Jerry Lee Lewis, pianist
Pianist ~ Singer

Jerry Lee Lewis

September 29, 1935, Ferriday, LA

“When they look back on me I want 'em to remember me not for all my wives, although I've had a few, and certainly not for any mansions or high livin' money I made and spent. I want 'em to remember me simply for my music.” ~ Jerry Lee Lewis

Famed for his antics at the piano, known to bang the instrument with fists, feet, head, and buttocks during concerts - he performed until public disapproval of his marriage to a thirteen-year-old third cousin sent his career into decline. He continued performing in small clubs for little money until 1968, when he decided to switch to country music. Hits like ‘What Made Milwaukee Famous’ and ‘Middle Age Crazy’ have brought Lewis back as one of country's biggest stars, though he still makes appearances in rock revue shows and likes to end his concerts with ‘Great Balls of Fire.’ ~ Musicianguide: Jerry Lee Lewis ~ retrieved September 28, 2013 © Musicianguide

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Also on September 29 ~ Gene Autry born ~ Roy Campbell Jr born 

September 29, 1973 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (7) Cher, Half-Breed ~ #2 (1) Marvin Gaye, Let's Get It On ~ #1 (2) Grand Funk Railroad, We're An American Band

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Jerry Lee Lewis ~ Ranked #24 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ I'd be curious to know how many pianos Jerry Lee Lewis has gone through in his lifetime. Whoever was responsible for keeping the piano in tune and making sure it didn't fall apart at Sun Studio must have wept every time he showed up to play. I don't know what switch got flipped in his brain when he was born that compelled him to play so fast and so hard, but I'm glad it got flipped. ~ Moby ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

In 2012 five Jerry Lee Lewis albums made it to #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #365 Another Place, Another Time (1969) ~ #204 Country Songs For City Folks (1965) ~ #142 When Two Worlds Collide (1980) ~ #65 Last Man Standing (2006) ~ #1 Star Club Hamburg (1964)

In 2012 two songs by Jerry Lee Lewis made it to the NME 100 Best Songs Of The Fifties ~ #19 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On ~ #3 Great Balls Of Fire



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