Star Staff Reports
First in the Saturday lineup was the family production of Royal Studios Uriah Mitchell unique rapper. Next was a quick set by Butch Mudbone, blues artists from Beale Street.
Then a special one hour session came to the stage, Stax recording artist from the 1960s, Smoochy Smith.
Smith was the composer of the song “Last Night,” which has been used all over the world in several movies, commercials, and jingles.
The final two-hour finale was Landon Lane and the Ivories with special bass guitarist Ray Gann.
“But the real true special guest of the evening was Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis himself,” Harris said.
Harris decided to make this a birthday tribute show in honor of him with a special police escort from the Mississippi State Line provided by Shelby County.
Arriving in Millington, the Millington Police Department took over the security duties for the living legend who recently celebrated his birthday September 29.
Lewis signed with Memphis’ Sun Records in 1956 and quickly became a star with songs like “Great Balls of Fire.” He was the first person inducted into the first class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. With his innovative and flamboyant piano playing style, Lewis was one of Rock and Roll’s first superstars.
Lewis along with wife Judith and son Jerry Jr. were joined by longtime good friend Glen Gossett rolling into USA Stadium in a presidential black SUV limousine. “The Killer” was taken directly to the stage where Lewis was greeted by Harris and Big Jim McCarter, longtime friend of the late George Klein.
Lewis got into a golf cart and greeted all of his fans with handshakes and light conversation.
“Oh what an afternoon and night for the 30th annual Goat Days Festival,” Harris concluded.