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Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame remembers its final inaugural inductee Jerry Lee Lewis

The Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame has paid tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis and his “rock and roll swagger” after dropping its final inaugural inductee.

Lewis was a part of the Corridor of Fame’s firstclass in 1986, and was inducted alongside different groundbreaking performers together with Chuck Berry, James Brown, Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley.

The US musician, nicknamed The Killer, was as well-known for his controversial non-public life as his music.

He died aged 87 at his dwelling in Desoto County, Mississippi, south of Memphis along with his spouse Judith by his facet, his publicist introduced on Friday.

Tributes to Lewis have been paid by different musical heavyweights together with Sir Elton John, Sir Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wooden and Don McLean, following the information.

The official Corridor of Fame mentioned that the musician’s hit songs Complete Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On and Nice Balls Of Fireplace, had “served as a basis of the sound and spirit of youth tradition”.

“The Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame has misplaced its final inaugural inductee,” the group tweeted.

“Jerry Lee Lewis sang and performed the piano with wild abandon, setting the world on fireplace along with his electrifying performances and rebellious persona.

“His hits ‘Complete Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ and ‘Nice Balls of Fireplace’ served as a basis of the sound and spirit of youth tradition.

“Jerry Lee was a real pioneer, and his music and rock and roll swagger lives on eternally.”

Paying tribute to the musician, Sir Elton mentioned: “With out Jerry Lee Lewis, I would not have turn out to be who I’m in the present day.”

The veteran musician, who has beforehand cited Lewis as an affect for his love of the piano, added: “He was groundbreaking and thrilling, and he pulverized the piano.

American star Jerry Lee Lewis performs on the Shepherds Bush Empire, as a part of his UK tour (Matt McNeill/PA)

Wooden additionally paid tribute to Lewis with a collection of images of him alongside the late musician.

The Rolling Stones guitarist captioned the put up on Twitter: “RIP JLL the Killer- What a person.”

Whereas The Beatles’ Sir Ringo tweeted: “God bless Jerry lee Lewis peace and like to all his household Ringo.”

American Pie singer McLean mentioned: “Jerry Lee initially 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.”

Born in 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana, Lewis later moved to Memphis, Tennessee the place he discovered work as a studio musician for Solar Studios.

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The musician turned recognized for his well-known stage antics, similar to taking part in standing up and even lighting the occasional piano on fireplace (PA)

Rising as one among rock music’s early showmen within the Nineteen Fifties, his music went on to be a success within the pop, nation and R&B charts.

He additionally turned recognized for his well-known stage antics, similar to taking part in standing up and even lighting the occasional piano on fireplace.

Nonetheless, in 1958 his standing got here crashing down after the press discovered he had married his 13-year-old cousin Myra Gale Brown whereas he was touring in England.

His tour was cancelled, he was blacklisted from the radio and his earnings dropped in a single day to just about nothing.

Over the next many years, Lewis struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, authorized disputes, bodily sickness and plenty of divorces.

Lewis reinvented himself as a rustic performer within the Nineteen Sixties, and the music business appeared to forgive him as he rose to prominence once more.

Just a few years after his Corridor of Fame induction, in 1989, he was honored for his contribution to the recording business with a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame.

The musician additionally acquired a bunch of accolades together with a lifetime achievement Grammy and two Grammy corridor of fame awards, and he was inducted into the Nation Music Corridor of Fame earlier this yr.

For his 2006 launch Final Man Standing, Lewis enlisted the assistance of such admirers as Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Buddy Man.

His final album was a gospel document along with his cousin, lifetime televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, who had preached towards his music once they have been youthful.

Asserting the information of his dying, his publicist Zach Farnum mentioned: “Lewis, maybe the final true, nice icon of the delivery of rock’n’roll, whose marriage of blues, gospel, nation, honky-tonk and uncooked, pounding stage performances so threatened a younger Elvis Presley that it made him cry, he has died.

“He was there initially, with Elvis, Johnny Money, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Fat Domino, Buddy Holly, and the remaining, and watched them fade away one after the other until it was him alone to bear witness, and sing of the delivery of rock’n’roll.”

The musician suffered from varied diseases and accidents within the ultimate years of his life, with docs usually telling him they need to have taken him many years in the past, Mr Farnum mentioned.

He added that simply earlier than his dying, Lewis’ spouse Judith mentioned: “He is able to go away.”

On Thursday his dying was falsely reported earlier than a consultant for Lewis confirmed he was nonetheless alive.

Lewis is survived by his seventh spouse, Judith Coghlan Lewis, his youngsters Jerry Lee Lewis III, Ronnie Lewis, Phoebe Lewis and Lori Lancaster.

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