04/16/2004 - Jerry Lee Lewis - Haney's Big House

Jerry Lee Lewis - An American Original

No one can question he is a song creator in the great tradition of Al Jolson, Jimmy Rodgers, and Hank Williams.

Jerry Lee Lewis grew up listening to a variety of music, songs played at The Louisiana Hayride and those of the Grand Ol Opry broadcasts as well as the inspired gospel music of the Assembly of God Church in Ferriday. He also spent hours hiding behind Haney's Big House, a black bar in Ferriday, soaking up the sounds of blues men like B.B. King, who was then 18 years old.


Haney's Big House

In the 1940s and 1950s, there was no place more famous in Ferriday then a boogie-woogie nightclub on the 500 block of Fourth Street known as Haney's Big House.

Bluesmen like B.B. King of the Mississippi Delta and others came to town and honed their craft before they became internationally famous, while hundreds would come from miles around to listen, drink, eat, dance and have a good time.


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