Jerry Lewis, the comedian and filmmaker who was adored by many, disdained by others, but unquestionably a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, died on Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91.
His death was confirmed by his publicist, Candi Cazau.
Mr. Lewis knew success in movies, on television, in nightclubs, on the Broadway stage and in the university lecture hall. His career had its ups and downs, but when it was at its zenith there were few stars any bigger. And he got there remarkably quickly.
Barely out of his teens, he shot to fame shortly after World War II with a nightclub act in which the rakish, imperturbable Dean Martin crooned and the skinny, hyperactive Mr. Lewis capered around the stage, a dangerously volatile id to Mr. Martin’s supremely relaxed ego.
After his break with Mr. Martin in 1956, Mr. Lewis went on to a successful solo career, eventually writing, producing and directing many of his own films. (by www.nytimes.com)
And the rest is history !
And here´s one of his early albums from the Fifties …
This album climbed the charts to number three in 1956. His Jolson-like renditions of standards surprised everyone, especially those who had only heard him mugging shamelessly on his earlier Capitol recordings with and without sidekick Dean Martin; when “Rockabye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody” became a Top Ten single from the album, it suddenly made the general public view this comic in a whole new light. This reissue also features five bonus tracks, a pair of singles from his second album session, and some interesting false starts to “Rockabye.” Although Lewis’ style is pretty over-the-top, this is still one interesting chapter to a career that has lasted longer than most legit singers. (by Cub Koda)
Jerry Lewis (vocals)
Buddy Bregman Orchestra
01. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Arlen/Mercer) 2.48
02. Shine On Your Shoes (Dietz/Schwartz) 2.13
03. How Long Has This Been Going On (G.Gershwin/I.Gerschwin) 3.42
04. I’ve Got The World On A String (Arlen/Koehler) 2.10
05. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (Schwartz/Young/Lewis) 2.38
06. Bye Bye Baby (Styne/Robin) 2.29
07. I’m Sitting On Top Of The World (Young/Henderson/Lewis) 1.40
08. Get Happy (Arlen/Koehler) 2.53
09. By My Self (Dietz/Schwartz) 3.16
10. Back In Your Own Back Yard (Jolson/Rose/Dreyer) 2.49
11. Sometime’s I’m Happy (Caesar/Youmans) 2.13
12. Birth Of The Blues (Henderson/DeSylva/Brown) 3.18
Gerald „Jerry“ Lewis (* 16. März 1926 als Joseph Levitch in Newark, New Jersey; † 20. August 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada)
And … thanks a lot for all the fun you gave to so much people ….