06. August 1965 - Holyoke MA - Mountain Park Amusement Center

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On 06. August 1965 Jerry Lee Lewis played two shows during a 9-days-tour at the Mountain Park Amusement Center in Holyoke, MA.

Show review by Bruno Le Trividic for ‘Teen Beat Letter’:
On August 6, I take another bus to Holyoke where I am supposed to see Jerry again. He plays in the ballroom of an amusement park. That hall is very nice, very large and very American too, and this time teenagers are authorized to come in to the show, and that changes the climax.

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I start to get friend with Jerry´s musicians. Morris tells me about the girls in Paris, whom he had appreciated when he came to the ´Guitare d´Or´ show in Paris in 1963. His talks seem to stop there. Anyway, this August 6 I´m going to witness one of the best concert that Jerry ever gave, from the opinion of those who know him much better than I do. I take their word at granted, Jerry got me stunned that night, he left me ´breathless´. The first show was perfect and the audience responded perfectly. The second show was exceptional. Jerry, seeing that the audience was fully supporting him, got wild. Really fantastic. You just had to look at his face to be carried away. Jerry really lives his songs. There is no gimmick in his stage act.

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He sang: Down the line / Got you on my mind / Rockin´ pneumonia (twice by request from the audience) / This must be the place / High school confidential / High heel sneakers / Crazy arms / Good golly Miss Molly / Tutti frutti / Sexy ways / Whole lotta shakin´goin´on / What´d I say, and for this terrific audience, he played two songs, supposed to be on his country and western LP. One slow song – Remember Me – and a fantastic version of Charlie Rich´s hit – Lonely Weekends..
He finished the show totally exhausted and sweating.

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We followed Jerry in his dressing room. We talked while drinking impressive quantities of beers and coke. Jerry seemed disappointed by the poor sales of the LP ´The Return of Rock´ and most of all by the single ´Rockin´ Pneumonia´ who he considers as his best on the SMASH label.
In summary, Jerry doesn´t really know what more he should do. But laughing, he added:
« But they didn´t get me, slowly but surely, I´m on my way back ! »

The hotel where Jerry was staying being full, I had to spend the night in Boston, with a long road in Matt Masterson´s Cadillac. Next day, we left again for another show in Fall River.

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