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Elton John, Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid and different celebrities pay tribute to the late Jerry Lee Lewis

Elton John, Ringo Starr and Dennis Quaid have been among the many celebrities who paid tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis following his loss of life on the age of 87.

The rock n’ roll star, whose greatest hits embrace “Nice Balls of Hearth” and “Entire Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” died on Friday at his Tennessee house along with his spouse Judith by his facet, his publicist confirmed in a press launch . He’s survived by Judith, and her kids by her Ronnie, Lori, Phoebe and Jerry Lee III.

No reason for loss of life was given, although the singer had suffered quite a few well being points in recent times, together with a 2019 stroke. Final week, he was inducted into the Nation Music Corridor of Fame however didn’t attend the ceremony on the suggestion of his docs.

“With out Jerry Lee Lewis, I would not have turn out to be who I’m as we speak,” John wrote on Twitter, together with a photograph of himself with Lewis.

Elton John, Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid and different celebrities honored Jerry Lee Lewis following his loss of life on the age of 87.
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The “Tiny Dancer” hitmaker continued, “He was groundbreaking and thrilling, and he pulverized the piano. A superb singer too. Thanks to your trailblazing inspiration and all of the rock ‘n’ roll recollections. #RIP.”

JERRY LEE LEWIS, ‘GREAT BALLS OF FIRE’ SINGER, DEAD AT 87

John met Lewis for the primary time after they carried out on the 2015 New Orleans Jazzfest. “Elton mentioned it was essentially the most nervous he is ever been, greater than any gig,” Jazzfest producer Quint Davis instructed the Occasions-Picayune.

David Buckley’s 2007 biography “Elton” quoted the singer as saying, “Jerry Lee Lewis was all the time an enormous affect on me. He is the perfect rock ‘n’ roll pianist ever. I could not play like him as a result of he is too quick.”

Starr tweeted, “God bless Jerry lee Lewis peace and like to all his household Ringo.”

Quaid, who portrayed Lewis within the 1989 film “Nice Balls of Hearth,” issued an announcement that learn, “Jerry Lee was a Christian, an American icon and the best piano participant on the earth.

“Individuals shall be listening to ‘Nice Balls of Hearth’ and ‘Entire Lot of Shakin’ 500 years from now. I’ll miss him. God bless you Jerry Lee.”

“Sadly, One of many pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll has handed. A insurgent to the top. RIP, Jerry Lee Lewis,” Gene Simmons tweeted.

The Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wooden wrote on Twitter, “RIP JLL the KILLER-What a person.”

Stephen King tweeted, “RIP Jerry Lee Lewis. The Killer has gone. He might play that piano, boy. Assume I gotta play me some Lewis Boogie.”

“Jerry Lee Lewis has handed … REST EASY KILLER you have been one in every of a form… #RIPJerryLee,” the Oak Ridge Boys wrote on Twitter.

“Certainly one of my most vivid recollections of Jerry Lee was in 1997, when he was a visitor on ‘Monday Night time Concert events’ on the Ryman,” Nation Music Affiliation CEO Sarah Trahern mentioned in an announcement.

Trahern continued, “Ricky Skaggs and Brian Setzer joined Jerry Lee for a set that began with the traditional ‘Nice Balls of Hearth’ and ended with a stirring rendition of ‘The Outdated Rugged Cross.’ A real pressure of nature, it was superb to have the ability to witness Jerry carry out in individual that night time.”

“As one of the gifted musicians and entertainers of our time, it warms my coronary heart to know that he obtained the prospect to just accept his rightful place within the hallowed corridor as a member of the most recent class of Nation Music Corridor of Fame inductees only a a number of weeks in the past. My deepest condolences exit to Jerry Lee’s household and mates throughout this time.”

Numerous Lewis’ colleagues and mates shared their recollections of the groundbreaking artist in statements.

“It is so unhappy to listen to that Jerry Lee Lewis has handed. I’ve liked him since I first met and labored with him within the early Seventies. He was undoubtedly one in every of a form as an artist and particular person.” wrote Crystal Gayle.

David Frizzell recalled, “I first met Jerry Lee Lewis with my brother Lefty within the late 50’s on a TV set they have been filming and obtained to listen to him sing ‘Nice Balls Of Hearth’… then years later after I was recording in California within the early ’80s (on an evening off) we went to The Palamino Membership to see Jerry’s present (that’s the night time me and my spouse Jo met) and obtained to go to with him briefly.”

“Over the following few years, we obtained to do lots of exhibits collectively. We have been so proud he was simply inducted into the Nation Music Corridor of Fame. ‘Say Hiya to Heaven’ Jerry Lee”

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“Jerry Lee at first of a session put his gun on the piano. Silence. They do the session… The subsequent day the musicians come to the session and all carry their weapons. That was Jerry Lee,” learn an announcement from Don McLean .

Many others took to social media to share their admiration for Lewis and spoke of the affect that the pioneering musician had on their careers.

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