1984 – Ray Parker JR. started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film ‘Ghostbusters’. Parker who had been a session guitarist for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye was accused of plagiarizing the melody from Huey Lewis and the News song ‘I Want a New Drug’, […]
1983 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ fifth wife, Shawn Stevens, is found dead of a methadone overdose three months after their marriage.
1973 – Rock ‘n’ roll wildman Jerry Lee Lewis performs at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. The Opry officials ask him to play only country music and refrain from using any obscenities. But guess what? The Killer plays “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On” before exclaiming, “I […]
1971 – Jerry Lee Lewis divorces his cousin Myra Gale Brown. They married in 1957 when she was 13 years old.
1967 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ set at England’s Sunberry Jazz and Blues Festival inspires such fervor in the audience that the organizers tell him to cut his set short.
1966 – Producers for Catch My Soul, described as a rock version of Shakespeare’s Othello, sign Jerry Lee Lewis to play the villain Iago. A film was made of this bizarre project in 1974, with Richie Havens as Othello and Lance LeGault as Iago.
1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fires” goes to No. 1.
1957 – Chris Hayes, guitarist with Huey Lewis & the News, is born in California.
1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis cuts “Great Balls of Fire” after a lengthy dispute with his producer over whether he was supposed to be playing the devil’s music.
1957 – Tonight on The Big Beat, Jerry Lee Lewis guests for the second time, performing “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”
1956 – Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins hold an impromptu recording session at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tenn. The Million Dollar Quartet at Sun Studios – Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis December 4, 1956 Oh, I am well aware that this offering can be had on a number […]
1956 – Little Richard’s “Tutti-Frutti” crosses over from the R&B to the pop chart, rising to #17. Elvis Presley performs “Tutti-Frutti” twice on national TV in February. “Tutti Frutti” is a song by Little Richard, which became his first hit record in 1955. With its opening cry of “Womp-bomp-a-loom-op-a-womp-bam-boom!” (supposedly intended to be a verbal […]