Jerry Lewis , US Rock’n’Roll Star dies at age of 87

Great Balls of Fire and other songs by the same artists contributed to rock ‘n’roll being the preeminent American mainstream music of the 1950s. Jerry  Lewis was a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer and one of the most notorious figures in popular music. He passed away at the age of 87, according to his publicist.

He passed away at his DeSoto County, Mississippi, home from natural causes. He died at home in Desoto County, Mississippi, south of Memphis, with Judith, his seventh wife, by his side. In his last words to her, he stated that he did not fear death and that he had embraced it.

Performance of Jerry Lewis

Lewis’s enthusiastic performances of songs like Great Balls of Fire contributed to rock ‘n’roll. Hence he becomes the 1950s’ de facto American pop music. Further, he is the son of a struggling farming family. He had to take out a mortgage on their house to purchase Lewis’s first piano. He was born in Louisiana in 1935. 

He expels from an evangelical school. There he was studying and learning the instrument. Because he gave an inappropriate performance of My God is Real in boogie-woogie.

He stopped going to school and started playing live music. His first appearance was at the opening of a car dealership when he was 14 years old. He started performing at Sun Studios in Memphis, first as a studio musician and subsequently as a solo performer. 

The following year, Lewis had his breakthrough with the piano-driven rock’n’roll single Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On. He gained widespread recognition for his distinctive playing technique when he played it live on television for The Steve Allen Show. 

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His biggest hit, Great Balls of Fire, peaked at No. 2 on the US charts. It also became one of the iconic songs of the rock and roll period, which came after that Top 3 single.

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Biography of Lewis

In 1958, he married his 13-year-old cousin Myra Brown. His fame declined because US radio stations and event organizers blocked him. He did not have another US Top 20 hit.

His fourth and fifth marriages—followed a 13-year union with Brown. Despite the uproar, he could switch from rock and roll to country music as the trend fizzled out. 

After years of abusing prescription drugs, he underwent surgery to remove a third of his stomach in 1984. He pulled through the procedure. Also, in 1986, he joined Presley, Chuck Berry, and other pioneering musicians as one of the first ten performers.

Berry was involved in another infamous “killer” incident. Lewis didn’t like Berry following him when they were on tour. So he set his piano on fire. Lewis released 40 studio albums.

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Messages in Social Media

Social media floods with tributes, including one from Elton John, who wrote on Twitter: “Jerry Lee Lewis is the reason I am who I am today. He crushed the piano, and it was ground-breaking and exhilarating. He is a talented singer as well. 

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