In three weeks, [lastfm]Jerry Lee Lewis[/lastfm], he of “Great Balls of Fire” fame, will turn 75 years young. Yesterday, though, Lewis reached a different milestone: The release of his new duets album, Mean Old Man, which features the ever-young Lewis working with some of the greatest singers of today and all time!

“I could have retired a long time ago,” Lewis told USA Today. “I keep rockin’!”

That rockin’ extends to his new album, where he gets help from [lastfm]John Fogerty[/lastfm] on “Bad Moon Rising,” [lastfm]Ringo Starr[/lastfm] and [lastfm]John Mayer[/lastfm] on “Roll Over Beethoven,” and even [lastfm]Keith Richards[/lastfm] on “Sweet Virginia.”

And all of them are there not only to make music, but to pay tribute.

“He’s one of few who can do rock ‘n’ roll, country or soul, and every song is authentic,” says [lastfm]Kris Kristofferson[/lastfm], who sings on “Sweet Virginia” and wrote Mean Old Man‘s title track. “He’s one of the best American voices ever, and I’m not sure people recognize what a great singer he is. It was always his rambunctious activities that made the headlines. The fact that he’s singing as strong as ever is incredible. We’re the lucky ones, because he could have quit a long time ago.”

Here’s one of our favorite [lastfm]Jerry Lee Lewis[/lastfm] videos online – the master singing “Me and Bobby McGee.”

[Source: USA Today]


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