Jerry Lee Lewis Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame

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At age 86, Jerry Lee Lewis has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. A charter inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lewis joins other early rockers such as the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash as a member of the country institution.

Lewis will be included into the Veterans Era category that the Country Music Hall of Fame has set up to honor early pioneers of the music. In 2021, that honor went to Ray Charles, another charter member of the Rock Hall.

“I was wondering if they were ever going to induct me,” said Lewis at a press conference held at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Nashville facility. “But they’ve come around and I was really glad and grateful for it.”

Unlike the Rock Hall, the Country Music Hall of Fame traditionally inducts only three persons per year: one into the Veterans Category, one in the Modern Era category (this year that will be the late Keith Whitley) and another in the Non-Performer slot—this year the latter goes to RCA Records executive Joe Galante, who has been instrumental in establishing the careers of Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings and dozens of others.

While Lewis, whose nickname has long been The Killer, is best known for his primal rock and roll hits like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” he has also recorded country songs since the start of his career—his rendition of Hank Williams’ “You Win Again,” recorded while Lewis was signed to Sun Records of Memphis, is considered a classic of the genre. During the period when Lewis was no longer having hits in the rock field, primarily in the late ’60s and ’70s, he began recording pure country, enjoying success with songs such as “Another Place, Another Time” and “What’s Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out of Me).” In all, Lewis placed 17 top 10 hits onto the Billboard country music singles chart.

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His acceptance in the country music world was not easy, however. As Lewis was effectively shunned from the music business after marrying his 13-year-old cousin in 1957, he had a difficult time re-establishing himself in the conservative Nashville community. He only played the legendary Grand Ole Opry once, in 1973, and many fans have theorized that it has taken Lewis this long to be inducted into the Country Hall due to the lingering resentment by those in charge of the nominations.

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  1. Biff Raunchy
    #1 Biff Raunchy 18 May, 2022, 02:07

    About time for the Killer! I really can’t believe it hasn’t happened earlier!

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  2. Rollbert
    #2 Rollbert 18 May, 2022, 08:34

    17 top ten country hits and it takes until 2022? Jerry Lee is country 24/7. Saw him perform in Denver the man rocks but has a country music core.

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  3. Andrea
    #3 Andrea 18 May, 2022, 16:24

    Great to hear. My dad played with Jerry Lee in the 1960’s. He would be happy to hear this if he was alive.

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  4. Gary Carico
    #4 Gary Carico 19 May, 2022, 04:23

    So glad to see my hero Jerry Lee Lewis inducted. It should have been years ago but late is better than never!

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