Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) Rockabilly and country music singer-songwriter and pianist. He is known by the nickname "The Killer". Lewis had hits in the late 1950s with songs such as "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", However, Lewis' rock 'n' roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to his young cousin. He had little success in the charts following the scandal until his popularity recovered in the late 1960s after he extended his career to country and western music.
A young Jerry Lee Lewis. Jerry Lee Lewis (9/29/1935) was born to the poor family of Elmo and Mamie Lewis in Ferriday in Concordia Parish in eastern Louisiana, and began playing piano in his youth with two cousins, country music singer Mickey Gilley and TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart. He was influenced by a piano-playing older cousin, Carl McVoy (who later recorded with Bill Black's Combo), the radio, and the sounds from a black juke joint across the tracks called Haney's Big House.
Great Balls of Scandal: How Jerry Lee Lewis' marriage to a 13-year-old wrecked his career
1957, Jerry Lee Lewis married Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old first cousin once removed. He was 22 and this was his third marriage.