LEE LEWIS GREW UP praising the Lord and playing
piano in the Pentecostal Church in Ferriday, Louisiana.
His church is known for its ecstatic services, where
worshipers who feel the Holy Ghost “speak in tongues.”
Much of the emotional abandon in Jerry’s songs
comes straight from that experience. Yet his fame in
the secular music world created all kinds of spiritual
conflicts. We’ll tell the story of one of his
most beloved songs, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going
On, which launched his career in 1957. He had the
Sun Records rhythm section backing him up, who were
also members of one of the wildest rockabilly acts ever,
Billy Lee Riley and His Little Green Men.