Jerry Lee Lewis re-recorded all the songs for the soundtrack of the 1989 documentary on Lewis, Great Balls of Fire.
The only hit Lewis made during the time he was in trouble for marrying his second-cousin was a cover of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say," which Lewis recorded in 1961.
Many of Jerry Lee Lewis' piano techniques have been adopted by several future piano-playing musicians, such as Elton John, Ben Folds, and Billy Joel.
Elvis Presley once said that if he had Lewis' piano-playing talent, he would quit singing.
Lewis' parents had to mortgage their farm in order to buy him his first piano.
In 2004, Jerry Lee Lewis was ranked #24 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
On November 23, 1976, Elvis Presley invited Jerry Lee Lewis to visit him at Graceland. However, Presley's security was unaware that Jerry Lee would be coming, and Lewis had a gun on his dashboard, given to him by a local sheriff. Security asked Lewis why he was carrying a gun with him, and Lewis jokingly replied "I'm not here to kill Elvis, if that's what you're worried about," however the guard was still suspicious. The sheriff who gave Lewis the gun cleared things up for them all.
Roy Orbison once commented Lewis, by saying he was the best raw performer in the history of rock and roll music.
He almost became the king of rock and roll, but all hopes of that were crushed when he married his 2nd cousin.
He met Elvis Presley.
He was portrayed by Waylon Payne in the 2005 Walk the Line.
He has had only two number one hit songs in the U.S.
On his 41st birthday as a joke he pointed a gun at his bass player, Butch Owens, thinking it wasn't loaded and shot him in the chest. He lived through the experience.
He had bladder cancer.
He had two sons, both of whom died, and one daughter.
His second son died in an unfortunate drowning accident.
He had an alcohol and drug problem that he checked himself into the Betty Ford Clinic.
He was divorced from Myra in 1970.
He was played by actor Dennis Quaid in the 1989 Great Balls of Fire.
The only true friend Lewis had after his career went under was friend Alan Freed who continued to play his music until he was removed form the air for his Payola problems.
After the controversy with his marriage to his 2nd cousin he was instantly dropped by Sun Records.
He gained much publicity in the 1989 movie Great Balls of Fire which was a movie about his life.
After it was discovered that he had married his 13 year old 2nd cousin, he vanished from the music scene for many years.
He was married to his second wife Jane Mitcham 23 days before his divorce from his first wife.
He was the pioneer of Piano Rock.
He was a member of the impromptu jam session known as the Million Dollar Quartet featuring some of the greatest artists of that time Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Lewis.
His first record was in 1954.
He went to the Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas by his mom.
His parents were Elmo and Mamie Lewis.
His nickname is The Killer.
Jerry Lee is the cousin of Mickey Gilley.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
He is the cousin of Jimmy Swaggart.
Jerry Lee Lewis: You know, there's nothing like tearing up a good club now and then.
Jerry Lee Lewis: Other people - they practice and they practice... these fingers of mine, they got brains in them. You don't TELL them what to do - THEY do it. God given talent.
Jerry Lee Lewis: If I'm going to Hell, I'm going there playing the piano.
(when asked about if he knew he was playing the devil's music)
Jerry:Yes, I am. But you know it's strange, the same music that they kicked me out of school for is the same kind of music they play in their churches today. The difference is, I know I am playing for the devil and they don't.