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This week in 1977: A Washington court reduced the sentences of Watergate conspirators John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman and John Erlichman; Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel was sentenced to four years in prison for mail fraud and racketeering; President Jimmy Carter attacked the oil industry for opposing an energy plan; and a singer from Ferriday, Louisiana, had his 47th hit record.

Several hit songs have become hits on the way to the recording studio and according to Sonny Throck-morton, Jerry Lee Lewis' 1977 hit "Middle Age Crazy" was one of those tunes.

Sonny said, "A lot of my friends were showing the signs of middle age crazy. And at that time there wasn't a name for male menopause. We didn't know what the heck we were going through and people weren't talking about it like they do now. There's a whole lot of talk about it now but back then, there just wasn't that much said about it. And I could see that different guys were getting' to that age and then all of a sudden they would take up with some woman and blah blah blah. When I wrote the song, I wrote it "he's a little bit crazy — tryin' to prove he still can," and I was going to the studio to record it and I had my mind in deep thought about what arrangement I was gonna do and while I was runnin' the arrangement around in my head — I just accidentally sang "He's middle age crazy." And I thought "that's it" so I changed it up on the way to the studio and it became "Middle Age Crazy."

Jerry Lee's Mercury Records single "Middle Age Crazy" entered the country music charts Oct. 29th, 1977 and peaked at No. 4.

It was his 47th charted song and was on the charts for 18 weeks.

Jerry Lee Lewis placed 65 songs on the country music charts between 1957 and 1989 — including six No. 1s.

He was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.


Doug Davis & The Good Ole Boys will perform at 10 a.m. today at the Opportunities Inc. Adult Center.

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