Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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


What am I thankful for? A surprise single release from Dave Edmunds, beloved rocker, guitarist and producer. Dave lives in Wales these days and hasn’t put out a new record in some time. I’m constantly bothering people who know him asking what’s going on.

What’s going on is a very Dave-ish brilliant rave up of Jerry Lee Lewis’s 1957 rockabilly classic, “It’ll Be Me.” Dave probably knows even better the 1962 cover by UK superstars Cliff Richards and the Shadows.

Of course, I love Dave’s version. Something about his records have a glow from within. For a musician who’s not supposed to have a very sunny outlook, a Dave Edmunds record always sounds like it’s full of optimism and good cheer– even when he’s ‘crawling from the wreckage.’

If you don’t know Dave Edmunds, slip back to the early 70s when his landmark cover of “I Hear You Knocking” went up the charts. Later in the 70s he hooked with the likes of Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello. His releases on Swan Song Records remain among my favorites of all time: “Get It,” “Tracks on Wax 4,” and the masterpiece, “Repeat When Necessary” are desert island discs for sure. Edmunds and Lowe briefly formed Rockpile, and Dave jumped to Columbia Records for 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 the Stray Cats’ two gigantic chart hits — “Rock this Town” and my favorite, “Stray Cat Strut.” He also produced the lead off track, “In Quintessence,” on Squeeze’s classic album, “East Side Story.”

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


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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