Jerry Lee Lewis
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"Last Man Standing"
August 29 - 04, 2021
Year of Release: 2006
Rock And Roll
Before The Night Is Over
(w/Mick Jagger Ronnie Wood)
You Don't Have To Go
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
Couple More Years
Trouble In Mind
I Saw Her Standing There(w/Little Richard)
What Makes The Irish Heart Beat
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Jerry Lee Lewis IS the Last Man Standing... He would the last man living from the (Sun Records') Million Dollar Quartet - Elvis (d. 1977), Carl
Perkins (d. 1998), Johnny Cash (d. 2003). And, let us not forget two other legends who also recorded for Sun: Roy Orbison (d. 1988), and Charlie Rich (d. 1995).
Sun Records was owned by Sam Phillips (d. 2003). Jerry Lee Lewis is still with us, and still recording, at age 85. (His latest album was released in 2014).
Throughout his entire career in recording, starting in the year 1958 through 1995, his albums were basically "Jerry Lee Lewis albums"; that is, Jerry Lee at the
piano, and him at the mic. For 2006's Last Man Standing, it's an album of duets - Duets with the many legends in music themselves: 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.
Leading off the album is "Rock And Roll." Originally recorded by Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page is Jerry's guest duet. Jerry Lee's version is very different
than it's original; it's the Jerry Lee Lewis style that makes his version great. I am not familiar with the next tune - "Before The Night Is Over." It was
written by Ben Peters, who was a Country music songwriter. His songs were (mostly) covered by Charley Pride. It's a great duet, with Jerry Lee's vocals, and B.B.'s
distinctive guitar sound.
Bruce Springsteen duets on one his famous songs, "Pink Cadillac." I'll have to argue here, that Bruce's original version is better. Mick Jagger wrote
the next tune, "Evening Gown," and Mick and another Rolling Stone member joins in, Ronnie Wood. This has the definite "Jerry Lee Lewis Country Sound."
Boogie Woogie blues with Neil Young on the next one, "You Don't Have To Go," written by Jimmy Reed.
The next duet is with The Band's Robbie Robertson. The Band's "Twilight" is different than the original, yet, it's Jerry Lee and his unique sound.
John Fogerty is next, with one of Creedence Clearwater Revival's most memorable hits, "Travelin' Band." It's Jerry Lee-styled of course, and is almost as
good as the original. Keith Richards joins "That Kind Of Fool," written by Country songwriter Mack Vickery. The familiar Jerry Lee Country styled is heard
here. The Chuck Berry written "Sweet Little Sixteen" has Beatle Ringo Starr joining in, and this one is "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" styled.
The Country'ish "Just A Bummin' Around" (with Merle Haggard) was recorded by Jimmy Dean. It fits the Country of both Jerry Lee and Merle. The Rolling
Stones' "Honky Tonk Woman" (with Kid Rock) is Country styled, and let us not forget, that the Stones did their own Country version of this classic song.
Yet, Jerry Lee kicks it into high gear with his own Country version. Jerry Lee had previously recorded "What's Made Milwaukee Famous," and with Rod Stewart,
it's another designated Jerry Lee tune, and Rod Stewart's voice sounds younger, giving it it's own touch to this duet.\
Bob Wills co-wrote the next song, as George Jones duets with Jerry - "Don't Be Ashamed Of Your Age." It's a good duet for the both of them, in Jerry Lee
Country style. Willie Nelson joins Jerry on "Couple More Years," as it is definitely a "willie sounding tune." Good ol' Country gets Toby Keith with Jerry on
the next duet, "Ol' Glory." Eric Clapton joins the next duet, with "Trouble In Mind." It has great piano (Jerry Lee) and great guitar (Clapton).
And it's another great Jerry Lee Lewis track.
Little Richard duets on the Beatles classic "I Saw Her Standing There." It's a great boogie woogie tune, with two great piano rock n roll legends.
"Lost Highway" has Delaney Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie). This song was written by Leon Payne, and has been covered by many, including Hank Williams, Johnny
Horton, Leon Russell, and many others. Boggie woogie blues gets Buddy Guy on the next duet, with "Hadacol Boogie."
"What Makes The Irish Heart Beat" has Eagle member Don Henley joining Jerry, as this song was written by Van Morrison. It's another Country-flavored tune.
And ending the album is another Country-flavored tune with Kris Kristofferson - "The Pilgrim." Definitely Country, and it has a Willie Nelson sound, that even
Willie could have recorded himself.
Last Man Standing has more Country-sounding tunes, and it all fits the style of Jerry Lee Lewis, when he recorded many Country songs and albums, primarily
from the 1970s decade. Great songs and great duets are here, with an all-star cast of famous musicians. As if they are legends themselves, just as Jerry Lee Lewis
This says it all on the album's CD back cover, referring to the early years of Rock N Roll, and the many artists who became the early legends: 50 years ago,
Sam Phillips' legendary Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee was the home of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis, the founding fathers of rock
and roll -- Today, Jerry Lee Lewis is "The Last Man Standing."
15 years later after this album was released, six names that helped out Jerry Lee Lewis are no longer with us: B.B. King (d. 2015), Merle Haggard (d. 2016),
George Jones (d. 2013), Little Richard (d. 2020), Delaney Bramlett (d. 2008). Jerry Lee Lewis is still with us today, currently at age 85...
KEITH RICHARDS on the other hand....
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