Thursday, July 3, 2014
Jerry Lawler Sings
Some would point to Lawler's home wrestling territory of Memphis as almost an early view at what would later become "sports entertainment." Crazy characters and even crazier situations would often find their way onto Memphis television and into the Mid-South Coliseum on Monday nights. Lawler was frequently at the center of this madness, which probably helped him call some of the wacky Monday Night Raw antics so many years later. "The King" was known for verbalizing some of the all-time great wrestling promos while feuding with the likes of Terry Funk, Randy Savage, and Andy Kaufman, but how about harmonizing?
Yes indeed, Jerry Lawler sang, or as his first LP was titled, "Jerry Lawler Sings." Lawler produced two albums and about a dozen singles, but "Sings" was his first. He wasn't the only Memphis wrestling star to be involved with music, keeping company with Jimmy Valiant, Sputnik Monroe, and of course Jimmy Hart. I guess the pull of Nashville and Memphis' own music history was too much to resist.
If the cover art looks familiar, it's because Lawler held a copy up at his 2007 WWE Hall of Fame induction. He also held up the record put out by the man who inducted him that night, William Shatner, and made a few jokes about both efforts. Recently I was able to have a copy signed by Lawler himself. He was absolutely stunned to see it and said that even he no longer owned a copy. I asked what had happened to the copy from the Hall of Fame, and he said that it disappeared after the event. To the amusement of "The King," I joked that Shatner took it home with him.
Have I listened to it? Well, no. "The King" was amazed that the vinyl looked untouched. Who wants to scratch up wrestling history? Some of Lawler's music efforts can be found online, and while his self-depreciating humor regarding his musical career may be valid, you have to give credit to anyone who puts themselves out there in such a manner. That's just another reason why he always will indeed be, "The King."