Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (1957)
Jerry Lee Lewis
Writing is co-credited to Dave "Curlee" Williams, and James Faye "Roy" Hall




Is there an early rock & roller who has a crazier reputation than the Killer,
Jerry Lee Lewis? His exploits as a piano-thumping egocentric wild man with an
unquenchable thirst for living have become the fodder for numerous biographies,
film documentaries, and a full-length Hollywood movie. Certainly few other
artists came to the party with more ego and talent than he and lived to tell
the tale. And certainly even fewer could successfully channel that energy into
their music and prosper doing it as well as Jerry Lee. When he broke on the
national scene in 1957 with his classic "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," he was
every parents' worst nightmare perfectly realized: a long, blonde-haired
Southerner who played the piano and sang with uncontrolled fury and abandon,
while simultaneously reveling in his own sexuality. He was rock & roll's first
great wild man and also rock & roll's first great eclectic. Ignoring all manner
of musical boundaries is something that has not only allowed his music to have
wide variety, but to survive the fads and fashions as well. Whether singing a
melancholy country ballad, a lowdown blues, or a blazing rocker, Lewis'
wholesale commitment to the moment brings forth performances that are totally
grounded in his personality and all singularly of one piece. Like the recordings
of Hank Williams, Louis Armstrong, and few others, Jerry Lee's early recorded
work is one of the most amazing collections of American music in existence.

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