Jerry Lee Lewis, I'm On Fire

Posted in Jerry Lee Lewis, Youtube Favs on April 20th, 2011 by Willie

Woohoo!  Welcome to the 40th entry in my now glorious youtube favorites countdown.  In it, I bring you a breathtaking clip of pure rock and roll power, Jerry Lee Lewis singing “I’m On Fire.”  “I’m On Fire” was a 1964 single Jerry released at the height of his anti-fame, meaning the time when the public had rejected him for his torrid marriage to his 13 year old cousin Myra.  Commercially dead in America, Jerry was still quite popular in Europe, and toured it quite extensively in the 60s.  The sad and ironic fact of Jerry’s life in the 60s was, his skills as a performer and artist were BOILING with passion and perfection.  He just absolutely blew the lid off nearly every live show he did in this era, determined to prove to any witness that he was best rock and roll artist breathing.  If you don’t believe me, check out this review of a record you all must own, Live at the Star Club from 1964.  It’s perhaps the greatest live record of strait rock and roll ever recorded.  The clip of “I’m On Fire,” gives you a taste of what it was like to see Jerry in 1964.  He absolutely explodes his audience, all gathered around his piano, with sensational rock and roll, driving them NUTS.  His vocal delivery and facial expressions are priceless beyond words as well.  Also, I just love this song, its a lost gem that is just a perfect rock and roll song, and I think its the Killer’s best, better than “Great Balls of Fire.”  Dig this, and start to roast, like toast!

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