WFMU Ichiban, Rock and Soul with Debbie D


    Sunday, June 30, 2013

    You better open up your door...

    Thanks, Debbie D, for asking me to sit in on Jerry Lee Lewis month. I had a blast! I'll leave you all with a bit of Star-Club madness:

    The morning after Saturday night...

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    The Dark Side of the Force is strong in this one

    What do I spend my spare cash on?  Commissioned artwork of my favorite musicians meeting fictional characters.   'Cuz I'm a nerd that way.

    Illustration by JT Dockery

    Jerry Lee Lewis - FULL version of "Jukebox" from the London Sessions

    In one of those cases of "clueless producers completely botching incredible Jerry Lee Lewis performances" (the 60s and 70s are full of these unfortunate occurances) - here is a completely mesmerizing version of "Jukebox" from his 1973 album The London Sessions.  Near as I can tell the released version, itself one of the highlights of the 2 LP set, is an almost randomly edited version of this 8 minute drunken biographical yodeling rant, with TWO great solo breaks and enough improvised asides, hollers, and hilarious band directions to fill an entire mid 60s SMASH LP.  Considering the overall sloppiness of the Session recordings in general, how this recording was deemed unfit for public exposure is beyond this Ichibaner's comprehension - this + "Headstone on My Grave" would make for one of the greatest sides of uncut Jerry Lee ever.

    Stop what you're doing and give yourself eight minutes to pay attention to this one (actually 15, because you want to take it twice, killer) and if ANYONE can tell me where to acquire a hard copy of this recording in better thanYoutube fidelity, please inform me in the blog posthaste.  Near as I can tell it's not on the Complete London Sessions CDs or any Bear Family Box Set.  The only reference I can find to its existence might be on an Argentinian Jerry Lee fansite, but then again my researches are pretty half-assed, and my half assing is not nearly as genius as Jerry Lee's.

    Think about it:

    "How Can The Devil Save Souls?!"

    Sam Phillips and Jerry Lee talk Jesus, 1957

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    "The heartaches that pulled Jerry though..."

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    Jerry Lee Lewis month

    In the mid 60s, the Killer would play anywhere that would have him. Silver Dollar Saloon at Terry Town, Loretto TN, July 1965.

    Postcard via

    Saturday, June 22, 2013

    The Dubious Career of Kid Chocolate

    By Ken Eppstein

    Friday, June 21, 2013

    "His soul-shattering show..."

    Review of JLL show, Town Hall, Birmingham, England. April 20, 1964. Via Graham Knight.

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Who was the last man standing?

    The Killer and Keef. The Ritz Club, NYC. January 29, 1981. Photo via

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    "I’m no angel, but I’m a pretty nice guy.”

    Sunday, June 16, 2013


    Friday, June 14, 2013

    The Many Moods Of Jerry Lee

     Thanks to Rob Santos for the link!

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    The Remains

    Thank You



    1969. Climbing back.

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    Wine Me Up

    Jerry Lee Lewis  -  Wine Me Up 

    Greg Cartwright 7

    Studio C
    Greg Cartwright returns with a stack of wax for Ichiban!

    Listen now!

    Mello-Tones - Twistin' Guitar
    Mel Street - Moonshine Man
    Elmer Lush - Tavern Song
    Marvin Rainwater - Gamblin' Man
    Buck Jones - Box Of Grass
    Charlie Starr - Solitary Woman
    Red West - My Babe
    Wild Bill Cooksy - Mississippi Hippie
    Ray Griff - Sugar From My Candy
    Mel Tillis - Loco Weed
    Rose Maddox - What Good Will It Do
    Eddie Noack - Shotgun House
    Ilene Rushing - Shake It Baby
    Dean Greer - Who Can That Fool Be
    Freddy McDuff - Jack Daddy
    Red West - Bossa Nova Mommza
    Les Waldroop - Watergate Bugs
    George Darro - Eye'n You Up
    Jerry McGill - I Wanna Make Sweet Love
    Betty Foley - Old Moon
    Ricky Wilkins - Hang Loose
    Loyd Howell - Truck Driving Jack
    Zookie & The Potentates - Bachelors Got It Made
    Ray Smith - Let Yourself Go
    Jerry Reed - Twist-A-Roo
    Mello-Tones - Walkin' Charlie
    Dennis Wheeler - Rock Bottom

    Self-portrait: "My name is Jerry Lee Fuck-up Lewis"

    "There Stands The Glass"

    One of the Killer's greatest honky tonk performances.

    "'Cause I love the women. Women. Women."

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    El Rancho Hotel, Sacramento, CA, August 21, 1976


    By Request, more Killer at the Star-Club

    Jerry Lee Lewis 1963 at the Star-Club. (c) K&K.

    Monday, June 10, 2013

    The Further Adventures Of Charles Westover

    Del Shannon - She

    Howlin' Wolf

    Today Howlin' Wolf, were he still among us, would be celebrating his 113th birthday (h/t John Funke).  Via the pages of the March 1972 issue of Ebony magazine, here's a glimpse of his home turf club in Chicago's "West Side ghetto."  The Blue Flame Lounge (aka Duke's Show Place) even incorporated Howlin' Wolf into their incredible sign.  It's a little tough to read but right next to the wolf, it says "HOME OF THE HOWLING WOLF."  I like it.

    Jerry Lee Lewis month

    Jerry Lee and Myra. Photo by Memphis Press-Scimitar.

    Sunday, June 9, 2013

    Duane Eddy Steps Up To The Mic...And Sings?

    Duane Eddy  -  Guitar Star

    I don't know how many records Duane Eddy sang on, but here's the only one I have, the fantastic Guitar Star.  I've always imagined (okay, fantasized) that if the Untamed Youth got back into the studio to record another album, that this would be a can't-miss candidate for inclusion.  Just imagine Mace huffing out the all the grumpy old guy lines like "Gee, I wish someone would take his guitar away!" I swear they'd sell at least a couple hundred copies!

    Saturday, June 8, 2013

    How 'Bout Some Ribs, Pretty Lady?

    Bluesman Jimmy Rushing wasn't hogging the ribs.  As you can see from this 1955 JET photo, he was perfectly willy to share with exotic dancer Chinky Grimes.  Chinky, incidentally, was married to R&B guitarist and bandleader Tiny Grimes.

    That Lucky Old Sun

    One of the Killer's sublime 50s tracks that went unreleased until the 70s.

    Friday, June 7, 2013

    The Killer at the Star-Club, April 5, 1964

    Via Horst-Dieter Fischer.

    Thursday, June 6, 2013

    Boppin' At The High School Hop Indeed!


    "Y'know, there's nothin' like tearing up a good club now and then."

    Jerry Lee Lewis Month

    Via Deke's Tumbler

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    Jerry Lee 101

    This song was recorded in one take at Sun Studios.

    "If I'm going to Hell, I'm going there playing the piano."

    Promo ad, 1968

    A favorite by "The Killer"

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    Something kinda tells me I'm gonna like it here...

    Jerry Lee

    June Is Jerry Lee Lewis Month

    Jerry Lee Lewis - "Occupation - Rock 'n' Roll"