Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley by J.D. DavisThree cousins, inseparably bonded through music. Each became a star; their story would become a legend. J. D. Daviss enthralling new biography of famous cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley, born within a twelve-month span in small-town Louisiana during the Great Depression, draws from exhaustive research and personal connections with friends and family. Davis recreates the irresistible and life-changing power of music that surrounded the cousins as boys and shaped their engagingly distinct paths to fame. With three personal journeys set alongside important landmarks in pop-culture history, Davis presents a unique tale of American music centered on the trials, tribulations, and achievements of three men who remain truly Unconquered.
Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley - I'll Fly Away (1980)
Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley
Jerry Lee Lewis born September 29, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, often known by his nickname, The Killer. A pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly music, Lewis made his first recordings in at Sun Records in Memphis. However, Lewis's rock and roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to Myra Gale Brown, his year-old cousin. He had minimal success in the charts following the scandal, and his popularity quickly eroded. In the early s, he did not have much chart success, with few exceptions, such as a cover of Ray Charles 's " What'd I Say ". His live performances at this time were increasingly wild and energetic. His live album Live at the Star Club, Hamburg is regarded by music journalists and fans as one of the wildest and greatest live rock albums ever.
From the Baldwins to the Kardashians , Hollywood's elite is full of famous families, but none quite like that of famed pianist Jerry Lee Lewis also known as "The Killer" whose cousins Jimmy Lee Swaggart and Mickey Gilley would go on to become almost if not more famous than him. Jerry Lee Lewis grew up in a very conservative, religious, tight-knit family in Ferriday, Louisiana. Indeed, two of his cousins were like brothers to him — Mickey Gilley, who would later become famous as a country superstar and the owner of Gilley's nightclub in Pasadena, Texas, and Jimmy Lee Swaggart, who would become famous as a televangelist and infamous due to a sex scandal in the late Eighties. All three learned to play together on the family's Stark piano, and Gilley himself entered into the business after Jerry Lee's success with the single "Crazy Arms. Of the three, however, it is Swaggart, not Lewis or Gilley, whom the family has always considered the most talented. All three have sold millions of albums between them, Swaggart's being primarily religious music. Gilley is perhaps best known to pop fans for his hit cover of "Stand By Me.
Harris, Christopher photographer. S inger Mickey Gilley spent a decade atop the country music charts from the mids through the mids amid the arc of a music career that took him from north Louisiana to Texas and eventually to the glitz of Branson, Missouri.
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The Killer, the Preacher, and the Cowboy: J. Davis tells the story of three cousins from Ferriday who hit the big time. Growing up in Quitman, a small town in the piney woods of northeast Texas, J. As a child in the Seventies, Davis heard Lewis and Gilley on country radio. Fans shunned him, radio stations dropped him, and he struggled for years to regain his stature. Eventually he turned to country music. He did an hour-long show—preaching, playing piano, and singing gospel songs.
Mickey Leroy Gilley born March 9, is an American country music singer and musician. Although he started out singing straight-up country and western material in the s, he moved towards a more pop-friendly sound in the s, bringing him further success on not just the country charts, but the pop charts as well. Gilley has charted 42 singles in the top 40 on the US Country chart. Gilley grew up just across the Mississippi River from where Lewis grew up. Gilley, Lewis, and their cousin Jimmy Swaggart played together as children, and Lewis taught them his piano style. They sang both boogie-woogie and Gospel music, but Gilley did not become a professional singer until Lewis hit the top of the charts in the s.