Smiley: Jerry Lee, his mom and his music | Smiley Ander
The death of Jerry Lee Lewis at 87 came as a surprise – given his excesses, it had seemed 27 was a better bet.
I once reviewed a performance by Jerry Lee, a doubleheader with Conway Twitty, which summed up the boy from Ferriday.
He wandered around the stage, sat down at the piano, turned to the audience and said, “I want to talk about my mom.”
We were then treated to the kind of tearful, maudlin monologue you could hear from any drunk in any bar at closing time, just for the price of a beer.
Finally, his ode to mom over, he morphed into The Killer, pounding the keyboard with maniacal glee and singing country lust in a sneering, scornful style that made him a clear and present danger to parents of teenage girls. .
They would tell their daughters about Elvis; if Jerry Lee showed up, they’d call the cops.
Other rock and roll pioneers made music fun. Jerry Lee Lewis was the first to make it equally dangerous…
This and that
Hal Guillory adds to Sonny Chapman’s story of legendary games between high school football teams in Cajun country:
“The game between the Sacred Heart Trojans and the St. Edmund Blue Jays in the 70s and 80s always featured the following Blue Jays cheer: ‘We are the St. Edmund Blue Jays of Eunice. We talk like that, we talk like that (with exaggerated correct enunciation). They are Trojan horses of the Sacred Heart of the Platte City. They talk like that, they talk like that.
“Even though we all had the same Cajun accents, 20 miles apart on the prairie.”
The great Escape
Terry Palmer, of Lafayette, says: “All that talk of spinning antennas to get a good picture reminded me of the advantage of ours when for a year in the 1960s our family lived in a two-story house in Kenner.
“The window in my twin brother and I’s upstairs bedroom opened up to the roof of the garage, which led to the antenna pole, which helped you negotiate the drop to the fence and to the down.
“Sneaking around at night and running around the neighborhood with our friends was a thrill. We never got caught and never caused any real damage or got into trouble. Fun times.
Marty Roth adds to our chocolate syrup tales:
“Growing up in New Jersey, with cousins in New York, Bosco was very common. But our family preferred Fox’s U-Bet Chocolate Syrup.
“Here at Metairie, I hadn’t thought of it for years, until I saw it in a Winn-Dixie at Kenner. Of all things, it was among a kosher food group. I guess a supposed New York connection?”
Do you have any books?
Here’s good news for those of us who live with piles of books and can bear to part with some of them:
Jane Honeycutt said, “The LSU Book Barn is open to schedule donations for the April 2023 sale. Call (225) 578-5925 to leave a message. Calls will be returned to schedule an appointment for delivery of donations on Mondays or Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The sale benefits LSU Libraries, which need all the help they can get.
Special Persons Department
– Mary Sue Meador, of Baton Rouge, celebrates her 93rd birthday on Wednesday, November 2.
– Alvin Guerin Sr., of Baton Rouge, celebrates his 90th birthday on Wednesday, Nov. 2. He is a retired employee of the city of Baton Rouge.
— Thomas J. Piglia Sr., of New Orleans, celebrated his 90th birthday Thursday, Oct. 27, at a family brunch.
people play games
Rick Marshall of Baton Rouge said, “I have to admit I’ve been a little sad reading The Advocate lately.
“Headlines include four suspensions, three fines, two arrests and a divorce. And that’s just the Sports section.”