Linda Gail Lewis with Danny & Annie
Performing Friday, February 1, 2019
Like her brother Jerry Lee, Rockabilly Hall of Fame member Linda Gail Lewis soaked up the sounds of hillbilly music and rhythm and blues in the rural areas of Louisiana. When Jerry Lee began to score hits with “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire,” he singlehandedly lifted the family from dire poverty to a life of relative ease. Linda Gail’s chief inspiration was Jerry Lee, but later, as the era of rock ‘n’ roll came into play, she also tuned into the sounds of Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, and Lavern Baker. In addition to composing material for her brother’s top-selling Smash and Mercury discs, Lewis also garnered an ASCAP award for her song “Smile, Somebody Loves You,” a top 40 country hit. Lewis’s biggest career boost came via legendary Irish rocker Van Morrison. After a sound-check jam session, Morrison proposed a collaboration, which resulted in the 2000 Pointblank/Virgin album You Win Again. Lewis met Rockabilly guitarist Danny B Harvey in 2014, and along with her daughter Annie Marie Lewis, cut 12 new rocking tunes which were released worldwide on an album called “Hard Rocking Woman” in 2015.
Linda Gail performed her high-energy show at the 2018 Winter Dance Party along with Danny B. Harvey and Annie Marie, and the trio will perform together again here at the Surf on Friday night, as part of the Rock ‘n Roll Royalty Show.