Posted: Apr 15, 2013 9:50 PM CDT Updated: Apr 15, 2013 10:41 PM CDT
By Janice Broach
MEMPHIS, TN – (WMC-TV) – While Memphians are excited to have a voice on a national stage, with four contestants on The Voice, Action News 5’s Janice Broach went one-on-one with one of the Bluff City’s biggest voices, Jerry Lee Lewis.
Jerry Lee Lewis knows about the Memphis singers on “The Voice.” He’s not saying who is his favorite..but he knows when he hears good music.
Jerry Lee Lewis knows what he likes. “I can’t put a finger on anyone who plays the piano as well as I do,” Lewis said. “I’m not bragging.”
The Killer, still in rare form at age 77, will be rocking and rolling for his 10th appearance at Memphis in May next month. “I guess they just like to see an old man do his show,” he said. He has a European tour planned. His new restaurant on Beale, Jerry Lee Lewis Café and Honky Tonk will open in a few days.
“The best food in town,” he said. “It’s a real knock out. It’s beautiful.” There are plenty of memorabilia photos and his one-of-a kind motorcycle.
Rock ‘n Roll’s wild man sat down with me with his 7th wife by his side to talk about it all and his crazy style on the piano. “I taught myself,” he said. “I created my own style. I was 8 years old when I started playing. “His playing evolved into a spectacular show.
“I had my own style kicking the stool back and all standing up and dancing piano playing which hasn’t been touched by anyone yet.” And that hair. “I had pretty hair. I knew that and Elvis had a pretty face.”
Jerry Lee Lewis sold more records than Elvis in the early years. And, yes, he really did set his piano on fire. Chuck Berry was the last to play that night and Jerry Lee wanted to upstage him. It was part Coca-Cola and gasoline in a bottle. “I just flipped it over and when I finished ‘A Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On’ just threw a match in it and went up.”
Jerry Lee Lewis has a new recording coming out soon. He says he will play at his new restaurant from time to time.