December 11

The Song that Renewed the Stardom of Jerry Lee Lewis in the ’60s

“To Make Love Sweeter For You” was a composition of George Morgan. The voice behind its recording is  Jerry Lee Lewis. The said track was Lewis’ third chart-topper on the country chart and his first since his 1958 “Great Balls of Fire.” For a single week, “To Make Love Sweeter For You” ruled the charts. All in all, the song spent a total of thirteen weeks on the same chart.

Jerry Lee, known as The Killer, performed “To Make Love Sweeter For You.” This 1968  number 1 country hit brought him renewed stardom. Lewis scored a series of Top Ten singles in that time frame, including “Another Place, Another Time.” His shift to country reflected the fact that he had grown up listening to the Grand Ole Opry. Another country hit of Lewis’s during this period was “What’s Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out of Me).”

The Background of the Song

The writer of “To Make Love Sweeter For You” was Glenn Sutton. He believed he had a great song—lyrically. On the other hand, he thought the melody was weak. When Glenn took the song to Mercury staff producer Jerry Kennedy, he did not deny the problem. Kennedy agreed that the melody was horrible and offered to re-work it. From there, Sutton gladly gave the go signal. Jerry came up with an entirely new melody. With his help, “To Make Love Sweeter For You” turned out to be the only number one record on which Kennedy augmented his usual production role to contribute as a writer. Lewis was in top form, which Kennedy attributes to the session being held during the morning hours, catching Jerry Lee early in the day before he had a chance to imbibe, and perhaps turn in a sub-par performance. On March 1, 1969, “To Make Love Sweeter For You” landed on the top spot of the Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

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