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YMMV / Jerry Lee Lewis

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  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Music critics almost unanimously agree that Live at the Star Club, Hamburg is one of the best live albums ever. It'd been six years since The Killer had a hit, and he'd more or less been black-listed in America since his marriage to his cousin was revealed, forcing him to tour abroad. Jerry firmly showed he still had it, because he turned in a furious performance worthy of punk rock, with his backing band for the night (The Nashville Teens) barely able to keep up with him. The best part is when the enthralled audience starts chanting his name, Jerry joins in.
    • Last Man Standing, his 2006 album of duets. It's the rare duet album where the guests don't outshine the main star. The best song is arguably the opener, where Jerry takes "Rock N' Roll" by Led Zeppelin and turns it inside out, playing it like an old Sun Records classic (with Jimmy Page himself playing lead guitar in a rockabilly style). And bear in mind Jerry was seventy-one when this album came out.
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  • Never Live It Down: After it was revealed he was married to his 13-year-old first cousin once removed, his career was never the same.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: These days, he's less well-remembered for his music and contribution to early rock 'n' roll and is better-known for the fact that he married his underage cousin.
  • Paranoia Fuel: "It'll Be Me" is this Played for Laughs.


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