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PAGE 10 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 25, 2016 by bob morello reviewing the besi the rest JERRY LEE LEWIS A T SUN RECORDS: THE COLLECTED WORKS Bear Family Records Any fan of either Jerry Lee Lewis, and/or Sun Records, will want to give undivided attention to this incredible release -- Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Records: The Collected Works. Incredible, because those fans can now get the complete collection in one fell swoop, rather than having to purchase several anthologies. German-based Bear Family Records has released an eighteen-CO and two-book collection that tells the story of one of the most original and unique artists of all time. Spanning the years from 1956 to 1963, the set contains a staggering 623 tracks of Lewis at his piano-thumping greatness! Included is every surviving recording from the Sun master col- lection -- and every single take! Included on the discs are such Lewis classics as "Crazy Arms," "You Win Again," as well as his two biggest hits, "Great Balls of Fire," and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," which topped the Billboard Country Singles chart in 1957 and 1958, respectively. Lewis was born September 29, 1935, in Ferriday, Louisiana. Music struck a chord in the young man at a very early age. His mother enrolled him in Southwest Bible Institute in Waxahachie, Texas, but he was expelled for adding his own boogie-woogie touch to a version of the classic "My God is Real." Also unsuccessful was a trip he made to Nashville in 1955 to drum up interest in himself as a recording artist. He was turned away by executives in Music City, who suggested that he might take up the guitar instead. Not discouraged by those comments, Lewis found his home at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis -- the home of Sam Phillips' Sun Records. The maverick producer loved the singer exactly the way he was, and quickly signed him to a record deal in November of 1956. By the mid-way point of 1957, Lewis was well his way to making musical history. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On~ became his first hit, peaking at No. 3 on the Hot 100. "Great Balls of Fire" was next, and it became even bigger -- lasting four weeks at the No. 2 spot on the hit parade. Besides the hits Lewis cut for Phillips at Sun, many songs that you might not be aware the singer cut for the label are contained in Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Records: The Collected Works, including "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" (made famous by Elvis Presley originally), "I'm Throwing Rice" (a hit from the Eddy Arnold catalog), as well as "Be-Bop-A-Lula" (an iconic Pop hit from Gene Vincent). The set -- as well as the two books in the collection -- follows the Lewis story through his controversial marriage to his first cousin once-removed, Myra Gale Brown. Though the chart suc- cesses came to an end for the singer (save his 1960 raucous take on "What'd I'd Say'), Lewis continued to record for the label for several more years, recording such gems as "Money," "I've Been Twistin," and "Seasons of My Heart." The music comes along with The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF-MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani COURTYARD MARRIOTT RIBBON CUTTING The Courtyard Marriott on McClellan Highway will be hold- ing a ribbon cutting for its re- modeled Brinkley's Restaurant on Thursday, March 24~, .with food and entertainment. For more details, go to courtyard- logan, com. FIGURE SKATING COMES TO BOSTON The ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2016 comes to the TD Garden March 28th through April 3yd. For more information, visit worlds2016. com. MADARO CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF Rep. Andrian Madaro will be holding a campaign kick-off on Thursday, April 7a, at the East Boston Yacht Club. Five days later, the Democratic special primary election will be held on April 12. Politics in East Bos- ton is a seemingly permanent institution, isn't it? DONUT KING IN WEST QUINCY TOPS According to a recent Boston Globe Magazine piece, the Do- nut King on Copeland Street in West Quincy is among the top 13 homemade donut shops in eastern Massachusetts. I have gone to this place for over 25 years, and still get out there a few times a month for a great honey dip donut, one of my fa- vorites, along with a great cup of java, too. DR. GRACE'S TALK SHOW HEADED TO BOSTON MEDIA MARKET Jeff Kuhner's wife Dr. Grace will be bringing her talk show into the Boston media market soon. I am assuming to AM 680 WRKO, to keep a closer eye on her main squeeze and bring her passionate discussion of pub- lic policies to those in Kuhner Country.:: Stay tuned for more details. MBTA FARES GOING UP, NO SURPRISE Why is anyone surprised that our mass transit system is raising fares again? When was the last time you heard fares were being lowered. If the word "never" comes to mind, your onto things. Whenever I see folks or groups opposed to fare hikes, their only argument is they don't want to pay more for it. Who likes to pay more for anything? Too many people are listening to Bernie Sanders too much and think that free stuff is the American Way. It isn't. Free this and free that. Who would be opposed to free? Not me. However, how do you finance free with more free? I think not. Most T riders know that the MBTA always has money prob- lems and it's the riders who sadly must pay the price. This is called the real world. THE RACES ARE ON ALREADY FOR SEPTEMBER PRIMARIES T~e nomination papers are already out for the September party primaries. Recently, I saw papers circulating in support of Sheriff Steve Tompkins run- ning for re-election as Suffolk County Sheriff in the Demo- cratic primary. Also papers for Jeff Ross, who ran back in 2013 for the at-large seat on the Boston City Council. This year, Ross is collecting signatures to run for Suffolk County Register of Deeds. Longtime Register "of Deeds Mickey Roache retired from office on December 31% He served for many years and, at age 80, if you can believe it, has decided to retire after a great career in public service as a police officer and elected official. BILL KELLY'S MAY EVENT Bill Kelly has just announced his next Retirement Seminar, to be held at the Marriott Bur- lington on Saturday, May 7% Special guest this time? None other than former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Florida, who is also a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a decorated veteran who fought in Afghani- stan. This is one speaker I want to hear from about the state of America today. For more details, call Bill at 888-800-1881. THIS JUST IN ... SINK THE SAFE DRIVING ACT On March 8% the Transporta- tion Committee up on Beacon Hill held a hearing on the Safe Driving Act which would hand out driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. The bill is spon- sored by Rep. Tricia Farley Bouvier and Patricia Jehlen. At the hearing, the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Mas- sachusetts Immigrant and Ref- ugee Advocacy Coalition stated that there were 60,000 illegals (calling them undocumented) who are currently driving on our roads. The bill was killed in study committee last year and we need to see history repeat itself this session. If our representa- tives serving up on Beacon Hill don't hear from us, that could give them the cover they need for passing it. Please call your senators and reps to express your opinion on this issue. MIGLIORE STARTS HER LISTENING TOUR Jen Migliore, a candidate for state representative in the 9th Essex District, began her "who's listening" tour a few weeks ago by knocking on over one hundred doors in the Saugus neighborhood where she grew up. The recent aide of U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is now campaign- ing full time HOW TAXING IS IT TO STAND AT CORNERS AS A COSTUMED SIGN WAVER? You have all seen them, right? You all know what I am talking about. Those dancing Statues of Liberty holding a sign about tax services at busy intersections. Liberty Tax Services is the third largest tax service in America. We all know when tax season is upon us when we see these characters dressed up in green looking like the famous statue in New York City. I see Lady Liberty all time when traveling through Up- hams Corner in Dorchester, but Lady Liberty seems to be all over the place just like Santa at a pair of exclusive hardbound books -- one with a complete Lewis ~ ~. On Sun discography, as well as another full of historical photos of the singer 7 many never published anywhere! Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Records: The Collected Works serves as ~ an excellent companion piece to Mercury Smashes, a ten-CD set that Bear Family released in 2000, that chronicles the classic country recordings of Lewis between 1968 and 1977. Don't miss ~ the chance to enjoy this exciting page of musical history, as Jerry : Lee Lewis proves that he is not only a rockabilly pioneer, but also the ultimate rockabilly entertainer[ Q ~ City Councilor Steve Murphy ~ It seems another name has *~ ~ popped up in the news concem- f J-Iappy 8aster ing the Registrar of Deeds race ~ to replace the retired Mickey Roache -- former 9-term City KELLEY SQUARE PUB NORTH END @ Councilor Steve Murphy, who 84 Bennington Street i is seriouslYrace,COnsidering enter- "lt lllllllaB*! East Boston, MA 02128 AGAI IST this too. Murphy told ]I t~ll$~ [ IF~=~'I; [ 617-567-4627 ~I' 617-567-3080 DRU( ;S I reporters, he was"looking atit... I think it would be a good fit ' Fax: 617-567-0800 "lt'sAIIAbocrtFclrnily"$for what I bring. Public service is a noble profession. Ik, e loved Function Room A vailable for Private Parties .j being in it. I love it." The salary aink bad either at $124,000. Christmas. The Virginia Beach- based company has been doing this for 20 years and it has be- come a new American tradition. The company recruits thou- sands every year to don the out- fit. Here, there are one hundred locations in the state. These workers are trained on how to wave correctly and how to make eye contact. Not just anybody can become a Statue of Liberty. There is even an audition, like in the movies. LORD OF THE RINGS, REMEMBER THE BOOK Coming soon to the Regent Theatre in Arlington will be the one-man show of Lord of the Rings. If you liked the book, you will love this stage adaption. The show will be on Saturday, April 2"d and Sunday, April 3rd. For more information, go to regenttheatre, com.