Classic concerts: Jerry Lee Lewis @ Granada TV Studios 1964 (videos)

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He [Chuck Berry] was the only guitar player. Yeah. And there was Jerry Lee [Lewis], his counterpart, and people like that. There must have been some elitist power that had to get rid of all these guys, to strike down rock ’n’ roll for what it was and what it represented — not least of all it being a black-and-white thing. Tied together and welded shut. If you separate the pieces, you’re killing it.
Q: Do you mean it’s musical race-mixing, and that’s what made it dangerous?
A: Well, racial prejudice has been around a while, so yeah. And that was extremely threatening for the city fathers, I would think. When they finally recognized what it was, they had to dismantle it, which they did, starting with payola scandals and things like that. The black element was turned into soul music and the white element was turned into English pop. They separated it. I think of rock ’n’ roll as a combination of country blues and swing band music, not Chicago blues, and modern pop. Real rock ’n’ roll hasn’t existed since when? 1961, 1962? Well, it was a part of my DNA, so it never disappeared from me. I just incorporated it into other aspects of what I was doing
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Love, AARP The Magazine, February/March 2015)

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In 1964 Jerry Lee Lewis was struggling back home in the US. He had recently moved from Sun to Smash Records, and they had a plan to get him a hit record. Just a few weeks before Landing in -England, Jerry Lee had recorded what many were sure would be his comeback hit: “I’m on Fire”. This great song never good further up than 98 on the charts, the Beatles was the new hot thing.

Jerry Lee traveled to Europe for 14 stops in England & 2 in West Germany.  On this short tour Jerry Lee gave some outstanding performances, among them this Manchester TV Special & the Hamburg Star Club concert.

He was that kind of guy. All he wanted to do was get on the damn piano and do his stuff. And it was that kind of immediacy that we were aiming for. It wasn’t controlled. It’s a dangerous thing to do, and you wouldn’t be able to do it now.
~Philip Casson (Director of the TV Special)

Granada TV Studios
Manchester, England
March 19, 1964


  1. Great Balls of Fire
    ..Jerry Lee loads up the song with his signature moves — the egocentric first-person references, the theatrically raised arms, the absurd glissandos, the pounding double-time right hand, the long blond hair threatening to bust loose from the pomade — so many moves, and so soon, that “Great Balls Of Fire,” only seven years old, already sounds eternal, and the kids below him, flying around in their hyped-up jitterbug and swing moves, skirts flying, seem to feel that already.
    ~Joe Bonomo (Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found)
  2. You Win Again
  3. High School Confidential
  4. I’m on Fire
  5. Your Cheatin’ Heart
    just a short clip…
  6. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
    Jerry Lee Lewis’ performance on March 19, 1964 in Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, broadcast on Granada television, is one of the great rock & roll TV programs of the era, and the first of a three-leg stomp across England and Germany where a bruised Jerry Lee would night after night show what a titan he still could be..
    ~Joe Bonomo (Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found)

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4 thoughts on “Classic concerts: Jerry Lee Lewis @ Granada TV Studios 1964 (videos)”

  1. What possibly can top “Whole Lotta Shakin?” It’s amazing. This is the musical equivalent of what Bob Dylan heard when he saw Billy Graham. I can’t get my jaw off the floor after watching this. Thanks for posting.

    1. He is truly amazing here. I will post more fantastic JLL performances the coming weeks 🙂
      Thanks for commenting Ishman.

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