Track appears on new Danny B. Harvey and Ann Marie Lewis album
By David Sands
August 24, 2017
A previously unreleased duet of Lemmy and Jerry Lee Lewis’ niece, Ann Marie Lewis, singing a classic rock and roll tune also recorded by Elvis and Roy Orbison is now seeing the light of day.
Their cover of the tune “Trying To Get To You” appears on Lewis and Danny B. Harvey’s new album Reckless Wild & Crazy, which came out earlier this month. Harvey — who played guitar and double bass alongside Lemmy and Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the rockabilly supergroup HeadCat (formerly known as The Head Cat) — also appears on the the track.
According to Blabbermouth, Harvey had talked with Lemmy about doing the duet with Lewis a year before the Motörhead frontman passed away in December 2015:
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“We were talking about how ‘Trying To Get To You’ would make a great country/ rock and roll duet because it’s a rockin’ love song. HeadCat had recorded and released the song twice but there was also a third version that Lemmy loved his vocal take on but didn’t like our backing track as much. I told him I could fix it up and add Annie’s vocal. As a lark, I did a rough mockup of it and played it for him during our second to last HeadCat show in January 2015. He loved it and told me to ‘proceed with caution’ and laughed.”
Harvey went on to say he discussed the track at Lemmy’s birthday party two weeks before he passed away, but Lemmy was too tired at the time to listen to the final version.
“After a year of deciding what to do with the duet, I decided to release it in time for the fortieth anniversary of Elvis’s passing,” he told Blabbermouth. “Since it came out two weeks ago, it’s been well received and I know Lemmy would have loved it, him being such a big fan of Jerry Lee and Elvis.”
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