2003-04-26 / Community

Dion and Jerry Lee Lewis, June 6 and 7

Dion and Jerry Lee Lewis, June 6 and 7

Dion and Jerry Lee Lewis, the ultimate legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, will perform at Westbury Music Fair on June 6 and 7. Both performances are at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com.

Few artists in the history of popular music have had the kind of career that Dion has. Beginning with a string of hits with his original group, Dion and the Belmonts, such as "I Wonder Why," "A Teenager In Love," "A Lover’s Prayer" and "When You Wish Upon A Star," Dion had eight major chart singles in his first two years as a recording artist. Kicking off his career as a solo artist in 1960 with a top 10 hit, "Lonely Teenager," Dion continued to crank out huge hits throughout the 1960’s, from such all-time classics as "Runaround Sue," "The Wanderer," "Ruby Baby" and "Drip Drop" to his 1968 Top Five ballad, "Abraham, Martin and John." He was still trotting out new hits by the end of the 1980’s, as evidenced by "And The Night Stood Still," his 32nd charted single. Voted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989, Dion has continued to add to his legacy of great live performances through the 90’s and into the millennium, even if his recordings of albums slowed down. Regardless of the changes in music over the last 4 decades, Dion has maintained his large, loyal following and flair for showmanship. That’s what makes the man timeless.

Born in Ferriday, Louisiana on September 29, 1935, Jerry Lee Lewis has been mastering the piano keys since the early age of 7. Discouraged because he couldn’t dance around the stage strumming a guitar like Carl Perkins, he stood up in mid-song, kicked back the piano stool and, as Perkins has so saliently pointed out, "a new Jerry Lee Lewis was born." His desire to entertain led him to first record in 1956 at the famous Sun Studios with the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins. Today, Jerry Lee continues to perform and be recognized throughout the world with such hits as "Great Balls of Fire," "Breathless," "Whole Lotta Shakin" and "High School Confidential." Jerry Lee Lewis performs and re-defines literally thousands of songs with the same notoriously unpredictable style of that of the start of his career. With box sets and compilations, documentaries, a movie about him, and his induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame all celebrating his legacy, Lewis still continues to record and tour and will continue until there’s no one left to play rock & roll piano anymore.

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