Rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis died this Friday (28), aged 87, in the United States. The death was confirmed by Zach Farnum, the singer’s agent. See photos of the singer and pianist.
Alongside Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins, Jerry is considered one of the pioneers of rock’n’roll. The piano playing and singing style, always stridently, marked hits like “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire”, essential songs to shape the early rock sound.
In addition, he was able to mix styles such as country, R&B, gospel and pop in acrobatic piano performances. He says his intention is to take people from the audience to hell with him.
Nicknamed “The Killer”, he was among the first musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and has recorded over 40 albums. See more photos of the musician.
Jerry Lee Lewis in 1975 — Photo: Associated Press
In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis aged 22 and Myrna Brown, 13 — Photo: Associated Press
Jerry Lee Lewis aged 22 in London in 1958 — Photo: Associated Press
Jerry Lee Lewis, 22, at his home in Memphis, United States — Photo: Leonard ‘Buster’ Brown/Associated Press
Jerry Lee Lewis pictured on May 17, 2022 at the 2022 Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee — Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images North America/AFP/File
Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis in New York, 1986 — Photo: G. Paul Burnett/Associated Press
Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis perform at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Photo from February 2008 — Photo: Mike Blake (United States)/Reuters/Arquivo
Jerry Lee Lewis during a 2008 performance in Mansfield, United States — Photo: Associated Press
Jerry Lee Lewis pictured Aug 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee — Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images North America/AFP/Archive
Jerry Lee Lewis performs on the Palomino Stage at Stagecoach California’s Country Music Festival in California in 2017 — Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America/AFP/File
Jerry Lee Lewis in image from October 29, 2005, California — Photo: Kimberly White/Reuters/Arquivo
Jerry Lee Lewis celebrates 75 years at a show in the USA – Photo: Chris Pizzello/AP
Jerry Lee Lewis during a concert in São Paulo, in an image from November 1993 — Photo: Fernando Sampaio/Estadão Content/Arquivo
Jerry Lee Lewis sold his 1959 Harley-Davidson – Photo: Disclosure