In 1956, a group of musicians at Sun Studio in Memphis was recording a follow-up to a young pianist’s debut hit. The band was working on a song by sound engineer and producer Jack Clement, but Clement became bored and asked them to try something else. A bass player suggested a song that had been popular during live shows, and they recorded it in one take.
The result was Jerry Lee Lewis performing “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” a song that quickly climbed to the top of the country, rhythm and blues and pop charts and became a classic hit. The lessons:
- When you’re stuck, move on. Quit trying to lead your team through a bog. Take a break and do something new.
- Listen to your team. Musician J.W. Brown had information Clement didn’t about what was popular with the audience. Encourage your staff members to sharetheir expertise as well.
— Adapted from “Jerry Lee Lewis: ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,’” Ben Manilla, All Things Considered, http://www.npr.org.
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