0697 Livin’ Lovin’ Wreck – Jerry Lee Lewis (1961)

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Jerry Lee Lewis and Paul McCartney.

This song was written by Otis Blackwell. It was first recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1961. It was released as the B-side to What’d I Say. The single reached number twenty-five on the Billboard chart and number ten on the UK singles chart. The song was part of The Beatles’ repertoire.  It was recorded by The Searchers in 1964 and released on their album It’s The Searchers. Merseybeat group Ian & The Zodiacs recorded the song the same year. They released it as the B-side to their American single The Crying Game.

Now Hear This : Livin’ Lovin’ Wreck – The Searchers (1964)
Livin’ Lovin’ Wreck – Ian & The Zodiacs (1964)

0626 Matchbox – Jerry Lee Lewis (1959)

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Jerry Lee Lewis and Ringo Starr.

This song was written by Carl Perkins and has its roots in the 1927 song Match Box Blues, recorded by Blind Lemon Jefferson. Matchbox was first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1956 and released as a single in 1957. That version features Jerry Lee Lewis on piano. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded his own version in 1959 for his album Jerry Lee Lewis. He added an extra verse not included in Carl Perkins’ version. Jerry Lee Lewis also recorded a live version at the Star-Club in Hamburg in 1964.

Carl Perkins’ version was part of The Beatles repertoire. They first recorded the song on a private tape in 1960. A live version recorded in 1962 was released in 1977. Neither of those versions included Jerry Lee Lewis’ extra verse. They recorded the song for BBC radio and that version was released in 1994. They also recorded a studio version in 1964. That version was released on the EP Long Tall Sally in 1964. The last two versions include the extra verse. Paul McCartney has also released a version of the song without the extra verse.

Now Hear This : Matchbox – The Beatles (1964)
Matchbox – The Beatles (1977)
Matchbox – Paul McCartney (1990)
Matchbox – The Beatles (1994)

0437 Ubangi Stomp – Jerry Lee Lewis (1958)

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Jerry Lee Lewis album cover.

Charles Underwood wrote this song in 1956. It was first recorded by Warren Smith but that version failed to chart. Jerry Lee Lewis covered the song in 1958. He released it on his début album Jerry Lee Lewis. The song has also been covered by The Velaires and The Trashmen. The song was part of the repertoire of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes. They recorded a version of the song at EMI Studios in 1964. It remains unreleased.

0421 Fools Like Me – Jerry Lee Lewis (1958)

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Fools Like Me.

Fools Like Me was the B-side to High School Confidential. It was written by Jack Clement and Murphy Maddux. The single was released on London Records in the UK and reached number twelve in the singles chart. It was part of The Beatles repertoire and was sung by Paul. The Beatles also played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.

0420 High School Confidential – Jerry Lee Lewis (1958)

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Movie poster for High School Confidential.

Ron Hargrave and Jerry Lee Lewis wrote this song in 1958 for the movie of the same name. It was recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis and released as a single with Fools Like Me on the B-side. The film version has never been released. The single reached number twelve in the UK and number twenty-one in the US. A live version by Jerry Lee Lewis was recorded and released in 1964 on the album Live At The Star Club, Hamburg. The song was part of The Beatles’ repertoire. They played it during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. A version by The Big Three wasn’t released until 2009 when it was released on the album Cavern Stomp – The Complete Recordings.

Now Hear This : High School Confidential – The Big Three (2009)

0358 It’ll Be Me – Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)

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It’ll Be Me.

This was the B-side to Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On. It was written by Jack Clement and recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1957. The song was covered by Cliff Richard and The Shadows in 1962. That version reached number two on the UK singles chart. Gerry and The Pacemakers recorded a version in 1965. It was released on their album I’ll Be There. John Lennon covered the song during a jam session in 1972. He covered Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On during the same jam.

Now Hear This: It’ll Be Me – Gerry And The Pacemakers (1965)

0357 Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)

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Jerry Lee Lewis.

Dave “Curlee” Williams and James Faye “Roy” Hall wrote this song and it was first recorded by Big Maybelle in 1955. Roy Hall also recorded the song that year. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded his version in 1957 and it was released as a single with It’ll Be Me on the B-side. A live version by Jerry Lee Lewis was recorded at the Star-Club in 1964 and was released on the album Live At The Star Club, Hamburg. The song was part of The Quarrymen’s repertoire and they covered it in 1997 for their album Get Back – Together. A version recorded by Gerry and The Pacemakers in 1961 was released in 2004 on Unearthed Merseybeat Vol 2. They recorded the song again in 1965. The song was also part of the repertoires of The Big Three and The Beatles. The Beatles played it during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. John Lennon played the song during a jam session in 1972. Paul McCartney and Denny Laine played the song during a jam in the 1970s. Paul McCartney has also performed the song live during soundchecks and on The Tube in 1986.The song was played by Carl Perkins and Friends in 1985 during the TV special Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session. The “Friends” included George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton among others. That version was released in 1986.

Now Hear This: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Gerry And The Pacemakers (1965)     Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Carl Perkins and Friends (1986)                                   Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – The Quarrymen (1997)                                                     Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Gerry And The Pacemakers (2004)