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Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

Playing piano for a $15 session fee was the brash, wild, but not-yet-famous Jerry Lee Lewis

Fun facts about the "Great Balls of Fire" artist

  • Jerry Lee Lewis was born on September 29th, 1935, in Ferriday, Louisiana. He began playing the piano at age 9, copying the styles of preachers and black musicians that traveled through the area
  • He taught himself to play piano and sang in church growing up. Lewis listened to such radio shows as the Grand Ole Opry and Louisiana Hayride. Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams and Al Jolson were some of his early influences
  • He was sent to a religious school, but was soon thrown out shortly thereafter -- he did a boogie version of a song about Jesus, something the school could not accept