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old git

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Caught part of a radio programme this morning from a JLL tribute act.

Mentioned that Lewis used to do session work and was booked for a Carl Perkins do. Always wondered who played piano on Perkins excellent cut of Matchbox but please, does anyone know if it was Lewis?
 

Sunray

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Here's some info which may be of help ...

Approximate - Para 4 [See full info at link below].

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Lewis traveled to Memphis, Tennessee in November 1956, to audition for Sun Records. Label owner Sam Phillips was in Florida, but producer and engineer Jack Clement recorded Lewis's rendition of Ray Price's "Crazy Arms" and his own composition "End of The Road".

During December 1956, Lewis began recording prolifically, as a solo artist and as a session musician for such Sun artists as Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

His distinctive piano can be heard on many tracks recorded at Sun during late 1956 and early 1957, including Carl Perkins' "Matchbox", "Your True Love", "You Can Do No Wrong", and "Put Your Cat Clothes On", and Billy Lee Riley's "Flyin' Saucers Rock'n'Roll". Formerly, rockabilly had rarely featured piano, but it proved an influential addition and rockabilly artists on other labels also started working with pianists.
 

old git

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Never occurred to me that it was Jerry before catching that programme this morning but can remember describing Matchbox as perfect Rock 'n Roll piano.

There was another hilarious story of his finding an untuned piano at one of his gigs so he pushed it off stage and out of the stage door. After that, would you ask for your money back?
 

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Never occurred to me that it was Jerry before catching that programme this morning but can remember describing Matchbox as perfect Rock 'n Roll piano.

There was another hilarious story of his finding an untuned piano at one of his gigs so he pushed it off stage and out of the stage door. After that, would you ask for your money back?

I bet all the stage pianos were out of tune after he'd finished playing them.....
 

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