Hot Stove #209 – Jerry Lee Lewis – Last Man Standing (RIP)

Everlys with Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles at the Rock Hall Induction

Today is a travel day for the World Series, so it’s a good day for a special edition of Lonnie’s Jukebox. The Hot Stove report on the World Series will be posted on Monday.

Jerry Lee Lewis died last Friday at the age of 87. Nicknamed the “Killer,” he was the “last man standing” and the “sole survivor” of the big names that founded rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. Continue reading

R & B High School (Pem-Day)

Two weeks ago, the New Yorker ran an excellent article about Pembroke-Country Day School, an all-boys private school in Kansas City (later to be merged into a coed school now known as Pembroke Hill). The author, 1973 Pem-Day graduate David Owen, tells the story of how primarily white senior classes from the 1960s booked rhythm and blues acts to play at their proms. Owen also adds context related to race and segregation in music and schools in those times. Click here for the article, but you may hit a paywall.

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Hot Stove #75 – Bill Shapiro and Cyprus Avenue – 40 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll

My thanks to those Hot Stove readers who got through my three (long) installments on baseball collusion. Despite the best efforts of my editor/wife Rita, I still often drift to posts that fit the dreaded TLDR designation. I had not heard of that term until last week when Hollis Hanover filled me in. It is internet shorthand for “Too Long. Didn’t Read.”


So I’m going to make a change. This long post will be about rock ‘n’ roll.

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Hot Stove #36 – Chuck Berry and Lonnie’s Jukebox

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Rita and I were in Phoenix last week to visit friends of long standing, Larry and Diana Brewer. Di has been my friend since before high school and Larry was my Sigma Nu fraternity brother at college. I introduced them and most of the time they thank me. Di and I also had lunch with fellow 1959 Van Horn grad Jan Clemens, another Arizona transplant from KC. Long ago, I danced at teen-town with Di and Jan. To Chuck Berry. When those songs were originally released. This past weekend, Chuck Berry died at the age of 90. So I just have to take a break from baseball posting and talk about Chuck. I’ll be back soon to talk about the Royals free agents and TV money in baseball.

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Hot Stove #29 – Leonard Cohen – Rita’s Story

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I hope you don’t mind, but I am interrupting my baseball posts to share a story about singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen who passed away earlier this month. For a good brief piece on Leonard’s career, click on the arrow at the top of this NPR report, (3:25).

Many of you on the Hot Stove mailing list were also part of Rita’s village in 2012-2013, and so you will be familiar with part of this story.

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