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CD: Jerry Lee Lewis – SOUTHERN ROOTS

SOUTHERN ROOTS
– 2 Discs
Artist
– Jerry Lee Lewis
Cd1
– Songs
Meat
Man – When A Man Loves A Woman – Hold On (alternative version) –
Just A Little Bit – Born To Be A Loser – Haunted House – Blue Berry
Hill – The Revolutionary Man – Big Blue Diamond – That Old
Bourbon Street Church – Silver Threads Among The Gold – Hold On
(original version) – Take Your Time –All Over Hell And Half Of
Georgia – I Sure Miss Those Good Old Times – Raining In My Heart
– Honey Hush – Cry – Margie
SOUTHERN
ROOTS –CD1”

– Holds an unusual
blend of music for
“the
killer king
” Jerry
Lee Lewis, who manages to bring the mix off anyway. Let me give you
some examples of what I mean about
“mix”.
The Meat Man”
– written by Mack Vickery, sung by Jerry Lee Lewis: Recorded: Live
Worcester MA. October 5, 1984 Album: The Silver Eagle Cross Country
Show. This song takes a fast talker with a bit of a rogue in him to
pull it off, and old Jerry Lee is just the fit for the suit.
When
a Man Loves a Woman

– is a “
classic”
blues type song, and one doesn’t usually associate “
classic”
with Jerry Lee Lewis’s colors; however, blues shine for him. This
song was actually written by Percy Sledge himself. However, Sledge
wanted credit for it to go to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright. The
song was recorded by
Percy
Sledge
in 1966 at
Norala Sound Studio in
Sheffield,
Alabama
. It made
number one on both the
Billboard
Hot 100
and R&B
singles charts. It was listed 54th in the List of
Rolling
Stone magazine
‘s
500 greatest songs of all time. The
sidemen
for this recording included
Spooner
Oldham
, organ;
Marlin Greene, guitar; Albert “Junior” Lowe, bass and
Roger
Hawkins
, drums.
It was later covered by
Michael
Bolton
in 1991,
whose version also reached number one on the U.S. pop and
adult
contemporary

singles charts (Bolton received a
Grammy
Award
for this
song). The
Michael
Bolton
version has
the distinction of being the last number one song to chart on the old
Billboard
Hot 100
charting
system
which relied on sales and
airplay
reports before switching over to Soundscan.
Barbara
Mandrell
recorded
a Country
version
of
the song that
same year. The song has also been recorded by
Jerry
Butler
, Art
Garfunkel
, Luba,
and
Karen
Dalton
. Sledge’s
version was also a top ten hit in the
UK
peaking at number four on its initial release and peaking at number
two in 1987 after it was featured in a
Levi’s
Jeans commercial.
Big
Blue Diamonds

is a song written by Earl J. (Kit) Carson in 1950 and published by
Lois Music,
BMI.
Although “Big Blue Diamonds” was originally written as a
country song it has been able to switch genres from
country
to
rhythm
and blues
to
rock
‘n roll
to
jazz.
Sure enough Jerry Lee fits any of those categories. It was first
recorded by
Red
Perkins
and
originally issued as a
78rpm
single on
King
Records
#903
b/w “Rag Man Boogie” in
1950.
Many artists have recorded the song throughout the years, sometimes
with a variation of the title including: “
Blue
Diamond
“,
“Big Blue Diamond,” and “Big Blue Diamonds”.
Fans
reminiscent of the 1950/1960 era will find Jerry Lee Lewis working it
all the way through in
“killer
style”
for sure with
these two Cds.  
Southern
Roots Cd1
brings it back
home with hits from Fats Domino’s thrill on
‘Blue
Berry Hill’
to Johnny
Ray’s heartaches that hung around too long in
‘Cry’….
but all done Jerry Lee’s way this time.
Being
a producer, director, and promotional manager, I find most of the fun
and interesting things of recording a song lies behind the scenes of
what goes on backstage in rehearsals, between recording sessions. 
If you have never had the opportunity to listen in on any of the
‘chit-chat’ bull that
actually creates the mood set for recording a song, then you will
find out what it is like on the accompanying

Southern Roots Cd2.
Warning:  Cd2 may not
be for the faint-hearted and certainly is not all for younger
audiences. 
But
trust me you will enjoy the completed results the
‘killer
delivers on the Cd1 songs.
(c) Anne Blake for Country Music News International Magazine

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