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Lewis, Jerry Lee

Lewis, Jerry Lee, 1935–, American singer and composer, b. Ferriday, La. Combining country music elements with an energetic performance style, he was an early star of rock music . His songs include Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and Great Balls of Fire. Hailed as an innovator and a rowdy old master of rock, he continues to perform and record.

See biographies by N. Tosches (1982, repr. 1998) and R. Bragg (2014).

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