'Breathless': Music, Mayhem and Meditations with Jerry Lee Lewis


November 3rd, 1999 ~ American Routes converses with the killer himself at his ranch in Nesbit, MS! In the aftermath of a fan frenzy event, it's a back porch visit with Jerry Lee Lewis, the undisputed king of country boogie piano, about his historic bad-boy antics and his place in the history of rock and roll. Plus music that influenced Jerry Lee from his Delta boyhood in Ferriday Louisiana to his golden piano throne at Memphis Sun Records. Included are other great piano players like Fats Domino, Jelly Roll Morton, Moon Mullican and Ray Charles, as well as an original blues version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" by Big Maybelle. Also avant piano sounds from Thelonius Monk and Medeski, Martin and Wood, and a tribute to the late king of zydeco nouveau accordion, Beau Jocque.

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  • Open Bed: Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On Jerry Lee Lewis
    Greatest Hits-Finest Performances, Sun
  • Lewis Boogie Jerry Lee Lewis
    Greatest Hits-Finest Performances, Sun
  • Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On Big Maybelle
    Complete Okeh Sessions, Sony
  • Fare You Well Claude Ely
    Satan Get Back, ace
  • Pipeliner Blues Aubrey "Moon" Mullican
    Sings His All Time Greatest Hits, King
  • Straight No Chaser Thelonius Monk
    The Complete Blue Note Recordings, Blue Note
  • Drinkin' Wine Spo-dee-o-dee Jerry Lee
    Atlantic Rhythm and Blues: 1947-1974, Atlantic
  • Instrumental: You Are My Sunshine Duane Eddy
    Twang's The Thang, Bear Family
  • You Are My Sunshine Jimmie Davis
    Greatest Hits Finest Performances, Sun
  • Mr. Jelly Lord Jelly Roll Morton Trio
    Birth of the Hot, Bluebird
  • My Girl Josephine Fats Domino
    They Call Me The Fat Man, Imperial
  • Hello Josephine Jerry Lee Lewis
    Classic Jerry Lee Lewis, Bear Family
  • INTERVIEW: Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Instrumental: Slim's Shout Sunnyland Slim
    Slim's Shout, Prestige
  • INTERVIEW: Jerry Lee Lewis
  • It'll Be Me Jerry Lee Lewis
    Classic Jerry Lee Lewis, Bear Family
  • It Should Have Been Me Ray Charles
    Genius and Soul: 50th Anniversary Collection, Rhino
  • Last Chance to Dance Trance Medeski , Martin and Wood
    Best Of, Rykodisc
  • Madame Vod's Celeste Blues Meade Lux Lewis
    The Blues Piano Artistry of, Riverside
  • One Room Country Shack Mose Allison
    Back Country Suite, Fantasy
  • Parchman Farm The Blues Project
    The Blues Project Anthology, Polygram
  • SEGMENT: Beau Jocque
  • Alle parti pour Voir Beau Jocque Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers
    Gonna Take You Downtown, Rounder
  • Instrumental: Alligator Boogaloo Lou Donaldson
    Blue Note Years, Vol.3: Organ and Soul, Blue Note
  • Gospel Trane Alice Coltrane
    Priceless Jazz #3, GRP
  • Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay Jimmy Smith
    Talkin' Verve Groovy, Verve
  • Mystery Train Jr. Parker
    Night Train: Classic Railroad Songs, Vol 3, Rounder
  • Me and Bobby McGee Janis Joplin
    Pearl, Sony
  • Teresa Leaves Lonesome Town The Blacks
    Dolly Horrorshow, Bloodshot
  • Instrumental: Seminole Drag Merle Travis
    Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past, Bear Family
  • Taters and Gravy and Chicken-Fried Steak Kenny Bill Stinson
    River of Song, Folkways
  • Country Boy Down in New Orleans Snooks Eaglin
    That's All Right, Fantasy
  • Jesus Walked that Lonesome Valley Million Dollar Quartet
    Million Dollar Quartet, RCA
  • Southern Accent Johnny Cash
    Unchained, American
  • End Bed: Dixie Jerry Lee Lewis
    Classic Jerry Lee Lewis, Bear Family