Jerry Lee Lewis, outrageous rock ‘n’ roll star, dies at 87

Jerry Lee Lewis
FILE - Jerry Lee Lewis props his foot on the piano as he lays back and acknowledges the applause of fans during the fifth annual Rock 'n' Roll Revival at New York's Madison Square Garden on March 14, 1975. (AP Photo/Rene Perez, File)

By HILLEL ITALIE
AP National Writer

The untamable and often outrageous rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis has died at 87.

Spokesperson Zach Farnum said Lewis died Friday morning at his Mississippi home near Memphis.

Of all the greats to emerge in the 1950s after Elvis Presley, no one personified every parent’s fear of the dangers of rock ’n roll more than Lewis, with his leering tenor and cocky sneer.

His talent, energy and ego collided into piano-pumping perfection on hits like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”

 

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