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1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

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  • Year:
    1986
  • Inducted by:
    Hank Williams Jr.
  • Category:
    Performers
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Hall of Fame Essay

1986

Michael Hill

The mere titles of his tunes confirmed that Jerry Lee Lewis had the stuff of rock & roll legend. “Whole Lotta Shakin’  Goin’ On,” “Great Balls of Fire” and “Breathless” succinctly describe the man and his mu­sic. Audacious and arrogant, rollicking and rowdy, Jerry Lee Lewis took spontaneity to the brink of dan­ger. 

He was an unrepentant, wild example for the naysayers to use when they spoke out against what even Lewis himself called “the Devil’s music.”

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he could tear an audience apart.

Hank Williams Jr.

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