Ira Robbins
August 03, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Capitol Collectors Series: Jerry Lewis

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jerry Lewis
Producers
Capitol
genre
Reissues
We gave it a B

Those under 40 may not know that Dean Martin’s sparring partner had a singing career in the ’50s, but in Collectors Series: Jerry Lewis there’s ample, amusing proof. Armed with various comedy writers’ most melodic material and backed by a serious orchestra, the wacky comic winningly brays his way through 20 clever novelty numbers including “Lay Somethin’ on the Bar (Besides Your Elbows),” “The Book Was So Much Better Than the Picture,” and “I Can’t Carry a Tune.” B

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