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Column #38 - published October 5, 2000

!! Jerry Lee Lewis is 65 !!

Photo courtesy: Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Fran Norwood


He was born on September 29, 1935, in Turtle Lake near Ferriday, Louisiana.

Elvis is gone, so is Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Sam Cooke, Carl Perkins, Johnny Horton, Bill Haley, and on and on.....

Thank God, Jerry Lee is still here, he is 65 years old, and still rockin' on all over the world!


Jerry Lee with Art Laboe at the El Monte Legion Hall in California

I remember it like it was yesterday: it was 1959 and I was with my mother in Focette (a sea resort near Viareggio, Italy) looking at the titles of the Juke Box of the American Bar, when all of a sudden I come across a name like Jerry Lewis, so I ask my Mom, I didn't know this comic actor could sing, is he any good??? No, no, no, my Mom said, it's Jerry LEE Lewis, NOT Jerry Lewis, and he is the latest Rock'n'Roll sensation from The States!!!


Jerry Lee with Art Laboe at the El Monte Legion Hall in California

A week earlier I had discovered LITTLE RICHARD on the same Juke Box, and now JERRY LEE LEWIS!! It was heaven on earth!! Soon I would buy all the SUN records I could find. My favorite songs were "Bonnie B", "As Long As I Live", "Lewis Boogie", "It'll Be Me", "Hillbilly Music", and many many more.

Over the years I went to many Jerry Lee Lewis concerts, and he has always delivered the most exciting Rock'n'Roll shows on this earth! From the second he walks on stage his charisma engulfs the whole place, and you're carried to different world, a different time, a different state of mind!


Jerry Lee in Milano?? Photo by Augusto Morini

I met and talked to Jerry Lee three times, and he was always very friendly and hospitable.




Jerry Lee at the Palomino in North Hollywood, early 1970s


I will end this column, by reprinting what I wrote to the Rockabilly List a year ago, after seeing Jerry Lee here in Las Vegas, June 27, 1999:

Just came back from the Silverton Casino after having seen Jerry Lee. The price was $19.50, and the stage was set outdoors around the pool area. When I got there, half an hour early, the place was already packed. The Baldwin piano was in the middle of the stage. Jerry's band, with James Burton and Kenny Lovelace on guitar, starts off doing some solid Rock'n'Roll classics. The sound is excellent, loud, but crisp and clean, you can hear everything perfectly.

When Jerry Lee finally comes on stage, it's pandemonium, the electricity is in the air, the crowd comes alive! Jerry Lee is in top form, doing mostly red hot rockin' material, his voice is super superb, piano playing smoking, and his persona--charisma--whatever you wanna call it-- enthrolling the whole audience!

Whatta show, what a Legend, what a hero, JERRY LEE LEWIS has no equals, a giant, just as much today as ever, clad in a red gab suit with his hair slicked back, he looked as good as he sounded!!! It's over 40 years later, and Jerry Lee and Rock'n'Roll are still here, more exciting, more soulful, and more needed than ever!!

I am so happy I went, and saw Jerry Lee Lewis, I had tears of joy in my eyes when I left, such was the power and soul that the Killer conveyed!!

God Bless You, Jerry Lee Lewis, an American Hero, The Soul Of Memphis, may you keep on rockin' forever!


Jerry Lee Lewis kind enough to sign this photo

"They say Rock'n'Roll will soon fade away, no matter what they say Rock'n'Roll is here to stay!" And so is Jerry Lee Lewis!!!

Always Rollin' The Rollin' Rock,
Rockin' Ronny Weiser
The Rockabilly Rebel Westerner From Las Vegas, The Wild Wild West!



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Col. #29 for 01/00 - ROCKIN' 2000!
Col. #28 for 12/99 - JOHNNY AND THE BLADES AT ROLLIN' ROCK!
Col. #27 for 11/99 - AN UPDATED IMPROVED SOUND?
Col. #26 for 10/99 - TIME TO RECLAIM "THE ROCK"
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Col. #24 for 8/99 - COMETS RECORD AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #23 for 7/99 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
Col. #22 for 6/99 - FINLAND IS A ROCKABILLY LAND!
Col. #21 for 5/99 - THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
Col. #20 for 4/99 - ROCKABILLY REBEL: A SHORT HISTORY
Col. #19 for 3/99 - PINBALL MILLIONAIRE
Col. #18 for 1/99 & 2/99 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 1999
Col. #17 - 12/98 - INTERNATIONAL ROCKABILLY REBELS MEET & GREET
Col. #16 - 11/98 - GROOVEY JOE POOVEY: Reminiscing
Col. #15 - 10/98 - CHARLIE FEATHERS
Col. #14 - 9/98 - NARVEL FELTS AT ROLLIN' ROCK!
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Col. #12 - 7/98 - THE JORDANAIRES
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Col. # 7 - 2/98 - 10 ROLLIN' ROCK CDs
Col. # 6 - 1/98 - SAM COOKE
Col. # 5 - 12/97 - LAS VEGAS IS A 1950's TOWN
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