Rock ‘n Roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis who’s most known for hits like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” has died at 87.
Jerry Lee Lewis died peacefully in his home in Desoto County, Mississippi. When reporters reached the family via phone, Farnum informed them that cause of the death was “natural causes.” His wife Judith was at his side. During his last hours Jerry told his wife he Isnt afraid to die and he will embrace the afterlife.
He was pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly. He began recording in 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. “Crazy Arms” sold 300,000 copies in the South, but it was Lewis’ 1957 smash “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” that catapulted him to international stardom. He then went on to have massive successes including “Great Balls of Fire,” “Breathless,” and “High School Confidential.”
His rock and roll career took a hit after he married Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old cousin once removed.
Following the controversy, his fame swiftly dwindled, and with a few exceptions, such as a version of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say,” he had little chart success in the early 1960s. His live performances were becoming increasingly chaotic and energetic. Many writers and fans view his 1964 live CD Live at the Star Club, Hamburg as one of the craziest and finest live rock recordings ever.
“To Make Love Sweeter for You,” “There Must Be More to Love Than This,” “Would You Take Another Chance on Me,” and “Me and Bobby McGee” were also known as number hit singles.
Lewis released 40 studio albums during his career. The most recent being 2014’s Rock & Roll Time. “Mean Old Man,” his previous album, debuted in the US Top 30 in 2010 and featured duets with performers such as Mick Jagger, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, and Eric Clapton.