Jerry Lee began to play piano at age eight on a Stark Upright that his parents, Elmo and Mamie Lewis mortgaged the farm to buy. Along with cousins Mickey Gilley and Jimmy Lee Swaggart, Jerry Lee was constantly playing and practicing on the old Stark. May 24, · 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.
None of the three men maintains a home there now, but Davis found plenty of relatives in Ferriday. They were always looking for a new, amazing feat that would best the other two. Sometimes Jimmy would go, too. On December 4, Lewis was playing piano for Carl Perkins. He was in his late fifties, but when he put his hands on those keys it was like he metamorphosed into a man twenty years younger. Jerry Lee Lewis grew up in a very conservative, religious, tight-knit family in Ferriday, Louisiana. In , with the re-release of his version of George Morgan's one-hit wonder "Room Full of Roses," Gilley finally garnered national acclaim.
At an early age Lewis was considered to be incorrigible. Ruth Laney can be reached at ruthlaney cox. Lewis more then held his own with three of the top performers of Gilley is perhaps best known to pop fans for his hit cover of "Stand By Me. All three have sold millions of albums between them, Swaggart's being primarily religious music. In , Gilley opened a nightclub called Gilley's Club in Pasadena, Texas complete with all the stylings of a honky-tonk dive: live music, cheap beer and a mechanical bull that would go on to be featured in the blockbuster film "Urban Cowboy.
He was taught that music to dance to came from the devil, playing in honky-tonks was sinful, drinking and carousing with women would send him to hell. As a result, his program ran as an unaffiliated evangelical show and viewership fell significantly. Davis tells the story of three cousins from Ferriday who hit the big time. In the mid s, Lewis studied to become a preacher at a bible college in Texas. By , Gilley rebranded again to make the pop-country crossover with a slowed down rendition of "Stand By Me," which was featured like his bull in 's "Urban Cowboy. I have the devil in me! His life was always to be tragic, starting when Lewis was three his older brother Elmo Jr.