40 years ago today (Jan. 20, 1973) Jerry Lee Lewis made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the Ryman Auditorium. Lewis promised Opry management that if given the chance to play the Opry, he wouldn’t be drunk, wouldn’t swear and would only play country music. 
He began his appearance with “Another Place, Another Time,” but y’know, the guy IS a badass. He then broke into Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say” and for the next 40 minutes,  ignoring curtain calls, commercial breaks and wrap it up signals, rocked his way through songs like “Johnny B. Good,” “Great Balls of Fire” and “Chantilly Lace.”
Breaking all the rules, Lewis proclaimed at the end of his Opry performance that he was a “rock ‘n’ rollin’, country and western, rhythm and blues singin’ son-of-a-bitch!”

40 years ago today (Jan. 20, 1973) Jerry Lee Lewis made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the Ryman Auditorium. Lewis promised Opry management that if given the chance to play the Opry, he wouldn’t be drunk, wouldn’t swear and would only play country music. 

He began his appearance with “Another Place, Another Time,” but y’know, the guy IS a badass. He then broke into Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say” and for the next 40 minutes,  ignoring curtain calls, commercial breaks and wrap it up signals, rocked his way through songs like “Johnny B. Good,” “Great Balls of Fire” and “Chantilly Lace.”

Breaking all the rules, Lewis proclaimed at the end of his Opry performance that he was a “rock ‘n’ rollin’, country and western, rhythm and blues singin’ son-of-a-bitch!”

Jerry Lee Lewis Grand Ole Opry Ryman Auditorium 1973 January 20

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    I have never heard of this.
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    Dang I wish there any chance of something this good happening at the Opry nowadays.
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    That was ” rhythm n` blues singin` sum bitch ”
  8. rootsrockweirdo reblogged this from rootsrockweirdo and added:
    Bringin’ this back today. 41 years ago now.
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