Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

Rock Singer

Jerry Lee Lewis was an American pianist, singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "The Killer", he was described as "rock 'n' roll's first great wild man".

Full Name
Jerry Lewis
Sep 29, 1935
5′ 11″
Net Worth


Jerry Lee Lewis was born on September 29, 1935, in Ferriday, Louisiana. He is an American singer-songwriter, musician and pianist who is often referred to as "The Killer". His zodiac sign is Libra and his ethnicity is European-American. He was the son of Elmo and Mamie Lewis. His parents were both avid music fans and encouraged Jerry to explore his interest in music as a child. 

At age 8, Lewis began playing the piano after watching his cousin play the instrument at church. He quickly developed a style that blended country music with rhythm and blues. By the time he was 13 years old, he had developed enough skill to land a spot performing on local radio stations. In 1952, he dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music full-time.

In 1956, Lewis released his debut single “Crazy Arms” which became an instant hit and reached number one on the Billboard country chart. Following its success, he released several other hits including “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On” (1957), “Great Balls of Fire” (1958), “High School Confidential” (1958), and “Breathless” (1959). These songs can be heard today as classic rock staples across many radio stations. 

Lewis continued releasing albums throughout the 60s and 70s but did not achieve the same level of commercial success as he had earlier in his career. Despite this, he gained more respect from fans for exploring different genres such as gospel and blues. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Lewis continued to tour extensively around Europe and the United States; however he began to focus more on recording gospel albums during this period of time. 

Today, Lewis continues to tour extensively around the world while also continuing to release new material every few years or so. He has been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame including The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1986) and The Country Music Hall Of Fame (2005).

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1935</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Jerry Lee Lewis is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On September 29, 1935, Jerry Lee Lewis was born in Ferriday, Louisiana.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1956</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his most famous song, "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," which reaches number one on the Billboard charts.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1958</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Marries His 13-Year-Old Cousin</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Marries his 13-year-old cousin Myra Gale Brown, causing a scandal and damaging his career.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1973</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the original members.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1986</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Appears in Great Balls of Fire!</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Appears in the biopic Great Balls of Fire!, starring Dennis Quaid as Lewis.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2005</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Lifetime Achievement Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 47th Grammy Awards.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's an Iconic Rocker</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the most iconic and influential rock n' rollers of all time. His unique style of playing blended country, blues, and gospel with a rockabilly edge made him stand out from the pack in the 1950s.</p></div>

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He Defined Rock and Roll</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jerry Lee Lewis was one of the first musicians to define what rock and roll was. With his wild and energetic performances, he brought a whole new style to music that had never been seen before.</p></div>

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Was a Pioneer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">As one of the pioneers of rock and roll, Jerry Lee Lewis helped to pave the way for future artists who would follow in his footsteps. His influence can still be heard today in modern rock music.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Started His Career in Gospel Music</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jerry Lee Lewis started his musical career as a gospel singer, performing at churches and tent revivals alongside his cousin, country singer Jimmy Swaggart.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Played Over 800 Different Songs</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">During the peak of his career, Jerry Lee Lewis was known for playing over 800 different songs from all genres including rock, blues, country and gospel music.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Married His 13 Year Old Cousin</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jerry Lee Lewis shocked the world when he married his 13 year old cousin Myra Gale Brown in 1957. The marriage lasted 13 years and resulted in two children.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Performed with Elvis Presley</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1956, Jerry Lee Lewis performed alongside Elvis Presley at the Million Dollar Quartet session. The session took place in Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and is now considered one of the most famous jam sessions in music history.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Inducted into Five Halls of Fame</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jerry Lee Lewis has been inducted into five different halls of fame including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Blues Hall of Fame.</p></div>


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