What made Milwaukee famous

What made Milwaukee famous

Rod Stewart, Jerry Lee Lewis : Song Stylists – What Made Milwaukee Famous

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Hey Buddy!

Hey Hank!

The Usual?

Pint of Guinness?

No, today, I’m in need of a Bim, Bam, Boom!

A Bim, Bam, Boom?

Yeah, you know:

One Scotch – Bim!

One Bourbon – Bam!

One Tequila – Boom!

Ha! developing.

That must have a go at it alright.

Sometimes you only need that Bim, Bam, Boom – or think you are doing.

You like to be during a place where everyone knows your name but nothing really important about you.

You like an area where the Jukebox is full of drinking, fighting and cry, cry, crying songs.

The ones you sing to under your breath without even realising that’s what you’re doing.

The ones that bring those stinging tears to your eyes.

The ones that remind you of all the items you had.

The ones that remind you of all the items you lost.

No, the items you threw away.

Threw away.

Threw away in an exceedingly joint similar to this.

Threw away because you thought you needed a head filled with Red, a bellyful of Beer or the wild song of Whiskey in your blood before you'll face another Night or find the courage to face another Day.

In the end the nights and therefore the days bled into one another and love and happiness drifted away with the alcoholic tide.

Too late you finally see.

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Too late.

Time now to invoke The Killer.

He knows a thing or two about throwing things away.

Hey Hank – right away I cant read too good – what number is, ‘What Made Milwaukee Famous’?

‘A1’ ‘A1’

Aint that good.

Funny, when this song comes on the place goes quiet and therefore the murmur of the Loser Choir drowns out the aircon.

Take it away Jerry Lee.

Sing this one on behalf of me.

Jerry Lee Lewis! Jerry Lee Lewis!

Now, it might take the combined genius of Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor and Harry Crews to create a personality half as extraordinary as Jerry Lee.

For my part let’s just say that with Ray Charles I consider him the best song stylist of the fashionable era.

I’m not one for joining Fan Clubs.

But, at 17, I did join the Jerry Lee Lewis Fan Club and far as I looked forward to my subscription copies of The American, Southern Review and also the London Review of Books coming through the letter box none of them quickened my pulse like seeing the bulky envelope with, ‘Fireball Mail’ stamped brightly in red hitting my mat!

What Made Milwaukee is from 1968 when Jerry Lee was rebranding himself as a rustic Singer( having had quite some run ins with the press, the radio, local sheriffs and also the whole damn, petty, you can’t do this here!, official world which just couldn’t deal with a authentic Wild man).


A feral man who also happened to be by an act of will and character a conduit for the nice streams of yank Music

Jerry Lee, is after all, a Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll likewise as a rustic Singer to top all except George Jones.

Goodness gracious Jerry Lee can sing the Hell out of any song that’s ever been written and make it 100% Jerry Lee.

100% Jerry Lee.

And, Glen Sutton, when he wrote, ‘What Made Milwaukee Famous’ sure gifted Jerry Lee one fireball of a song.

Now, as is so often the way, the song wasn't the merchandise of careful deliberation and prolonged polishing.

Glen was reminded by a music publisher that he was speculated to have songs for The Killer who was thanks to be in town tomorrow.

What had he got?

With a professional’s presence of mind (Glen also wrote ‘Almost Persuaded’ and, ‘Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad’ among many other classics) he looked down at the drip mat next to the phone and said, ‘Its a song – should be perfect for The Killer!’


Nw, it absolutely was simply a matter of working through the night to show the slogan on it Schlitz drip mat, ‘The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous’ into a song that might appeal to Jerry Lee and also the record buying public.

I think we are able to agree he succeeded!

Jerry Lee recorded the song the following day and gave it a regretful stately majesty powered by his rolling piano, glistening fiddle, and a vocal that proceeds with the awesome certainty of a steamer navigating The Mississippi.

Follow that!

Very few could (you’ll find numerous versions of the song if you search) but there's only 1 other version which may stand comparison with The Killer’s.

One by another great song stylist who, when he was on his game, treated songs with a profound respect and care.

A singer who had an instantly recognisable voice – a voice which could express deep emotions with elegance and elan.

Let’s call Rod Stewart to the microphone!

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