Born In: Ferriday, Louisiana, United States
Jerry Lee Lewis was an American singer and pianist. Considered a pioneer of rockabilly and rock and roll music, Jerry was known for his innovative and flamboyant piano playing style and catchy, fast-paced songs. His first major hit, Whole LottaShakin' Goin'On catapulted him to stardom. He followed it up with the single ‘Great Balls of Fire.’ Just as his career began to peak, he made wrong life choices that checked his career growth. His marriage to his cousin MyraGale Brown, who was only thirteen years old at the time, resulted in an outcry in the US as well as abroad. Radio stations refused to play his songs, and he was not considered for live performances. He managed to come up with one more hit song titled ‘High School Confidential’ during this period before his career nose-dived. In the 1960s, he tried to revive his music career as a country singer. He then recorded several country albums over the next few years. The singer was introduced to a new generation of music lovers through the biopic ‘Great Balls of Fire.’ In the albums ‘Last Man Standing’ and ‘Mean Old Man,’ he revisited many rock, blues, and country classics along with famous admirers, such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson. In 2004, ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine ranked him 24th in its ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’ list.
Nick Name: The Killer
Died At Age: 87
Spouse/Ex-: Judith Brown (m. 2012), Dorothy Barton (m. 1952–1), Jane Mitchum (m. 1953–1957), Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate (m. 1971–1982), Kerrie McCarver (m. 1984–2005), Myra Gale Brown (m. 1957–1970), Shawn Stephens (m. 1983–1983)
mother: Mamie Lewis
siblings: Elmo Lewis Jr., Frankie Jean Lewis, Linda Gail Lewis
children: Jerry Lee Lewis III, Jerry Lee Lewis Jr., Lori Lee Lewis, Phoebe Lewis, Ronnie Guy Lewis, Steven Allen Lewis
Born Country: United States
place of death: Nesbit, Mississippi, U.S.
U.S. State: Louisiana
An unplanned jamming session involving Jerry, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash was recorded in 1956, in the ‘Sun Studios’ in Memphis.It was released almostthree decades later as ‘Million Dollar Quartet.’
Jerry’s career hit an all-time low following his controversial marriage with his thirteen year old cousin. He released many singles, including his versions of ‘Sweet Little Sixteen,’ ‘Good Golly Miss Molly,’ and‘In the Mood.’
Jerry Lee Lewis married seven times. Dorothy Barton, Jane Mitchum, Myra Lewis, Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate, Shawn Stephens, Kerrie McCarver and Judith Lewis were his wives. He fathered six children.
His marriage to Myra Lewis, a thirteen year old, below-the-age-of-consent second cousin, in 1957, ruined his career which was at its prime. He married Myra even before divorcing his second wife.
At the age of 76, Jerry Lee Lewis married Judith Brown, who was his caregiver, on March 9, 2012. They spent much of their time at his ranch in Nesbit, Mississippi.
Jerry Lee Lewis died on October 28, 2022, at his home in DeSoto County, Mississippi, of pneumonia. Many news outlets had falsely reported about his death just two days before he died.
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