American singer, pianist and composer, one of the pioneers of rock and roll Jerry Lee Lewis died on October 28, 2022 at the age of 87 at his home in Desoto County, Mississippi, south of Memphis. The fact of death was confirmed to the Associated Press by his press attache Zach Farnum. Earlier, on October 26, TMZ and several other publications mistakenly “buried” the musician, but this news was denied.
“In the last years of his life, Jerry suffered from various illnesses and injuries that his doctors often said should have taken him decades ago,” the obituary reads.
“He has been ready for this for a long time,” said his seventh wife, Judith.
Jerry Lee Lewis was born into a poor family of Elmo and Mami Lewis. Lewis began playing the piano at an early age with his cousins, Mickey Gilley (later a famous country singer) and Jimmy Swaggart (later a popular televangelist). It was in those years that Lewis received the nickname “The Killer” (The Killer).
Lewis’s career began in Memphis, recording for Sun Records in 1956. The owner of the label – Sam Phillips – had special hopes for the young man, hoping to raise a new Elvis Presley. The singer’s first hit was the single “Crazy Arms”. A pioneering pianist, Lewis helped popularize rockabilly and rock and roll with a string of hits in 1957 and 1958, including “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, “Breathless”, “High School Confidential” and “Great Balls”. of Fire”.
In 1957, 22-year-old Lewis secretly married 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown, his cousin and daughter of his bassist. When the truth came out and was recognized by fans and the media, the singer faced massive backlash that almost cost him his career. She and Myra divorced in 1970. Lewis recorded dozens more records, but did not achieve such fame as in the 1950s. His latest album “Rock & Roll Time” was released in 2014.
Jerry Lee Lewis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. According to legend, after the ceremony, he arranged an impromptu jam session, which later became a tradition. Lewis is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
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