|Odd Man In|
|Studio album by|
|Jerry Lee Lewis chronology|
Odd Man In is the 31st album by Jerry Lee Lewis. It was released in 1975 on the Mercury label. The album title was credited to Joanie Lawrence.
By the mid-seventies, Lewis was as big a country music legend as he was a rock and roll icon, and songwriters provided him with compositions that played up to the myth of "the Killer." "A change came over many of Lewis's later Mercury recordings," observes Colin Escott in the liner notes to the 2006 box set A Half Century of Hits.[ citation needed] "He found songwriters who understood his feelings, and he in turn etched himself indelibly on their words. Mack Vickery's 'That Kind of Fool' elicited one of Lewis’s most brutal performances. The regret was almost palpable. In June 1975, Lewis arrived at Mercury’s Nashville studio with his voice almost shot. Kris Kristofferson's keyboard player, Donnie Fritts, had written a song especially for him, "A Damn Good Country Song". Lewis turned in an artlessly affecting performance. As always, the remorse was tempered with arrogance."[ citation needed]
Odd Man In made it to number 33 on the Billboard country albums chart, the worst showing for any of his Mercury country albums since 1965's Country Songs for City Folks.[ citation needed] Two singles, "A Damn Good Country Song", and "Don't Boogie Woogie", did not crack the Top 20.[ citation needed] In 2006, Lewis would cut "That Kind of Fool" as a duet with Keith Richards for his Last Man Standing album.