Thanksgiving Surprise: Beloved Rocker Dave Edmunds Releases Cover of “It’ll Be Me” by Jerry Lee Lewis


Home Music Thanksgiving surprise: beloved rocker Dave Edmunds releases a Jerry Lee Lewis cover …

What am I grateful for? A surprise single from Dave Edmunds, beloved rocker, guitarist and producer. Dave lives in Wales these days and hasn’t released a new record in quite some time. I constantly disturb people who know him by asking him what’s going on.

What happens is a very brilliant Dave-ish frenzy of Jerry Lee Lewis’ 1957 rockabilly classic, “It’ll Be Me.” Dave is probably even more familiar with the 1962 cover of British superstars Cliff Richards and the Shadows.

Of course, I love Dave’s version. Something in his records has a glow from within. For a musician who isn’t supposed to have a very sunny outlook, a Dave Edmunds record always sounds like he’s full of optimism and good humor, even when he “comes out of the wreck”.

If you don’t know Dave Edmunds, go back to the early ’70s when his iconic cover of “I Hear You Knocking” hit the charts. Later in the 1970s, he became addicted to Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello. His releases on Swan Song Records remain among my all-time favorites: “Get It”, “Tracks on Wax 4” and the masterpiece “Repeat When Necessary” are sure to be records from the Deserted Isles. Edmunds and Lowe briefly formed Rockpile, and Dave jumped on Columbia Records to a big hit with Bruce Springsteen’s “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)”.

On the production side, Edmunds is notable for giving us two massive hits from the Stray Cats – “Rock this Town” and my favorite, “Stray Cat Strut”. He also produced the main off-track, “In Quintessence”, on Squeeze’s classic album, “East Side Story”.

So that’ll be him on this new release, and maybe that means an entire album is coming. What a total delight.


Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid-1990s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and wrote for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, The New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the screenwriter and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive”, a selection from the Cannes, Sundance and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.


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