Jerry Byrne was born in the Irish quarters of New Orleans. He was only seventeen when he recorded this little rock and roll monster. It was written by his cousin Mac Rebennack, who was also seventeen years old. At that point Mac was yet to become Dr. John. For Both Jerry and Mac it was their first studio experience.
The tempo on Ligths Out is simply insane. Before you know it the lights are out. The piano solo (played by Art Neville) is wild and out of control. The lyrics are just naughty. First line: “Standin’ on the front porch grabbed her and kissed her, boy was I surprised when It was your little sister”. The year is 1958.
Jerry Byrne passed away april 7th of this year.