Linda Gail Lewis
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Born a Louisiana girl and now residing in Austin, Texas. She’s the little sister to living legend and musical genius, Jerry Lee Lewis. Raised on rock’n’roll pumping piano and country, Linda Gail grew up with a passion for music. A professional musician since fifteen, well versed in rockabilly, rock’n’ roll & country that continues to tour sharing her high octane live show with music fans around the world.
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.
Linda Gail Lewis’s official recording debut came when she performed as Jerry Lee’s duet
partner for Sun Records in 1963. It was after Jerry Lee mounted his late-1960s
comeback via country music that Lewis was able to make it onto the charts. Recording
with her brother, she scored a top ten country hit with a version of Carl and Pearl Butler’s
“Don’t Let Me Cross Over.” A rousing duet remake of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over
Beethoven,” a staple of her act, followed it onto the charts. The Lewis duo’s 1969 Smash
LP “Together”, featured their rowdy duet style on a variety of country standards and
rockers. This led to Lewis’s debut solo album for the label, The Two Sides Of Linda Gail
Lewis. 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 During this time, Lewis toured almost non-stop as part
of her brother’s show.
By 1977 she had had enough—she quit the act, married a man outside the music industry and started a new family. After a hiatus of nearly ten years,Lewis returned to music in the late 1980s, touring briefly with Jerry Lee before belatedly going solo at age 39. Lewis caught a career break when the New Rose label in France
released International Affair, her first solo album in 23 years. Well regarded by critics
like Robert Christgau for its raw, openly country sound, the album did not get much
distribution in the United States, but put the European rock community on notice that she
was available for shows.
Lewis’s biggest career boost came via legendary Irish rocker Van Morrison. Lewis met
Morrison at a Jerry Lee Lewis convention in England. After a sound-check jam session,
Morrison proposed the collaboration, which resulted in the 2000 Pointblank/Virgin duet
album You Win Again The album reached the pop charts and sold strongly at the duo’s
live shows. It became Lewis’s best-selling disc. Over the next 15 years, Delta Music
Hall of fame member Linda Gail Lewis, toured the world constantly. She has played
some of the biggest and most prestigious rock and roll festivals. During 2014 Lewis
met Rockabilly guitarist Danny B Harvey (Headcat, Rockats) who introduced her to
Lanark Records. So during four extremely creative days at Lanark Studios in Lancaster
PA, Linda Gail Lewis, Danny B. Harvey, and her daughter Annie Marie Lewis, along with
producer / bassist Quentin Jones and drummer Blair King cut 12 new rocking tunes
which was released worldwide on an album called “Hard Rocking Woman” in 2015 by
Lanark Records August 2018 a new duo album will be released by Chicago based
Bloodshot Records. The duo album is with Grammy nominated highly critically
acclaimed Americana / Folk singer and amazing guitar player Robbie Fulks. It was
recorded and produced by Robbie Fulks who wrote most of the songs. Robbie Fulks is
one of the greatest song writers of this century. Legendary musicians who played on
the album, Redd Volkaert, Kevin Smith, Tommy Detamore, Danny B. Harvey, Hank
Singer, Alex Hall, in Austin / Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and Alex Hall in Chicago.