|David M. McKee|
18th Sep 2011
| ||Jerry was recording for Smash (Mercury or Philips in the UK) by the time this disc came out. ‘Lewis Boogie’ had been recorded way back in the Summer of 1957, and was released in America as the B-side of the ill-advised ‘Return Of Jerry Lee’ single (not issued in Britain). Jerry had practised the song before this cut was made, and it shows he had done his homework. The song drips with egotism, which is what he is all about. It’s Jerry’s record from the first bar and the energy level never lets up.|
‘Bonnie B’ comes from a session on January 25, 1960, and is one of Jerry’s best teen slanted songs. Composer Charles Underwood (husband of Bonnie B. Underwood) provides outwardly a lyrical teenage love song, full of praise for Bonnie’s turned-up nose.
But the lyrics say “We’re too young, we’ve got a long time to wait / But Bonnie baby that don’t mean hesitate / ’bout lovin’ me.”
Sounds about right for Jerry, but pretty risqué for the time. The song has a lovely rolling tempo, and if there were any justice it would have been a big hit when issued in the US in November 1961, as the flip-side to ‘Money’ (not issued in Britain).
Jerry Lee was with a new label, but would not hit the big time again for another five years, chart-wise. But his live performances were as wild as ever, and he was welcome once again all over the world, especially in England, where his career had all but disintegrated six years earlier. His new record label was patiently trying to find a niche for him – his first single for Smash was a re-make of Ray Charles’ ‘Hit The Road Jack’ and they followed that with an out-and-out rocker, ‘I’m On Fire’.
Sun had only issued two albums in the seven years of Jerry’s contract, but now Smash had two out – ‘The Golden Hits Of Jerry Lee Lewis’, a re-recording of his old Sun hits, and ‘The Greatest Live Show On Earth’, a recording of a concert in Birmingham, Alabama, which certainly lived up to the title - and their European outlet, Philips, produced ‘Live At The Star Club’, a recording of a live show in Hamburg, Germany. Jerry Lee fans were ecstatic.