Jerry Lee Lewis (September 29, 1935): American rock and country pioneer, 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
He has had his own Biopic
and appeared in others
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"
- Small Reference Pools: Many people know him only for "Great Balls of Fire".