Who is Jerry Lee Lewis? Jerry Lee Lewis was born on September 29, 1935, and he died on October 28, 2022. He was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. He was known as “the Killer,” and he was called “Rock and Roll's first great wild man and one of the most important pianists of the 20th century.”
Lewis was one of the first people to play rock and roll and rockabilly. In 1956, he recorded his first songs at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. After his 1957 hit “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On,” which included the song “Crazy Arms,” sold 300,000 copies, he became famous all over the world.
Early Life of Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis was born in Louisiana on September 29, 1935, in the town of Ferriday, which is in the parish of Concordia. His dad was a farmer, so they didn't have much money.
His parents saw how interested he was in music from a young age and how hard he worked at the piano, so they put the family farm on the line to buy him a new instrument. He didn't sing in public for the first time until November 1949.
They were very religious Christians, so his mother put him in the Southwest Bible Institute in Waxahachie, Texas, so he could just sing gospel. Because he played “My God Is Real” in a boogie-woogie style, he was told to leave campus. When he got back to his hometown, he started to play at different nightclubs.
Jerry Lee Lewis's Career
Jerry Lee Lewis began making music when he was young and has never stopped. In the 1950s, he became well-known for his style of rock and roll. Throughout his career, as he kept making hits and touring the world, his net worth kept going up.
Most of Jerry Lee Lewis's wealth came from his work as a musician. During his lifetime, he put out more than 30 studio albums, and many of them sold well and got good reviews. His live shows were also very popular, and he toured a lot both in the U.S. and abroad.
Jerry Lee Lewis made money not only from his music but also from endorsements and other business ventures. Even though Jerry Lee Lewis was very successful, he had to deal with many problems in his life. He was married seven times and had many high-profile affairs.
His personal life was, to say the least, complicated. His drug and alcohol abuse hurt both his health and his finances. Celebritynetworth says that Jerry Lee Lewis's net worth at the end of his life was $10 million, which shows how popular and talented he was.
Awards and Achievements
Lewis won a Grammy in the spoken-word category for a very rare album of interviews that came out in 1986 with early copies of his album “Class of '55.” Then, in 1998, the original version of “Great Balls of Fire” was put into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 1999, “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On” got the same honor.
Lewis was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along Hollywood Boulevard in June 1989 for his work in the music business. On the other hand, Lewis got the American Music Masters Award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October 2007.
Jerry Lee Lewis: Personal Life
Lewis spends most of his free time at The Lewis Ranch in Nesbit, Mississippi. He and his wife Judith have been married since March 9, 2012, and they are very happy.
What Is The Reason Behind His Death?
In an interview with NBC, his biographer Rick Bragg said, “Jerry suffered in his later years from many illnesses and injuries that, according to his doctors, should have killed him decades earlier.”
At this time, we don't know exactly what happened when he died at age 87. His biographer says that Singer died at his home in DeSoto County, Mississippi. Rick told his partner while they were in bed that he had told Judith Brown that he was not afraid of the afterlife and welcomed it.