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Lewis, Jerry Lee

Born: 1935 AD
Currently alive, at 80 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Pianists, Singer


1935 – He was born on the 29th of September this year in Ferriday, Louisiana, and began playing piano in his youth. He came from a poor family, so his parents mortgaged their farm to buy him a piano.


1954 – His first demo recording.


1955 – He made a trip to Nashville, where he played clubs and attempted to drum up interest, but was turned down by the Grand Ole Opry.


1957 – His piano and the pure rock and roll sound of "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” propelled him to international fame.


1960 – His popularity recovered somewhat in Europe, especially in the UK and Germany during the mid of this year.


1961 – He recorded his only hit during this period at the New Madison Avenue; it was a cover of Ray Charles’ "What’d I Say".


1963 – His Sun recording contract ended and he joined Smash Records, where he made a number of rock recordings that went nowhere, even though most were excellent.


1973 – His 19-year-old son, Jerry Lee Lewis Jr., was killed in a car accident. 


1986 – He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.


1989 – A major motion picture based on his early life in rock & roll, Great Balls of Fire, brought him back into the public eye.


2004 – Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #24 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.


2005 – His "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” was selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Recording Academy. He now resides on a ranch in Nesbit, Mississippi with his family.