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Win JERRY LEE LEWIS - 'A Half Century Of Hits' CD!

'Jerry Lee Lewis: A Half Century Of Hits', the first-ever complete career retrospective on the music icon, will be released on June 13th (Time Life).

Personally overseen by Jerry Lee Lewis himself, the collection will include the first two tracks he ever recorded, neither of which has ever been released before. "Sometimes I can't believe all the things I've done ­ some seemed like a good idea at the time," Lewis reflects. "The Time-Life story is the truth and, if I do say so myself, makes for interesting reading and great listening."

A charter inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the uncompromising Lewis mixed his gospel roots with country music and roadhouse R&B, impossibly coming up with a raucous, startling and entirely compelling new type of rock On roll that forever changed the face of music.

His recordings and riveting live performances are matched only by his larger-than-life personality. Lewis has scored 65 country hits, placed 22 albums in the Country Top 20, won a Grammy award, and was immortalized in the hit film 'Great Balls of Fire.' The rock nš roll legend describes it best himself, "Just point me to the piano. In fifteen minutes, I'll have 'em shakin', shoutin', shiverin' and shackin'!"

. This specially designed 3-CD box set is not only filled with his career defining rock hits, like 'Great Balls of Fire,' 'High School Confidential,''Breathless,' and the original hit version of 'Whole Lot of Shaking Goin' On,' but every major country hit, three previously unreleased live recordings, additional rare performances, and the very first two tracks Lewis recorded (also the first original Jerry Lee Lewis composition) 'New Orleans Boogie' and a cover of Lefty Frizzell's 'Donšt Stay Away.' No one, not even Jerry Lee, had heard those two songs since the day he sang them at a 'record your own voice' studio in 1952 when he was just sixteen years old.

The box set features 66 tracks in all. Other highlights include rare outtakes from sessions done for the Sun Records label and even a heated argument between Lewis and Sun founder Sam Phillips about whether rock 'n' roll was the Devil's music. "I got the Devil in me,' Lewis yells, while Phillips tries to convince him that he can be both a believer and a rock 'n' roll star. Accidentally captured while the tape was still rolling at the studio, this tape has never been released in the United States. In addition to the hits, out-takes, studio argument, and the two 1952 recordings, this collection also features three previously unissued live recordings (recorded live by Jim Isbell at Opryland in 1981) and two live songs from his 1964 European tour. A Half-Century of Hits is accompanied by a 40 page book made up of extensive interviews with Lewis and compiled by Grammy Award winner Colin Escott, along with rare and previously unpublished photos, many of them from Phoebe Lewis' (Jerry's daughter) very own personal archives.

If you would like to win a copy of this wonderful new CD box-set, and you think you know all there is to know about Jerry Lee Lewis and his music, just answer this easy question: By the time Lewis was 14, by all family accounts, he was as good as he was ever going to get. Lewis was already ready for prime time, but his mother Mamie had other plans for the young family prodigy. Not wanting to squander Jerry Lee's gifts on the sordid world of show business, she enrolled him in a bible college ... which one, in which city, and in which state?!

Send us your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these new box-set CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before July 1st with your answer and the subject title 'JERRY LEE LEWIS CDs' to: