of the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" and Mack Vickery's "Rockin' My Life Away". In the 21st century Lewis continues to tour to audiences around the world and still releases new albums. One such album, titled Last Man Standing, is his best selling to date at over a million copies sold worldwide. This was followed by Mean Old Man, which has received some of the best sales of Lewis's career.

Lewis has a dozen gold records in both rock and country. He won several Grammy awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. Lewis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and his pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In 1989, his life was chronicled in the movie Great Balls of Fire, starring Dennis Quaid. In 2003, Rolling Stone listed his box set All Killer, No Filler: The Anthology number 242 on their list of "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2004, they ranked him number 24 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Lewis is the last surviving member of Sun Records' Million Dollar Quartet and the Class of '55 album, which also included Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Jerry Lee Lewis Jerry Lee Lewis 4
1961 Jerry Lee's Greatest! Jerry Lee Lewis 5
1965 Country Songs for City Folks Jerry Lee Lewis 4
1965 The Return of Rock Jerry Lee Lewis 3
1967 Breathless Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1967 Soul My Way Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1968 Another Place Another Time Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1969 A Taste of Country Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1969 Rockin' Rhythm & Blues Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1969 She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left of Me) Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1969 The Golden Cream of the Country Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1969 Together Jerry Lee Lewis & Linda Gail Lewis 1
1970 Ole Tyme Country Music Jerry Lee Lewis 2
1971 Johnny Cash & Jerry Lee Lewis Sing Hank Williams Johnny Cash / Jerry Lee Lewis 2
1971 Touching Home Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1972 Rural Route #1 Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1972 The "Killer" Rocks On Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1972 Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1973 Sometimes a Memory Ain't Enough Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1973 Southern Roots Jerry Lee Lewis 2
1973 The Session Recorded in London With Great Guest Artists Jerry Lee Lewis 5 11
1974 Collectors Edition Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1974 I-40 Country Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1974 Jerry Lee Lewis and His Pumping Piano Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1975 Odd Man In Jerry Lee Lewis 3
1975 Boogie Woogie Country Man Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1976 Country Class Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1977 Country Memories Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1977 Golden Hits of Jerry Lee Lewis Jerry Lee Lewis 3
1979 Jerry Lee Lewis Jerry Lee Lewis 3
1980 When Two Worlds Collide Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1980 Killer Country Jerry Lee Lewis 5 1
1982 My Fingers Do the Talkin' Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1982 The Wild One at the High School Hop Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1985 Four Legends Jerry Lee Lewis, Faron Young, Mel Tillis, Webb Pierce 3
1986 Class of '55: Memphis Rock & Roll Homecoming Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison & Johnny Cash 5
1987 The Country Sound of Jerry Lee Lewis Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1988 Rocket Jerry Lee Lewis 4
1989 Great Balls Of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1989 A Portrait of ..... Jerry Lee Lewis Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1992 That Breathless Cat Jerry Lee Lewis 1
1995 Young Blood Jerry Lee Lewis 2
1996 Duets: Jerry Lee Lewis and Friends Jerry Lee Lewis with Jimmy Ellis 1
2004 Southern Roots / Boogie Woogie Country Man Jerry Lee Lewis 1
2006 Last Man Standing Jerry Lee Lewis 3
2010 Mean Old Man Jerry Lee Lewis 3
2012 Live At Third Man Records Jerry Lee Lewis 1
2013 She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye / There Must Be More to Love Than This Jerry Lee Lewis 1
2014 Knox Phillips Sessions Jerry Lee Lewis 1
2014 Rock & Roll Time Jerry Lee Lewis 1

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