Behind The Music

Season 1 Episode 19

Jerry Lee Lewis

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 08, 1998 on VH1
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Jerry Lee Lewis
The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, the Hall-of-Fame singer/songwriter/pianist, who faced a severe career backlash after marrying his 13-year-old second cousin, has been well documented. What is not as well known is all of the death and tragedy this man has suffered. He lost his second son in a swimming pool accident, and after divorcing, his first son died in a car crash. Still a giant in the early history of rock and roll, he turned to country to rebuild his career, which has now come full circle. Along the way, there is the obligatory foray into booze and pills, and he almost died from a bleeding ulcer in the 1970's, after which he checked in to the Betty Ford Clinic. Here he tells us in his own words, what he has endured.moreless

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