Music: Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis (born 29 September 1935) is an American rock and country pioneer, as well as one of the Million Dollar Quartet with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, fellow Sun Records artists. Known primarily for hits such as "Great Balls of Fire", "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", his Signature Style of piano-playing (flamboyant, with a lot of glissando, getting up on the piano, etc.), and the scandal that almost completely derailed his career. Later on, he reinvented himself as a fairly successful mainstream Country Music artist.

He has had his own Biopic and appeared in others.

Has no relation with the comedian Jerry Lewis.


Tropes associated with The Killer include:

  • Genre Shift: He had a fairly successful Country Music career in the 1960s through 1980s, although even "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" and "Great Balls Of Fire" from his boogie-woogie days were #1 country hits.
  • Kill It with Fire: Set his piano on fire on Television.
  • Red Baron: "The Killer Himself"
  • Rockabilly and Rock & Roll: He is seen as one of the pioneers of the genre and one essentials who popularized it.
  • Small Reference Pools: Many people know him only for "Great Balls Of Fire".