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March 28, 2020
Options March 28, 2020 Special Guest: Rick Bragg, author of Jerry Lee Lewis "His Own Story"
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Artist Track Album Label Comments Images Approx. start time
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Lewis Boogie     Sun (alternate take)      0:00:00 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Night Train To Memphis     Sun (originally unissued)      0:04:49 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Keep Your Hands Off Of It!     Sun (originally unissued)      0:07:54 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Ubangi Stomp     Sun (originally unissued)      0:09:18 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Wild One     Norton      0:11:39 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Rockin' with Red     Sun (originally unissued)      0:14:36 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Big Legged Woman     Sun (originally unissued)       0:15:13 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Pumpin' PIano Rock     Sun (originally unissued)      0:17:43 Pop‑up)  
Your DJ speaks            0:20:30 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave     SCR   Live in '85!    0:24:07 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Chantilly Lace     SCR   Mutha-humpin!    0:26:55 Pop‑up)  
Rick Bragg   Options Interview   Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story  Harper Collins   
Evangeline the Oyster Girl
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Evangeline the Oyster Girl
0:30:47 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Don't Stay Away ('Til Love Grows Old)     Time-Life Music   JLL's first recording from '52    0:48:37 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Jerry Lee's Boogie     Time-Life Music       0:52:09 Pop‑up)  
Rick Bragg   Options Interview     Harper Collins  Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story    0:52:48 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options If I Ever Needed You     Electrovert   Acetate from the Louisiana Hayride audition    1:01:52 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options My God Is Real     Electrovert      1:04:00 Pop‑up)  
Rick Bragg   Options Interview     Harper Collins  Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story 
Jerry Lee and Myra
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Jerry Lee and Myra
1:04:52 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Another Place, Another Time     Smash      1:25:50 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left Of Me)     Smash      1:28:49 Pop‑up)  
Rick Bragg   Options Interview     Harper Collins  Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Words 
JLL as Iago!
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JLL as Iago!
1:30:42 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Mean Woman Blues     Philips (Germany)  Live At The Starclub    1:37:09 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Rockin' Jerry Lee     Smash   
JLL with his Chihuahua Topaz!
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JLL with his Chihuahua Topaz!
1:40:15 Pop‑up)  
Your DJ speaks            1:43:08 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Let A Soldier Drink     Electrovert   From "Catch My Soul" 1968 
JLL as Iago
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JLL as Iago
1:45:05 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options I'm On Fire (alternate take)     Bear Family      1:47:46 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Meatman     Tomato  Live at The Palomino '79    1:50:13 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options Bottles And Barstools     Smash      1:52:36 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options The Alcohol Of Fame     Smash   
JLL on the preferred 8-Track Tape format
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JLL on the preferred 8-Track Tape format
1:55:14 Pop‑up)  
Jerry Lee Lewis   Options The Hole He Said He'd Dig For Me     Smash       1:57:44 Pop‑up)  

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Hellooo. Is it live or is it.....
Avatar 1:02pm Rex:

Get ready for a 2 hour Ferriday Fireball Fandango!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm Handy Haversack:

Hey, Rex, widely separated Fools! Hope all is well in your 6' r. corners of Paradise!
  1:05pm allanToronto:

The Killer. The Sinner.
Avatar 1:05pm Mailman Tom:

I just took a virtual tour of the home of Jerry Lee Lewis via YouTube.
  1:06pm Jay:

Rex, When is this show from?
  1:06pm egould310:

Momma!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:08pm dave wuz here:

the meatman
  1:08pm Jay:

November 1, 2014
Avatar 1:09pm Juke Joint Jonny:

All Killer, no filler
  1:10pm The Butterman:

Ohhhhi remember that Nov. day. It was a Saturday.
  1:10pm P-90:

Ahh, that geetar
  1:12pm Papito:

Set That Piano On Fire Jerry Lee !
  1:12pm allanToronto:

"I'm draggin' the audience to hell with me."__Jerry Lee Lewis
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm mariano:

Looziana's own!
  1:13pm Pedro in Arlington:

I once had a towel with Jerry's sweat on it. Sadly it got mixed up in the laundry. May he live forevah.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm common:

Rex. All. Thanks for Saturday
Avatar 1:15pm Rex:

Jay- This show is indeed from 2014. But, hey, the guest has Pulitzer so I thought we could play it again...
Avatar 1:17pm Juke Joint Jonny:

I'm sensing naughtiness in this one
  1:17pm ALSO ON NOV 1:

Nov 1, 1873

In San Francisco Ned Allen, owner of the Bull Run dance hall on Pacific Ave., adjacent to Chinatown, was stabbed to death.

Allen had rejoiced in being called the wickedest man in SF. Bartlett J. Freel, aka Barney Flinn, was soon identified as the killer.

In April, 1874, he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 11 years in San Quentin.
  1:19pm allanToronto:

Just re-read Nick Tosches' account of shitfaced belligerent Jerry Lee waving a loaded pistol around outside the gates of Graceland in the middle of the night, callin' out the King, who called the cops and had him taken away.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:23pm Bootsie:

I'll never tire of Jerry Lee. SO glad I got to see him live some years back. He'd just gotten over pneumonia, and it was like 90-something degrees out, and he still brought it.
  1:24pm allanToronto:

Surprised in this plague week that there aren't more fornicators and backsliders in here for this rebroadcast pkg. Nothing more cleansing than being dunked wholesale into an infinite lake of fuming hellfire.
Avatar 1:24pm Rex:

We are actually are finished with this silent fundraiser from 2014...thanks if you donated 6 years ago!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:28pm Handy Haversack:

Though if someone *wanted* to go ahead and pledge $30,951, I don't think anyone would turn it down!
Avatar 1:30pm Rex:

I think Jerry Lee shouts out "mutha humpa!" about 73 times on this amazing live LP on the SCR label...get yours today!
  1:30pm Jay:

Jerry was on TJ Hooker in the 1980s as well. Coke is a hell of a drug!
Avatar 1:30pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Thanks for the edit, Rex. My fainting coach is covered with dirty laundry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:31pm p20:

@allanToronto: I've been listening but not commenting so much today. Hi to everyone, Rex, listeners, skeletons! Thanks for keeping WFMU going!
  1:43pm Papito:

Jerry Lee Lewis was an old fashion man. It was a normal tradition for cousins to marry each other back in the good old days.
Avatar 1:43pm kyle a.:

in times when we're rationing toilet paper, flour and the good scotch, thank god we still have jerry lee in opulent abundance.
  1:43pm allanToronto:

hey p20 ! You cannot petition the Lord but woofmoo can entertain the bored. This is where punk began.
  1:51pm allanToronto:

Jelly Roll Morton meets Webb Pierce. So cool.
  1:57pm P-90:

“...decided that matrimony was a good idea again, before the courthouse got caught up...
  2:13pm Micheal:

I went to see The Killer in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in 1983. Short set but memorable.
  2:23pm P-90:

“...playing to places with the sound of glass breaking and babies crying.” Man, Bragg can turn a phrase.
  2:23pm gene sculatti:

I think Bragg undervalues Steve Allen. I'd suggest that the throwing-back of the piano stool wasn't "Show biz," but rather Allen's on-set response to the manic energy of the moment, digging it. His enthusiasm for getting JLL on the show asap, and his comment years ago that "I didn't dislike rock & roll. I thought it was funny" tells me he liked the early stuff in his own way. It IS funny, as well as powerful, untamed and everything else. (Go Star Club!)
Avatar 2:26pm Rex:

Hi-Ho Steverino certainly had his moments! Witness his Dot single "May Mau Limbo"!!
Avatar 2:27pm zivilars:

great show, Rex, even if it is a re-run! Thanks so much!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:29pm Handy Haversack:

Sorry I was silent -- I was cutting my hair and then my sister called. But that interview is totally fascinating. And of course the music sounds excellent! Thanks, Rex.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:30pm chris_in_space:

Came here to say that ^, @zivilars.

Incredible show, Rex! I really got with it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:30pm Handy Haversack:

Hey, @p20 (if you're still here)!
  2:30pm Listener Robert:

I just realized JLL turned 85 this month.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:31pm Threemoons:

Heyho.
Avatar 2:31pm Rex:

Don't knock reruns! I watch old episodes of Adam-12, Sanford and Son and Dragnet nearly everyday...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:33pm Handy Haversack:

I mean, Shakespeare *was* something!
Avatar 2:35pm zivilars:

A show about Jerry Lee can't be aired too often!
  2:36pm Papito:

If it wasn’t for Perry Mason, The Lone Ranger and Gunsmoke on T.V. I would go mad with the cvirus on every station, all freaking day long !
Avatar 2:37pm Ross T.:

Fantastic. In the early/mid 70s my group listened to a lot of stuff -- Kinks, VU, Funkadelic, whatever -- and Jerry Lee's Country Mercury LPs. Wonderful soundtrack to drinking your prime away. Anyway, we caught him at some county fair in South Florida circa 1975 -- he was doing a perfunctory set for the people in lawn chairs when he started "Me and Bobby McGee" -- and the Holy Ghost descended upon him. Round after round of transcendent connection between the ethers and the 88s -- however you want to put it. One of the single most impressive concert experiences I have witnessed -- for around 16 minutes to half an hour maybe. But him catching fire was apparent,
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:37pm common:

Admit to your own foibles. So good
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:38pm Handy Haversack:

That's awesome, @Ross T.
Avatar 2:39pm zivilars:

No one will ever beat JLL's Starclub live album – pure punk, what an energy
Avatar 2:39pm zivilars:

the number one show I wish I could have had the chance to be there in person
Avatar 2:40pm Rex:

Agreed! Greatest live album ever.
  2:40pm P-90:

I somehow didn’t get to reading the book after this was originally broadcast, but now I do believe I will.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:41pm Tommy in Neversink:

Listen to that left hand
Avatar 2:42pm zivilars:

I didn't hear the show when it was originally aired and didn't know about the existence of this book – will definitely buy it now!
  2:42pm ?:

I got a "per-pubescent" would be more accurate
artistic license I guess
  2:43pm Kerouac movie:

Your show is providing me immense comfort today dear sir.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:44pm Handy Haversack:

Topaz!
  2:45pm Earth Walker:

JLL. This is a treat !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:46pm Brian in New Orleans:

Rick's book is only 1.99 in Amazon Kindle
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:47pm Brian in New Orleans:

not sure if that is good or bad for Mr Bragg...perhaps someone else already posted this info. sorry if yes
Avatar 2:48pm Rex:

Anything Rick Bragg writes about is worth checking out. Like Jerry Lee would say, "he's a writing fool!"
Avatar 2:48pm zivilars:

@Brian: It shows $1.99 for me on the result list view, but $10.99 when I click on it ... May be because my Amazon account is located in Germany, but in any case, this book if also worth the $10.99 for me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:49pm Handy Haversack:

WOW.
Avatar 2:49pm zivilars:

Kindle version I'm talking about
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:50pm Brian in New Orleans:

yes kindle is 15.00 cheaper than usual ..I just want to make sure Mr Bragg gets paid
  2:50pm P-90:

Forsooth! ‘Tis Eye-ah-go...
  2:50pm Andres:

Rex, Thank You! So happy to have tuned in to this great interview. Really told the story of JLL's life and music miles beyond how I've heard it before.
Avatar 2:50pm Mailman Tom:

Jerry Lee invented long hair on men before the Beatles did
Avatar 2:52pm zivilars:

Man, Jerry Lee Lewis is one of those artists, you hear only a few seconds and your whole body and soul already is completely into it
Avatar 2:53pm zivilars:

who can sit still to THAT?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:53pm mariano:

Hey Brian in NO - hope you're well in your hood. The Marigny's a ghost town, like everywhere else I suppose.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:55pm Handy Haversack:

Thanks, Once and Future Rex! This was a real treat today!

Be well, Fools!

And thanks for BOARD OPS, Ruth!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:55pm Brian in New Orleans:

@Mariano yes ...the weather is stunning but everything is closed. we just ordered tacos from an out of work pastry chef and she is preparing them outside now...beb well
Avatar 2:56pm zivilars:

Thanks Rex for a great re-run, hope things are back to normal soon, have a great day everybody!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:56pm Tommy in Neversink:

Many of the FMU interviews that have been re-broadcast the last couple of weeks due to CV-19 really deserved a re-broadcast. I missed some of them and would never had known about them if not for the re-broadcast
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:59pm Handy Haversack:

100 percent, @Tommy.
Avatar 2:59pm Ross T.:

Thanks!
  Swag For Life Member 2:59pm Bucksomcounty:

Capital show Rex! Thank you!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:00pm mariano:

Glad you're ok, Brian. Thanks Rex, FMU crew, bye everyone!
Avatar 3:00pm Dominick:

A most enjoyable program. Well deserving of an encore. Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:01pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Thank you, Rex! This Saturday is for us & the dogs!
Avatar 3:02pm Rex:

Hope everyone enjoyed this double-barreled shot of Jerry Lee Lewis! An American treasure if there ever was one...on my Mount Rushmore for sure...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm Handy Haversack:

My dog's working like it's Monday, Kevin! A dog Monday ...
  3:02pm Papito:

All things refried taste better the second time around ! Especially Fools Paradise ! Thanx Rex !
  3:02pm P-90:

Thanks, Rex!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:03pm Johnny_A:

What a great story!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm Johnny_A:

and a great show - again!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm mariano:

Wait, are we running over a bit, or is the show longer?
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