What do the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Top 50 all-time Billboard Country artists and Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Artists have in common? Jerry Lee Lewis is part of each one. Without Jerry Lee, Lewis Rock N’ Roll would not be the same. What an honor it was to get to see this living legend. With the losses of both Chuck Berry and Fats Domino this year, Lewis is one of the last surviving pioneers of Rock N’ Roll and the only one that is still an active performer. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the release of his hit “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” and Lewis’s 82nd Birthday.
At 82, Jerry Lewis still plays with the same enthusiasm he did over 50 years ago and there really is nothing like seeing this icon live in concert. Before Lewis took the stage at the Ace Hotel Friday night (Nov. 24) there was a video of various interviews from contemporaries like Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips to artists he influenced like Don Henley and John Fogerty all talking about his importance and what made him unique. Although the set was just 30 minutes, Lewis rocked like he did 60 years ago and played songs including a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire.” The show ended after “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin' On" Lewis came out and waved farewell to audience members in the front before exiting the stage.
Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the last surviving pioneers of early Rock N’ Roll and the last surviving member of Sun Record’s Million Dollar Quartet which included, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins.