Looking for Jerry Lee: Book reveals photos of rocker’s Valdosta show

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Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

This left-side print page of Rick Bragg’s Jerry Lee Lewis autobiography claims these 4 photographs of a early stone hurl star were taken in ‘Valdosta, Georgia, substantially early 1958.’



Posted: Thursday, Jan 8, 2015 7:15 am

Looking for Jerry Lee: Book reveals photos of rocker’s Valdosta show

Dean Poling

Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Jerry Lee Lewis sits during an honest piano. His blond hair slicked behind in silken black and white. Wooden chair tilted. One palm raised, palm upright, as if posing a question. Mic mount dipped opposite a thigh. The microphone whisper-shout tighten to Lewis’ lips.

It’s one of 4 small, straight photos in Rick Bragg’s recently expelled biography, “Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story.”

All 4 photos share a facile one-line heading per to this first father of stone roll: “Valdosta, Georgia, substantially early 1958.”

In another photo, a chair has toppled, expected by Lewis’ heading arise and flog from a keyboard. Microphone stays kissing stretch from Lewis’ mouth. One palm stays on a piano keys. The pompadour of blond hair distracted brazen in waves from Jerry Lee’s forehead. A associate musician peeks from behind. An assembly face stares in a background.

An bid to strech a name concomitant a Valdosta print heading — “Courtesy of Pierre Pennone” — has supposing no answers: where in Valdosta did Jerry Lee Lewis perform? No improved guess on a date other than “probably early 1958.”

Pennone is credited with several of a Lewis photos in Bragg’s book. An exploration into a Valdosta photos has left unanswered.

Another print shows Lewis still retaining a microphone stand. His hair still a tsunami of curls. His mouth open in some arrange of “Whole Lotta Shakin’” banshee wail. He no longer sits during or stands by a piano. He sits atop a honest piano. Ankles a peep of argyle socks, his feet hook widespread above a keyboard. Two fans mount above Lewis on a probable stairwell or balcony; one smiling face looks during something off camera; a other leans forward, eyes on a performer famous as “The Killer.”

Other than a photos, a book provides no additional assistance to Lewis’ Valdosta shows. Bragg’s content never mentions a Valdosta show.

It does discuss a uncover during an Adel facile propagandize auditorium during approximately a same time period.

These were days when Lewis rose to arguably wring a stone hurl climax from Elvis Presley, impending accession with hits such as “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Breathless,” “High School Confidential.”

The days and nights after his fall.

The luckless debate to England where a press schooled of his matrimony to 13-year-old cousin Myra Gayle Brown. The hits stopped. The large shows ended, though Lewis continued personification gigs no matter a distance of a venue or town: Pittsburgh, Toronto, Coney Island, Memphis, Montgomery, Los Angeles, Adel, Valdosta …

In a fourth photo, some-more assembly members accumulate round, people station behind him. The backs of heads entertainment a photo’s bottom corners. Crew cuts. What’s photographed of a assembly seems all male. Likely after in a uncover than a other photos. Lewis’ fit coupler is gone. Top shirt buttons undone. The microphone mount gripped and raised, unused, during his side. The piano nowhere in a print frame. Lewis dances opposite a stage.

There’s no record of a Valdosta Jerry Lee Lewis uncover during a Lowndes County Historical Society.

An exploration to a informal website clinging to area bands has no information of a Lewis uncover in Valdosta.

Discovering a reported Valdosta photos is some-more timely than only a recover of Bragg’s Lewis biography.

On Feb. 3, a Annette Howell Turner Center for a Arts Presenter Series hosts “Million Dollar Quartet.”

This nationally furloughed uncover centers on a mythological entertainment during Sun Records where Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins tangled together.

Maybe by a time a impression Jerry Lee Lewis arrives during Mathis City Auditorium for a “Million Dollar Quartet,” a area will know about a time when a genuine Jerry Lee Lewis tangled in Valdosta.

If we have information per a reported Jerry Lee Lewis shows in Valdosta or Adel in a late 1950s, email Dean Poling, dean.poling@gaflnews.com.

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