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June 8, 1989 | By Andy Wickstrom, Special to The Inquirer
With flawless timing, J2 Communications is preparing to release I Am What I Am, an hour-long documentary/concert video of wildman rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, on June 22. That's the same day that Orion's Great Balls of Fire, a film biography of Lewis starring Dennis Quaid, hits the nation's theaters. Thus, this relatively small video company stands to benefit from the movie's extensive publicity campaign, which will include a string of appearances by Lewis himself. The tape is derived from television and concert footage, with Lewis performing "Great Balls of Fire," "Breathless," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "What'd I Say," among others.
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June 30, 1989 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
In the luxury hotel honeymoon suite in London, the champagne bucket is perched romantically and strategically at the foot of the bed. It holds a suitable drink on ice for the bride - a bottle of milk. The new wife of Jerry Lee Lewis happens to be his 13-year-old cousin Myra - "second cousin," she hastily notes with a cool seventh grader's logic - and the shot of the bottle is typical of the ribald irony and feisty wit that fuels Jim McBride's Great Balls of Fire. This is a movie that delights in proving that you can make a highly diverting picture about a living legend - even the Killer himself.
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December 12, 1986 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer (The Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News contributed to this report.)
He didn't like the hours, and he didn't cotton to the chores, so Jerry Lee Lewis left the Betty Ford Drug Treatment Center Wednesday after only a week, his manager revealed yesterday. "You can't deal with him like you do any other person," said J.W. Whitten. "His days start at about 4 in the afternoon. (The center's) days start at 6 in the morning. " The Killer was supposed to undergo four to six weeks of treatment for addiction to painkillers at the Rancho Mirage, Calif., facility.
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March 28, 1986 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer (Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, USA Today and the Washington Post.)
Here-We-Go-Again Dept.: Jerry Lee Lewis' latest wife has filed for a divorce in Memphis, Tenn. In court papers filed Wednesday, wife number six, Kerrie McCarver Lewis, 23, said that Lewis hauled off and gave her a bloody nose once when she tried to discuss his fascination with other women. She charged that he has "a quick and violent temper and that he has cursed, threatened and struck her on occasions too numerous to mention. " The Lewises have been married for two years.
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September 8, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jerry Lee Lewis turns 75 on Sept. 29. But he's not ready to retire. "I could have retired a long time ago," the self-described "Southern boy" tells USA Today. He punches his fist in the air: "I keep rockin'!" Lewis, who divorced his sixth wife in '05, says he probably won't marry again. And even though his songs were once called the devil's music, Lewis says he's still "a religious man. . . . I never lost my connection, and I'm looking forward to going to heaven.
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December 3, 1988 | By Bruce Britt, Los Angeles Daily News
Jerry Lee Lewis had a short run at the top of the rock 'n' roll heap - the rock pioneer's career was derailed at the peak of his popularity when he revealed he had married his 13-year-old cousin - but he has had a lasting impact on succeeding generations of rockers. A number of those disciples have been signed up to appear in "Great Balls of Fire," the Lewis screen biography currently filming with Dennis Quaid starring as Lewis and Winona Ryder ("Beetlejuice") as his child bride, Myra Lewis.
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June 30, 1989 | By Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"Great Balls of Fire," is one of the most daring and offbeat screen biographies of a popular singer ever filmed - and one of the least successful. This amiable but muddled movie is based loosely on the early career of Jerry Lee Lewis - "the Killer" - a man whose incredible life has made him a public figure both revered and scorned. Lewis is revered for creating an infectious, fiery blend of blues and hillbilly music that he used on such hits as "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On. " He has been scorned for, at age 21, marrying his 13-year-old cousin and for his murky role in the mysterious deaths of two of his wives.
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December 18, 1994 | From Inquirer wire services
Jerry Lee Lewis has set up a 900 phone number to help him cut into the $560,000 he owes in taxes. Calls cost $2.75 a minute. Said his wife, Kerrie McCarver: "The thing is, you're actually getting to hear Jerry in his own words and it's not a script. " In one message, the rocker talks about getting kicked out of the seventh grade for fighting with his teacher. In another, he discusses his first date and love affair. In yet another, he pitches a $25 package that includes autographed photos of himself plus a concert video.
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June 22, 1989 | By Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Jerry Lee Lewis's face is a blank, which could mean anything, but in this case, it means he's trying to recall whether he and Elvis once rode naked through the streets of Memphis on motorbikes. "Nekked?" he asks in a delta drawl, pausing to think. "On motorbikes?" Another pause. "Son," he says, stretching the word out like chewing gum, "you believe everything they tell you?" This means nothing. The Killer routinely denies the truth . . . and just as often exaggerates it. He is stubborn and ornery.
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July 24, 1989 | By Carol Horner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everyone of a certain age remembers the shocking scandal. Rock-and-roll superstar Jerry Lee Lewis had married a 13-year-old, his cousin no less! Parents and teachers - and even the kids of the first rock-and-roll generation, most of them within spitting distance of 13 themselves - were stunned and repulsed. Lewis' suggestive lyrics were one thing, his wild gyrations on stage were another. But this? Marriage to a child? Incest? Bigamy? (It was discovered that Lewis, then 22, was not divorced from his second wife before taking his third.
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March 2, 2014 | By Nick Cristiano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he began writing about blues, country, soul, and early rock-and-roll, Peter Guralnick had one simple goal: to convey his own passion for artists such as Muddy Waters, Merle Haggard, Bobby Bland, and Jerry Lee Lewis, and explain why they were so important. Guralnick accomplished just that with his first two collections of artist profiles: 1971's Feel Like Going Home and 1979's Lost Highway . Now those volumes are available as enhanced digital editions ($9.99 each on iTunes)
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December 14, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Recording sessions have the mystique of making music history behind closed doors. No matter that the single most famous one in pop culture - the December day in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, now known as the Million Dollar Quartet, were all in the same Memphis studio - yielded nothing of great musical consequence. It was lions at play, singing gospel and blues that the public didn't want to hear from them. But who wouldn't have wanted to be a fly on that wall?
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September 8, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jerry Lee Lewis turns 75 on Sept. 29. But he's not ready to retire. "I could have retired a long time ago," the self-described "Southern boy" tells USA Today. He punches his fist in the air: "I keep rockin'!" Lewis, who divorced his sixth wife in '05, says he probably won't marry again. And even though his songs were once called the devil's music, Lewis says he's still "a religious man. . . . I never lost my connection, and I'm looking forward to going to heaven.
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August 24, 2007 | By SHAUN BRADY For the Daily News
ANYONE walking through the doors of Memphis, Tenn.'s, legendary Sun Studio can't help but feel immersed in history. This tiny room was, after all, instrumental in the development of American music, introducing the world to the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Howlin' Wolf. But when guitarist Skip Heller stepped through Sun's doors last fall to record "Along the Anchorline," his personal history was weighing on his mind as much as the folklore of the room.
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April 13, 2007 | By Nick Cristiano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a piano summit for the ages when Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles performed together for the first and only time, at a New Orleans Club in 1986. The document of that show, Fats and Friends, is just out on DVD, and its highlight is a sampling of new releases featuring great Americana artists. The 17-song program, recorded before a live audience at the Storyville club, starts out with the three legends performing individual sets. Then, they take the stage together, fronting a group led by Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer and Rolling Stone Ron Wood, to rip through "The Lewis Boogie," "Low Down Dog," "Jambalaya," and "Swanee River Rock.
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December 18, 1994 | From Inquirer wire services
Jerry Lee Lewis has set up a 900 phone number to help him cut into the $560,000 he owes in taxes. Calls cost $2.75 a minute. Said his wife, Kerrie McCarver: "The thing is, you're actually getting to hear Jerry in his own words and it's not a script. " In one message, the rocker talks about getting kicked out of the seventh grade for fighting with his teacher. In another, he discusses his first date and love affair. In yet another, he pitches a $25 package that includes autographed photos of himself plus a concert video.
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May 8, 1993 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story includes information from the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, the Washington Post and USA Today
Jerry Lee Lewis faces an IRS auction similar to Willie Nelson's if he doesn't come up quick with $1.6 mil in back taxes. Agents entered his Nesbit, Miss., home on Thursday and at least temporarily relieved the rock icon of three pianos, guitars, electric keyboards, velvet chairs, a grandfather clock, a burgundy leather loveseat, an old Victrola, concert posters and household appliances. Lewis was off in Europe performing. "Jerry Lee wants to pay what he owes," said the Killer's lawyer.
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September 22, 1992 | By Dick Saunders, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Barrymore Room may never be the same. For a year, this venue in the Hotel Atop the Bellevue has been an elegant setting for the American Musical Theater Festival's cabarets. The performers have been mostly decorous singers of old Broadway show tunes. But Phoebe Legere, who opens there Thursday for two weekends, is something very different. In fact, she may be the cabaret act to end all cabaret acts. "I try, in a good-natured way, to destroy cabaret," says Legere (pronounced l'-ZHERR)
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September 3, 1990 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every Labor Day Eve, Jerry Lewis steps up on some stage, and sings and smiles and sweats and staggers his way through the next 22 hours - breaking down repeatedly, seemingly on cue, as disabled children parade across the stage. He has been praised as a saint, berated as an egomaniac, nominated for a Nobel Prize, falsely assailed for making money off other people's suffering. (Time after time, Muscular Dystrophy Association officials say neither Lewis nor any of the performers takes a nickel for the telethon.
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July 24, 1989 | By Carol Horner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everyone of a certain age remembers the shocking scandal. Rock-and-roll superstar Jerry Lee Lewis had married a 13-year-old, his cousin no less! Parents and teachers - and even the kids of the first rock-and-roll generation, most of them within spitting distance of 13 themselves - were stunned and repulsed. Lewis' suggestive lyrics were one thing, his wild gyrations on stage were another. But this? Marriage to a child? Incest? Bigamy? (It was discovered that Lewis, then 22, was not divorced from his second wife before taking his third.
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