Jack Hammer RIP

Jack Hammer RIP

Postby bailbath » Wed Apr 13, 2016 6:14 pm

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/a ... 0-20160413

'Great Balls of Fire' Songwriter & Broadway Performer Jack Hammer Dies at 90
April 13

'Great Balls of Fire' Songwriter & Broadway Performer Jack Hammer Dies at 90Jack Hammer 2_thumb.jpg" style="float:left" width="235" />"Great Balls of Fire," the hit song popularly associated with Jerry Lee Lewis who recorded it on Sun Records in 1957, was written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer (aka Earl Solomon Burroughs) who passed away in Oakland, California on Friday April 8, 2016 due to a heart failure.

Jack Hammer was born on September 16, 1925 in Grove Town, Georgia. He was a Renaissance man, Broadway performer, songwriter, actor, MC, singer, tap-dancer, comedian, musician, playwright, impressionist, and artist. Lewis' recording of "Great Balls of Fire," one of dozens of Hammer's compositions, sold one million copies in the first 10 days of release in the United States, capturing a Gold Record award from the Recording Industry Association of America, and becoming one of the best-selling singles in the U.S., as well as one of the world's best-selling singles of all time.

The song was also featured in the 1957 Warner Brothers rock and roll movie "Jamboree" featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Count Basie, and other stars of the era, and became the title of the 1989 Jerry Lee Lewis biopic, starring Dennis Quaid. It has been re- recorded by everyone from The Kingsmen to Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Dolly Parton, Tiny Tim, Mae West, and even Tom Cruise in the movie "Top Gun."

One of Hammer's earliest compositions was the spectacular "Fujiyama Mama," recorded by Annisteen Allen in 'Great Balls of Fire' Songwriter & Broadway Performer Jack Hammer Dies at 90Jack

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Re: Jack Hammer RIP

Postby matt gilliam » Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:01 pm

He was the man behind Jerry Lee's success. Besides the Killer himself. RIP Jack.
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