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The Killer Leaves Fans Wanting More

The Killer left his fans wanting more Saturday night at the Surf Ballroom during the final night of performances during the Winter Dance Party weekend. Above: Jerry Lee Lewis performs at the Surf Ballroom.
Story and video by Dave Hansen.|CLEAR LAKE, IA—The Killer left his fans wanting more Saturday night at the Surf Ballroom during the final night of performances during the Winter Dance Party weekend.

Headliner Jerry Lee Lewis, 75, performed for less than the hour that organizers and fans expected, but he didn’t fail to play his piano pounding hits “Whole Lotta Shakin’Goin On” and “Great Balls of Fire.”

During his adlibs between songs Lewis noted “it’s pretty cold outside, but it’s getting a little hot in here.”

Several of the nearly 2,000 fans in the Surf didn’t resist the urge to hit the dance floor as Lee tickled the ivories.

At one point in his set Lewis said, “I’m happy to still be living, happy to be with you, thank you. It’s been 45-years since I’ve been here, I do remember it.”

Even though Lewis said “Clear Water,” instead of “Clear Lake,” Surf management and some people who have been attending shows at the Surf are sure Lewis appeared at the Surf either in the late ‘50’s or as he recalls in the mid 1960’s.

Lewis didn’t forget to add a little of his trademark showmanship as he finished his set with a “Whole Lotta Shakin’Goin On.” Toward the end of the tune he kicked his piano bench out of the way and stood up to pound the piano. The move brought a cheer from the audience and that put a big smile on Lewis’ face. Then he sat on the keyboard before walking off stage to the cheers of his adoring fans.

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