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Jerry Lee Lewis Celebrates 75th Birthday

September 29, 2010

Gary Fackler -- HispanicBusiness


Jerry Lee Lewis, a rock pioneer famous for playing his piano with his feet, celebrates his 75th birthday today.

Knicknamed 'The Killer' because of his forceful voice and energetic stage persona, Lewis did not alter the trajectory of rock. He knocked the rock world off its access and booted it like a soccer ball with a unique brand of stage exuberance and hard living.

Lewis married six times, was only 14 years old upon his first wedding, and he once purportedly married a cousin.

Another cousin, Jimmy Swaggart, was a disgraced tel-Evangelist who lost everything to scandal.

The media named his new style of music, "rockabilly," with such 70s hits as 'Great Balls of Fire,' 'Whole Lotta Twistin' Goin' On' and 'Good Golly Miss molly.'

Lewis was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

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