Jerry Lee’s new ‘Mean Old Man’ CD has followed the success of his last album, ‘Last Man Standing’, which went on to earn a gold disk for over half-a-million sales.
‘Mean Old Man’ has reached #10 in Billboard’s Rock Albums chart, #11 in its Tastemakers’ chart and #30 in its top 200 albums chart. So in 2010, 54 years after starting his recording career at Sun Records, he has another Top Ten hit album as he approaches his 75th birthday.
He has been promoting the album on U.S. TV, and recently closed the ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ musical in New York City by singing three songs backed by the cast playing himself, Elvis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash as the quartet of the title.
As for myself, I’ve just come back from 4 nites at Pontin’s holiday center in Pakefield, Lowestoft with my mother. It was a good holiday, despite the weather which was not brilliant.
They feed you very well (a cooked breakfast if you get up in time, plus a three-course lunch and a three-course dinner), and the entertainment was first rate, well up to the standard I’ve experienced on the cruise liners.
Among the cabarets we enjoyed were a Tamla Motown and Las Vegas show put on by Pontin’s young and talented Bluecoats, an Abba tribute group who were excellent, an equally good Kenny Rogers tribute act, a Welsh female singer and an Ango-Italian singer who performed everything from Tom Jones, thru a rock’n'roll medley to a Pavarotti-style Nessa Dorma operatic aria.
Plus quizzes, bingo and other tournaments during the day and early evening. We’ve booked again for next May for another Gold break (over 50s week), but I’m also booked in with two friends for Ritchie Gee’s Xmas Party with Jerry Lee’s sister Linda Gail Lewis headlining at Pontins, Pakefield in December. I wonder if her daughter MaryJean will be there with her Scottish husband Gary as usual?