Born 29th September, 1935, Ferriday Louisiana, USA
Nickname: Killer
Style: Boogie Woogie, Rock 'n' Roll, Country, Blues, Gospel, Soul, Bluegrass, Country Rock, Western Swing

Jerry Lee Lewis is the wild man of rock and roll, embodying its most reckless and high-spirited impulses.
On such piano-pounding rockers from the late Fifties as "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great
Balls of Fire," Lewis combined a ferocious, boogie-style instrumental style with rowdy, uninhibited
He migrated to Memphis from Ferriday, Louisiana, where he'd grown up learning how to play piano by
ear based on the music around him: Western swing, boogie-woogie, uptempo R&B and Delta blues.
Lewis' first influence was the country-blues sound of Jimmie Rodgers, although he also absorbed the
gospel and R&B of the local black community. His amalgamation of these indigenous styles, abetted by
his brash temperament, made him a natural-born rock and roller - maybe the ultimate rock and roll
rebel. Lewis found a home at Sam Phillips' Sun Records label, whose stable of talent also included Elvis
Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. After a country-flavored audition for Philips in 1956, Lewis was
told that if he could come up with some rock and roll, "we could probably do something." Lewis didn't
write much himself, but he transformed other people's songs into unbridled rock and roll that even he
called "the Devil's music."

Lewis' debut single was a rocking recasting of Ray Price's country hit "Crazy Arms." He followed it with
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," which sold 6 million copies and went to #3, and "Great Balls of Fire," a
5 million seller that reached #2. Both songs were from 1957, a watershed year for Lewis. The next year
yielded more hits - "Breathless" and "High School Confidential" - and a role in a movie titled after the
latter song. However, his career as a rock and roller took a precipitous tumble when the press
discovered that he'd married his 13-year-old cousin in December 1957. Lewis managed to weather the
controversy, enduring a ten-year drought on the charts to eventually realize a successful career as a
country-music artist. Beginning in the late Sixties he launched such Top Ten hits as "Another Place,
Another Time" and "What Made Milwaukee Famous (Made a Loser Out of Me)." By the early Eighties,
he'd racked up a string of 30 country hits and also re-entered the rock and roll realm. In 1995, he
marked his 60th year with a red-hot rock and roll album, Young Blood.

Through a life marked by controversy and personal tragedy, Lewis has remained a defiant and
indefatigable figure who refuses to be contained by politesse or pigeonholes. As he declared from the
stage of the Grand Ole Opry in 1973, "I am a rock and rollin', country & western, rhythm & blues
singing [expletive deleted]!"

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