Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick BraggJerry Lee Lewis has lived an extraordinary life. He gave rock and roll its devils edge with hit records like Great Balls of Fire. His incendiary shows caused riots and boycotts. He ran a decade-long marathon of drugs, drinking, and women, and married his thirteen-year-old second cousin, the third of seven wives. He also nearly met his maker, at least twice. He survived it all to be hailed as one of the greatest music icons. For the very first time, he reveals the truth behind the Last Man Standing of the rock-and-roll era.
When Jerry Lee Lewis Married His 13-Year-Old Cousin
Jerry Lee Lewis had already gone through two marriages by ; he'd married Jane Mitcham, his second wife, 23 days before his divorce from his first wife, Dorothy Barton, was final. A lot of ink has been spilled about his close blood relationship with Myra, and the fact that she was only 13 and still believed in Santa Claus when the pair were married. For a man from his time and place, however, marrying at 13 and marrying one's third cousin twice removed were both fairly commonplace, although Lewis further complicated matters by again marrying before the divorce from his second wife was final. Lewis didn't seem to realize that this was offensive to most urban markets and to other countries. Jerry Lee , never one to change his mind, took her anyway. When they stepped off the plane on May 22, , Lewis obligingly told the British press that Myra was his wife although he gave her age as 15 and moved up the date of their actual wedding. His bride, for her part, told the gathering that 15 wasn't too young to marry back home: "You can marry at 10 if you can find a husband.
Sign in. Jerry Lee Lewis was born on September 29, into a very religious family.
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Jerry Lee Lewis - Mean Old Man
Judith, wife number seven, is telling me how best to get on with her husband. There was the time he drove up to Graceland, drunk on liquor and high on pills, with a gun on his dashboard, demanding that Elvis come down from the house on the hill to prove who was the real king. There were the two wives who died in tragic, some have said suspicious, circumstances. But this is the past, says Judith in her deep Mississippi drawl, and the past is a faraway country. Myra was the most controversial, because she was only 13 years old when Lewis wed her. Jerry Lee Lewis is preparing for his final tour to the UK next month, to coincide with his 80th birthday.