Jerry Lee Lewis  

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"[Jerry Lee Lewis] started down the wide street, paved with gold, hypnotising millions of disciples, in the sin that is the devil's music. Rock and roll is like a painted woman. And he could not resist her charms."--Jimmy Swaggart in Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

""Great balls of fire": that was a Pentecostal image, that meant Judgment Day—and now Sam Phillips wanted Jerry Lee to turn that image into a smutty joke, to defile it. Jerry Lee said no."--Mystery Train (1975) by Greil Marcus

You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain
Too much love drives a man insane
You broke my will
But what a thrill
Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!

--"Great Balls of Fire" (1957)

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Jerry Lee Lewis (1935 - 2022) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist working within the rock and roll and rockabilly tradition, known for such songs as "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (1957) and "Great Balls of Fire" (1957).

His rock and roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old cousin once removed, and his popularity quickly eroded following the scandal.

He was the cousin of televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.

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