Female Rockabilly Pioneer
Sister of Rock & Roll Legend
JERRY LEE LEWIS
Shares New Collection
Of Early Recordings
From The ‘60s & ‘70s!
TO LISTEN IN ITS ENTIRETY
At a time when most female artists were content with crooning sappy love songs for mainstream audiences, vocalist and pianist Linda Gail Lewis was following her own muse, singing rowdy and rousing versions of early rock classics like “C.C. Rider,” “Jim Dandy” and “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes).” The latter track might hint at what drove Lewis to blaze her own musical path as it is a duet with Lewis’s brother, well-known raconteur and rabble rouser Jerry Lee Lewis.
Lewis would go on to record several times with her brother but also branched out to record several solo albums throughout the years as well as a 2000 album with Van Morrison and, more recently, has appeared on albums by Robert Gordon and Ann-Margret! But it’s Gail’s early tracks that truly showcase her historic importance as a pioneer of rockabilly music, and these tracks have now been collected on a brand-new compilation, entitled Early Sides 1963-1973, giving fans of vintage rock and rockabilly a chance to discover her unique talents.
The audio has been completely remastered by guitar icon Danny B. Harvey who had this to say about the collection “It’s a well-known fact that from 1961 until the late ‘70s, Linda Gail Lewis sang and stood beside her big brother Jerry Lee Lewis, both onstage and in the studio. Not as well-known is during that time she also managed to record her own amazing solo singles in Memphis, Nashville and LA with legendary musicians & producers like Scotty Moore, Jerry Reed, Harold Bradley, Reggie Young & of course her brother backing her.”
Vintage early recordings from a true pioneering female rock artist, and sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, Linda Gail Lewis! These early singles represent a diverse mix of musical styles from rockabilly to country to good old-fashioned Rock 'n' Roll! Includes two tracks with special guest Jerry Lee Lewis! Full color gatefold jacket with detailed personnel credits and vintage photos!
By Robbie Fulks
& Linda Gail Lewis
Also available at amazon.com
Released – October 28, 1998
by Linda Gail Lewis (Author)
available at amazon.com
"Jerry Lee is not a candy ass," writes Lewis in this affectionate memoir of her life with her brother, rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis. What she's saying is hardly news? given that Jerry Lee's nickname is "The Killer," he hardly needs such a defense? but the author writes in a vivid, colloquial voice that makes old news seem almost fresh. Though Lewis's book abounds with colorful boasts regarding the sturdy Lewis libido (apparently shared by Jerry Lee, the author and their cousin Jimmy Swaggart), fans will learn little they didn't already know about the man who graced the world with the hit "Great Balls of Fire." Lewis is charming when she describes her fits of wanderlust, as when she left her family to tour the country with her older brother and his band, but one wishes she had applied her talent for brisk, direct prose to telling the story of the balancing act she has had to perform as both a mother and a traveling musician (which she only briefly addresses). Lewis also pads her narrative with worn-out anecdotes, recalling the moment when John Lennon kissed Jerry Lee's feet and the performance in which an uninvited and unwanted Janis Joplin joined Jerry Lee onstage. Lewis's appealing, plainspoken style notwithstanding, this slim family album will be appreciated by diehard fans and quickly forgotten by everyone else.
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LINDA GAIL LEWIS
1969 The Two Sides of Linda Gail Lewis
Together (with Jerry Lee Lewis)
1990 International Affair
1991 Do You Know
Rockin' With Linda – Recorded Live in London
1992 I'll Take Memphis
1995 Love Makes the Difference
1999 Linda Gail Lewis
2000 You Win Again (with Van Morrison)
2001 Rock 'n' Roll Special (with The Firebirds)
2002 Out of the Shadows
Rock 'n' Roll
2004 Boogie Woogie Country Gal
Lie and Deny
2005 Me and the Boys in the Band
2006 Rock, Roll & Remember
2007 Dazed and Confused
You Were There
The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll Live in France
2010 You & Me & Sweet Rock 'n' Roll – Best from Sweden
2015 Heartbreak Highway
Gas Station Flowers
Hard Rockin' Woman
2018 Wild! Wild! Wild! (with Robbie Fulks)
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