Thursday, 25 June 2009

Jerry Lee Lewis 1963 - Previously Unseen Photos

Gene Vincent author Derek Henderson recently unearthed these fabulous photos from 1963. Derek took these photos at the Fairfields Hall in Croydon on 9th May with Gene, Jerry Lee and Heinz. They been unseen by a wider audience than his mates and it’s great for them to finally get published.

Please remember though they these photos are “copyright Derek Henderson 1963/2009 & not to be used without prior permission of the copyright holder”. Derek can be contacted via his superb Gene Vincent website at

Also included is the tour programme and a flyer. Jerry Lee’s band for that tour were the Outlaws: Ritchie Blackmore lg, Ken Lundgren rg, Chas Hodges b, Mick Underwood d. Derek remembers the ticket costing 8/6 (45p) for the front stalls. How much would that line-up be today?

I haven’t heard a bootleg of that show but the boot I’ve heard from the Olympia, Paris, later that year and again with the Outlaws sounds wild. His version of Good Golly Miss Molly puts Little Richard in the shade, with Jerry Lee and Blackmore blasting the song into orbit.

Again, please contact Derek if you want to use the photos and check out it website at


Peter Checksfield said...

Great pics! One point: the drummer on that tour is Morris 'Tarp' Tarrant, his own U.S. drummer at the time. Chas Hodges confirmed this for me when I asked him yesterday, & I also recognise him from the pics.

joeyg02 said...

That's not tarp. I live in south georgia down the road from him.

Peter Checksfield said...

Yes it is. Ask him yourself.

david strange said...

David Strange said....

Yes , This is the Great Morris Tarp Tarrant at the drums that originated those fantastic Las Vegas Rock endings on Jerry Lee's Live performances. Give a listen to The Greatest Live show On Earth. He drives those shows Fantastic Tasteful stuff and in 1964 , 19 years old at that kit.