Jerry Lee Lewis
Top 50 Songs
Singer, songwriter, and pianist Jerry Leee Lewis was born on September 29, 1935, in Ferriday, Louisiana. He was considered a pionner of rock and roll with his aggressive piano-playing style and two classics (“Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”) of early rock and roll. His career on the pop charts stalled in 1958 after it was revealed he’d married Myra Gale Brown, his first cousin, once-removed, when she was 13 years old. He continued to be a presence on the country charts, where he landed 65 chart entries from 1957 to 1989, six of which went to #1. He died on October 28, 2022 at 87 years old.
For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.
Top 50 Songs
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists, appearances on compilations and live albums by the featured act, and songs’ chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)
DMDB Top 1%:
1. Great Balls of Fire (1957) #1 CW, 1 UK
DMDB Top 10%:
3. Breathless (1958)
DMDB Top 20%:
4. High School Confidential (1958)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
6. What’d I Say (1961)
11. Sweet Little Sixteen (1962)
21. Fools Like Me (1958)
31. One Has My Name, the Other Has My Heart (1969)
41. One Minute Past Eternity (1969)
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First posted 11/3/2022.
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