FERRIDAY, La. — Household, buddies and followers will collect Saturday to bid farewell to rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis at memorial companies held in his north Louisiana residence city.
Lewis, identified for hits equivalent to “Nice Balls of Fireplace” and “Complete Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” died Oct. 28 at his Mississippi residence, south of Memphis, Tennessee. He was 87.
Saturday’s funeral service is ready for 11 a.m. at Younger’s Funeral Residence in Ferriday, the city the place he was born, relations stated. A non-public burial will observe. At 1 p.m., a celebration of life is deliberate on the Arcade Theater, additionally in Ferriday.
Lewis, who referred to as himself “The Killer,” was the final survivor of a technology of artists that rewrote music historical past, a bunch that included Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
After his private life blew up within the late Fifties following information of his marriage to his cousin, 13-year-old — probably even 12-year-old — Myra Gale Brown, whereas nonetheless married to his earlier spouse, the piano participant and rock insurgent was blacklisted from radio and his earnings dropped to just about nothing. Over the next a long time, Lewis struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, authorized disputes and bodily sickness.
Within the Sixties, Lewis reinvented himself as a rustic performer and the music business finally forgave him. He had a run of prime 10 nation hits from 1967 to 1970, together with “She Nonetheless Comes Round” and “What’s Made Milwaukee Well-known (Has Made a Loser Out of Me).”
Lewis was the cousin of TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart and nation star Mickey Gilley. Swaggart and Lewis launched “The Boys From Ferriday,” a gospel album, earlier this yr. Swaggart will officiate at his funeral service.
In 1986, together with Elvis, Berry and others, he was within the inaugural class of inductees for the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame and joined the Nation Corridor of Fame this yr. His life and music was reintroduced to youthful followers within the 1989 biopic “Nice Balls of Fireplace,” starring Dennis Quaid, and Ethan Coen’s 2022 documentary “Hassle in Thoughts.”
A 2010 Broadway music, “Million Greenback Quartet,” was impressed by a recording session that featured Lewis, Elvis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Money.
Lewis gained a Grammy in 1987 as a part of an interview album that was cited for finest spoken phrase recording, and he obtained a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2005.
The next yr, “Complete Lotta Shakin’” was chosen for the Library of Congress’ Nationwide Recording Registry, whose board praised the “propulsive boogie piano that was completely complemented by the drive of J.M. Van Eaton’s energetic drumming. The listeners to the recording, like Lewis himself, had a tough time remaining seated throughout the efficiency.”
Related Press author Hillel Italie contributed to this report.