Jerry Lee Lewis

  • Birth Place: Ferriday, Louisiana, United States
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Pianist
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Fast Facts

  • Took piano lessons as a child with two of his cousins, future country singer Mickey Gilley and future televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.
  • Received most of his musical education by sneaking into a black rhythm-and-blues club called Haney's Big House, owned by his uncle, Lee Calhoun.
  • Made his public debut at 14 in a Ford dealership parking lot, performing "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" with a local band.
  • Attended the Southwestern Bible Institute as a teen, but was asked to leave for performing a boogie-woogie rendition of the hymn "My God Is Real."
  • Rose to fame in 1957 with the early rock & roll hits "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire."
  • Marriage later that year to his 13-year-old second cousin, Myra Gale Brown, erupted into a scandal that nearly destroyed Lewis' career.
  • Reinvented himself as a country-and-western singer in the late 1960s, starting with the hit "Another Place, Another Time."
  • Along with Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Ray Charles, was included in the inaugural Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class in 1986.
  • Re-recorded many of his hits for the 1989 biopic Great Balls of Fire, starring Dennis Quaid and Winona Ryder.

Awards

  • 1986, Grammy — Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording: Winner

Relationships

  • Elmo Lewis Jr. — Brother
  • Frankie Jean Lewis — Sister
  • Steve Allen Lewis — Son
  • Jaren Gunn — Ex-wife
  • Kerrie McCarver — Ex-wife
  • Linda Gail Lewis — Sister
  • Myra Gale Brown — Ex-wife
  • Jerry Lee Lewis Jr. — Son
  • Jane Mitcham — Ex-wife
  • Mamie Lewis — Mother
  • Jimmy Swaggart — Cousin
  • Phoebe Lewis — Daughter
  • Lee Calhoun — Uncle
  • J.W. Brown — Cousin
  • Elmo Lewis — Father
  • Shawn Stephens — Wife (deceased)
  • Dorothy Barton — Ex-wife
  • Jerry Lee Lewis III — Son
  • Mickey Gilley — Cousin
  • Judith Brown — Wife

College

  • Attended Southwestern Bible Institute, Waxahachie, Texas, United States

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