Band: Jerry Lee Lewis
Album: All Killer, No Filler
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: Along with Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and others, rock and roll was forged from the music of Jerry Lee Lewis. As Johnny Cash was an outlaw in country, Lewis was an outlaw for rock.
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: Outside of being a big-time skeezy dude, Lewis' music hasn't aged well at all. Unlike Chuck Berry's or Elvis', Lewis' music sounds dated and quaint.
Best song: “Great Balls Of Fire,” of course.
Worst song: All the '70s country stuff at the end of the second disc stinks, but as far as the early rock stuff is concerned, his version of “Chantilly Lace” isn't very good.
Is it awesome?: Nope.
Blah blah early rock and roll, blah blah singles artist, blah blah Sun Studios, blah blah dated.
You know the deal:
- He was married twice by 23, when he married his third wife, who just happened to be his 13-year-old cousin.
- He had troubles with alcohol and drugs.
- His cousin is Jimmy Swaggart.
- Dennis Quaid played him the biopic.
Otherwise, find a greatest hits collection that's in print (this one is out of print and goes for $50 on Amazon Marketplace) in the bargain bin at your local record store and listen sparingly.