Source: Sky News
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Rock and roll star Jerry Lee Lewis, best known for the 1957 hit Great Balls of Fire, has died at the age of 87.
Lewis died at home in Memphis, Tennessee, his representatives said.
The rock and roll pioneer - who called himself The Killer - was also known for the song Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and was the last survivor of a generation of groundbreaking performers that included Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
He was once described as "a one-man stampede". During a 1957 performance of Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On for a TV show, chairs were thrown at him.
"There was rockabilly. There was Elvis. But there was no pure rock 'n' roll before Jerry Lee Lewis kicked in the door," he famously said about himself after the show.
However, his private life was mired by scandal.