Rock n’ roll founding father Jerry Lee Lewis is currently recovering from a minor stroke he suffered on Thursday (February 28th). Publicist Zach Farnum told NBC that none of the 83-year-old’s upcoming shows look like they’ll be cancelled, explaining, “As of now we don’t see any reason we have to, which is a good sign. Right now we’re just asking for prayers, and asking the media to express how important Jerry is.”
On Friday, a message was posted on “The Killer’s” official Facebook page, stating:
Last night, Jerry Lee Lewis suffered a minor stroke. He is with his family, recuperating in Memphis and the doctors expect a full recovery. The Killer looks forward to getting back into the studio soon to record a Gospel record and on the road performing live for his fans. His family requests privacy at this time. Well wishes and prayers are greatly appreciated.
‘But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord – Jeremiah 30:17
Jerry Lee Lewis tour dates (subject to change):
April 28 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
June 8 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
July 1 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
- Jerry Lee Lewis saw only three songs hit the Top Ten during his career. Though his debut single, “Crazy Arms,” didn’t cause much of a stir, 1957’s “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” was the record that broke through for Lewis. The song first sold 100,000 copies in the South, and then an appearance on The Steve Allen Show catapulted its sales to six million nationally.
- “Great Balls Of Fire” was another 1957 hit for him, and sold more than five million copies. “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” and “Great Balls Of Fire” were simultaneously in the Top Five of the pop, country, and R&B charts.
- Jerry Lee Lewis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its first year, 1986. He has been a major influence on a number of performers, including Bruce Springsteen, who backed him up at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, as well as John Mellencamp, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Elton John, and Billy Joel, among others.
- In 1989 Dennis Quaid starred as Jerry Lee in the heavily whitewashed biopic, Great Balls Of Fire.
- In 1958, Jerry Lee saw a third record hit the Top Ten as “Breathless” became a Number Seven hit.
- Unfortunately for his career, he was the subject of popular scandal, too. The fact that he married his 13-year-old cousin in 1957 cost him the respect of many fans, and forced him to cancel a UK concert because the fans were so outraged.
- Since then, he’s remarried several times and endured well-documented battles with the I.R.S., drugs, and health problems.
CHECK IT OUT: Jerry Lee Lewis in 1989 performing “Great Balls Of Fire” live in London: