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October 13, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers and contributors are listening to right now... In early 1964, Jerry Lee Lewis' career couldn't have been in worse shape. The Beatles had exploded on U.S. shores, igniting the British Invasion that rendered the seminal American rockers who preceded - and profoundly influenced - them virtually obsolete. In addition, Lewis was a pariah in many circles for having married his 13-year-old cousin Myra, leaving him off-limits to disc jockeys, TV show hosts, record company executives and many fans who had originally supported him a few years earlier when he was one of the prime architects of rock 'n' roll.
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January 9, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The place to be tonight, Jan. 9, for hot country guitar picking -- and singing -- is the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills , where British guitar ace Albert Lee is celebrating his 70th birthday with help from a lot of his friends. As one of the most expressive and technically dazzling players of the last 40 years, Lee has collaborated with plenty of country's elite musicians, and for his birthday show the onstage guest list is scheduled to include Emmylou Harris (whose celebrated Hot Band once featured Lee)
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May 1, 1985 | United Press International
Entertainer Jerry Lee Lewis, hospitalized with internal bleeding four day ago, was improved today and listed in satisfactory condition. Lewis, 49, is the piano-pounding singer of such hit songs as "Whole Lotta Shakin' " and "Great Balls of Fire."
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October 13, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers and contributors are listening to right now... In early 1964, Jerry Lee Lewis' career couldn't have been in worse shape. The Beatles had exploded on U.S. shores, igniting the British Invasion that rendered the seminal American rockers who preceded - and profoundly influenced - them virtually obsolete. In addition, Lewis was a pariah in many circles for having married his 13-year-old cousin Myra, leaving him off-limits to disc jockeys, TV show hosts, record company executives and many fans who had originally supported him a few years earlier when he was one of the prime architects of rock 'n' roll.
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August 19, 2010
Jerry Lee Lewis will join his likeness onstage when he performs with the cast of the hit Broadway musical "Million Dollar Quartet" for a one-time jam session during the finale Sept. 10. Levi Kreis won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Lewis, and they recently recorded the classic 1959 song "Money" for Lewis' upcoming album "Mean Old Man. " "Million Dollar Quartet" tells the story of an actual impromptu jam session in 1956 among Sun Recording artists Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley.
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February 15, 1985
Jerry Lee Lewis has canceled his appearance with Rick Nelson tonight at the Universal Amphitheatre because of illness. Doug Kershaw and the Jordanaires have been added to the bill.
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November 12, 1985 | United Press International
Rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis had nearly half his stomach removed today during an operation to correct a bleeding ulcer, and his wife said doctors told her the surgery was successful. "He's all right," said the singer's wife, Kerrie Lewis, when informed that the surgery was successful. "They put him back together. He's in recovery." Lewis had been given a 50% chance of surviving the operation.
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December 6, 2009 | By Randy Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis sinks into a regal looking leather chair backstage at the House of Blues. The 74-year-old rock 'n' roll pioneer has just completed an impressive hourlong set at a private party for an associate of country star Tim McGraw. He's sharply dressed in a white vest embossed with floral curlicues, over a simple black shirt tucked into black denim jeans. But the most striking thing about his physical presence might be his skin: Few of even the hardest-living rock or country musicians have been through as much as the man also known as the Killer.
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January 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Jerry Lee Lewis is suing Trump Castle Associates for canceling part of his contract to entertain at the Atlantic City casino. Lewis's agent, Dick Fox Productions Inc. of New York, is seeking $135,000 that Lewis would have been paid for September, 1989, and February, 1990, performances that were canceled, according to the lawsuit. Lewis canceled the September show because of illness, and his agent charges that Trump Castle wrongly eliminated the February dates.
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April 24, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Maybe Jerry Lee Lewis shouldn't tour England. Lewis failed to appear for a concert in the southern English city of Bournemouth this week, prompting his British promoters to cancel the remaining six shows of his scheduled tour. "I have had to cancel the tour because Lewis has failed to show up for five dates, one of these dates twice," said promoter Mervyn Conn. "I cannot continue in this fashion, and that is why this tour has ended." There was no word on the cancellation from the Lewis camp.
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April 26, 2012 | By Chris Willman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
You'd be hard-pressed to find a musical with less dramatic tension than "Million Dollar Quartet" anywhere this side of a "My Little Pony" touring show. The production that opened Tuesday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts really just wants to let the good times roll, so you can be glad it devotes only about 10 minutes of its 105-minute running time to drumming up token conflicts between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash and their visionary producer, Sam Phillips.
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September 9, 2010
The Early Show Saving a giraffe's life. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Josh Brolin; Jerry Lee Lewis. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News Brenda Song. (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America President Obama; Arianna Huffington; "The Brady Bunch" reunion. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Regis and Kelly David Boreanaz; Fantasia. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Gen. Colin Powell (ret.). (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors How to look five years younger. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL Rachael Ray Whoopi Goldberg.
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August 19, 2010
Jerry Lee Lewis will join his likeness onstage when he performs with the cast of the hit Broadway musical "Million Dollar Quartet" for a one-time jam session during the finale Sept. 10. Levi Kreis won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Lewis, and they recently recorded the classic 1959 song "Money" for Lewis' upcoming album "Mean Old Man. " "Million Dollar Quartet" tells the story of an actual impromptu jam session in 1956 among Sun Recording artists Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley.
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January 13, 2010 | By Robert Hilburn
"Country & Western Hit Parade: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music" is the second half of an invaluable album project from Bear Family Records that enables pop fans to step back in time to listen to music on the radio just like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles did more than half a century ago. Each of the single discs released in the "Dim Lights" series contains 25 to 30 of the most popular country songs of a given year, from 1945...
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December 13, 2009
Wishing she were off his website Regarding the piece on Mr. Skin ["Mr. Skin Pursues Naked Enthusiasm," Dec. 6]: Maybe Jim McBride can lie to himself about what he does to women, but can he lie to his daughter? This puff piece on such a piece of work as Jim McBride makes me queasy. I want to ask Jim how he would feel if his daughter was to be put on his site without her approval or consent. As an actress on his site, I have asked repeatedly to be taken off and tried to take legal action but to no avail.
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December 6, 2009 | By Randy Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis sinks into a regal looking leather chair backstage at the House of Blues. The 74-year-old rock 'n' roll pioneer has just completed an impressive hourlong set at a private party for an associate of country star Tim McGraw. He's sharply dressed in a white vest embossed with floral curlicues, over a simple black shirt tucked into black denim jeans. But the most striking thing about his physical presence might be his skin: Few of even the hardest-living rock or country musicians have been through as much as the man also known as the Killer.
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August 27, 1987
Jerry Lee Lewis' show Friday with Fats Domino at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim has been postponed; Chuck Berry will appear instead. According to a theater spokesman, Lewis is still hospitalized after surgery two weeks ago for removal of a cyst from his hip. Ticket holders for Friday's show, which had been rescheduled from last Friday, may use the tickets either for Berry's appearance or for Lewis' rescheduled date, which has not yet been set.
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March 3, 2000 | By RANDY LEWIS,
The only explanation for why, in 2000, rock firebrand Jerry Lee Lewis is still among the living after his many brushes with death is that he probably scares the hell out of the Grim Reaper himself. Though his concert Wednesday at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana was by and large a meat-and-potatoes Killer set, as always there were flashes of the infamous volatility that have made the Ferriday Fireball one of rock's true originals and one of its genuinely frightening practitioners.
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October 31, 2009 | Geoff Boucher
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sits on the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland, but if you wanted to see the music legends it celebrates, the best place to be this week was Seventh Avenue in rainy Manhattan. Even in this era of nonstop all-star benefits and award shows, it was a bit stunning to see the rock royalty that walked on stage at Madison Square Garden for two concerts honoring the silver anniversary of the museum in the distant Midwest. The rhythm of the event went something like this: An iconic music act would step to the microphone and bring the crowd to its feet with a single line from its signature songbooks.
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September 18, 2009 | Associated Press
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has lined up many of its members for a blowout concert celebrating its 25th anniversary. Bruce Springsteen, U2, Stevie Wonder, Metallica and Aretha Franklin are among the performers. The concert will take place over two nights next month at New York's Madison Square Garden, with highlights shown on HBO over Thanksgiving weekend. Other performers include Eric Clapton; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Paul Simon with and without Art Garfunkel; Jackson Browne; Chuck Berry; Van Morrison; Jerry Lee Lewis; Sting; and James Taylor.
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