Elton John, Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid and other celebrities pay tribute to the late Jerry Lee Lewis on HBO special ‘The Jerry Lee Lewis Story’
The HBO film Jerry Lee Lewis: The Tribute to a Legend focuses on his relationship with fellow countrymen. Lewis was the first country music superstar.
The movie was produced by Martin Scorsese and executive produced by Lewis’ former manager and long-time friend Bernie Taupin.
Other celebrities who have paid tribute include Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Willie and the Heartbreakers, Steve Earle, and Kris Kristofferson.
Jerry Lee Lewis
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At the age of 33, on December 4th 1974, Jerry Lee Lewis’ career was officially over, the great country singer, singer-songwriter and musician was killed in a plane crash.
Jerry Lee Lewis was a great pioneer for country music, he brought a lot of new styles into country music, he was the first superstar to bring country music to a mass audience. The impact that he had on country music is undeniable and his music was instrumental in the transformation of the music to country music.
He was a great musician and he had a long career, from his self titled debut album to his final album, in which he covered the Beatles’ White Album. Jerry Lee Lewis’ career was very successful and was a true crossover artist.
Lewis’ death was a tragedy for his fans in the country music industry, and the world lost a great artist.
Jerry Lee Lewis, American singer, songwriter and musician.
Born on January 13th 1955 in Birmingham, Ala., Lewis grew up in the city’s West End neighborhood, where he started playing piano at the age of seven.
At the age of 12, Lewis began playing his first guitar, and at the age of 16 he recorded his first self-penned tune, entitled “That’s Alright, Mama”.
He soon began playing in