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American Music Masters 20071/9

Jerry Lee Lewis - 2007


One of the founding fathers of rock and roll, Jerry Lee Lewis is the honoree for the 12th Annual American Music Masters series. Jerry Lee attended the tribute concert and while not scheduled to perform, was moved to play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to close the show. Long considered one of the leading popular music stylists, Jery Lee Lewis ranks among such figures as Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday and Jimmie Rodgers. Lewis helped to create the archetype of the rock and roll rebel artist with his mix of musical acumen and unbridled energy. Whether performing an energy-filled rock and roll tune or a melancholy country song, Lewis is master of a wide musical territory. His voice projects an urgent yet polished rhythm and his live-in-the-moment, piano-pounding, bench-kicking stage presence has forever left its mark on rock and roll history. Tribute Concert Performers: Jerry Lee Lewis, Chrissie Hynde, George Thorogood, Shelby Lynne, Kris Kristofferson, Wanda Jackson, The Del McCoury Band, Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, Terry Adams from NRBQ, Narvel Felts, Billy Lee Riley, Linda Gail Lewis, Cowboy Jack Clement, Sleepy LaBeef, Jason D. Williams