BIOGRAPHY AND WIKIPEDIA: The Killer singer, Jerry Lee Lewis, remembered for allegedly getting married to his 13-year-old female cousin KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Friday, October 28, 2022

BIOGRAPHY AND WIKIPEDIA: The Killer singer, Jerry Lee Lewis, remembered for allegedly getting married to his 13-year-old female cousin

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that The Killer singer, Jerry Lee Lewis, remembered for allegedly getting married to his 13-year-old female cousin. (Read More Here).

Jerry Lee Lewis, the flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll founding father, swaggering country shouter and 2005 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, died Friday. He was 87. 

Lewis died of natural causes at his home in DeSoto County, Mississippi, south of Memphis, his publicist, Zach Farnum of 117 Group, told The Hollywood Reporter. TMZ prematurely reported his death earlier this week.

Nicknamed “The Killer,” Lewis was an electric performer who was still performing into his late 80s. Known for such rock standards as “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Baby Baby Bye Bye,” “Breathless” and “High School Confidential,” he accumulated 10 gold records during his career, with his biggest, the 2006 all-star duets release Last Man Standing, selling more than a half-million units worldwide.

As a piano player — and unabashed rock star — Lewis blended rockabilly, gospel, blues and country as he feverishly pounded the higher keys with his right hand. With his long blond hair flying around, he often stood on top of the piano, knocking over the bench and anything else that was on the stage.

A forerunner of The Who and Jimi Hendrix, Lewis even set fire to his instrument, making it impossible for anyone to upstage him. “No one wanted to follow Jerry Lee,” Johnny Cash once said, “not even Elvis.”

Lewis filled his albums not only with ground-breaking rock but with gospel, country and rhythm and blues such as "Me and Bobby McGee" and "To Make Love Sweeter for You" as he endured a life often filled with alcohol, drugs and tragedy. His music was sometimes overshadowed by scandals - including his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra in 1957.

In his prime, he performed with daring, originality and a lewd wild-man stage demeanor that thrilled his young fans as much as it agitated their parents. Typically, Lewis would kick away his piano bench and bang the keyboard with his foot while his long wavy blond hair flopped in his face.

According to legend, Lewis was once so upset that Chuck Berry had been chosen to close a show over him that he finished his set with a move that was hard to top - setting the piano on fire and walking off.

"I'm a rompin', stompin', piano-playing son of a bitch," Lewis once told Time magazine in his Louisiana drawl. "A mean son of a bitch. But a great son of a bitch."

Lewis was born Sept. 29, 1935, in Ferriday, Louisiana, and grew up poor with two cousins also destined for fame - television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart and country singer Mickey Gilley.

He became interested in the piano at age 4 and by 10 was sneaking in to roadhouses to hear blues performers. He absorbed a variety of musical influences, especially the Jimmie Rodgers records that belonged to his father, a farmer who went to prison for bootlegging.

Lewis' family attended the Assembly of God church and his mother ensured he was thoroughly informed about the evils of liquor, honky-tonks and promiscuity. But Lewis was intent on experiencing them first hand and began playing piano in bars while still a teenager. His mother, upset by the idea of her son performing the devil's music, sent him to a Bible college in Texas.

It turned out to be a brief stay, with Lewis reportedly being dismissed from the school for playing a boogie-woogie version of "My God Is Real" during an assembly. The incident showed the dichotomy that Lewis had to live with.

"The man is tortured," Myra Lewis told People magazine. "Jerry Lee thinks that Jerry Lee is too wicked to be saved."

As Lewis himself once put it, "I'm dragging the audience to hell with me."

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