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When Jerry Lee Lewis broke on the national scene in 1957 with his classic "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," he was every parents' worst nightmare perfectly realized: a long, blonde-haired Southerner who played the piano and sang with uncontrolled rage and abandon, while simultaneously reveling in his own sexuality. He was rock & roll's first great wild man and also rock & roll's first great diverse artist. Ignoring all manner of musical boundaries is something that has not only allowed his music to have wide variety, but to survive the fads and fashions as well. Whether singing a melancholy country ballad, a lowdown blues, or a blazing rocker, Lewis' extensive commitment to the moment brings forth performances that are totally grounded in his personality and all unusually of one piece. Jerry Lee's early recorded work is one of the most amazing collections of American music in existence. In 1954 he cut his first record, and in 1956, Lewis joined Sam Phillips at his Sun Records studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash also began their recording careers at Sun Studios around this same time.
At Sun studios, Lewis first recording was his own distinct version of the country ballad "Crazy Arms". In 1957, his piano and the pure rock sound of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" propelled him to international fame. "Great Balls Of Fire" soon followed and would become his biggest hit. Lewis' personal life had always been turbulent. The press learned the 23-year-old star was with his third wife, Myra Gale Brown, who was also his 13-year-old cousin. The situation caused a public uproar and the tour had to be cancelled after only three concerts. While celebrating his 41st birthday in September 1976, Lewis began playing with a .357 Magnum, which he later stated he thought was unloaded. Pointing it at his bass player, Butch Owens, he pulled the trigger. The gun was loaded and Lewis shot Owens in the chest. Owens miraculously survived. Despite the personal problems, his musical talent is unquestioned. Nicknamed The Killer for his powerful voice and piano production on stage, he was described by fellow artist Roy Orbison as the best raw performer in the history of rock music. In 1986 Jerry Lee Lewis was part of the first group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.