All killer, no filler

It wasn’t until I was waiting for my car to warm up for the drive to work this morning that I realized that today is the birthday of the Killer himself, Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis. He turns the ripe old age of 70.

The man is a credit to rock ‘n’ roll. He was a deeply devided religious man, convinced that the music he was playing would send people straight to hell. This is even as he would set his piano on fire. This is despite his marrying his teenaged cousin. Setting things on fire? Marrying an underage girl? Thinking that his music was inspired by the devil? Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath have nothing on our country boy.

Ignore the cartoony movie starring Randy Quaid. Just go buy his greatest hits compilation, throw it on, and remember that pianos used to be rockin’ long before Elton John and Ben Folds. The man did “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, which along with Little Richard‘s “Good Golly Miss Molly” and Billy Ward & the Dominoes “Sixty Minute Man”, still manages to be amazingly smutty nearly fifty years after its release.

Here’s Mr. Lewis doing a cover of the Warren Smith classic Ubangi Stomp.”