Jerry Lee Lewis Suffers Stroke

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Jerry Lee Lewis (Photo via his Facebook page)

Jerry Lee Lewis suffered what’s described as “a minor stroke” on Thursday night (February 28). The news was revealed on his Facebook page on March 1. The brief post indicated that “doctors expect a full recovery.”

The statement noted that the rock and roll original, 83, is said to be “recuperating in Memphis… and looks forward to getting back into the studio soon.”

His representative, Zach Farnum, told the Nashville Tennessean that he expects the “Killer” will be able to perform at his next scheduled concert at Jazz Fest on April 28. “He’s a devout Christian,” Farnum told the paper. “We’re just asking for prayers and support and privacy.”

The piano-playing singer is one of the originators of rock and roll music alongside his Sun Records labelmate Elvis Presley.

He rocketed to fame on the strength of such hit singles as 1957’s “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” (#3) and “Great Balls of Fire” (#2) and 1958’s “Breathless” (#7) and “High School Confidential” (#21) until it became known at the start of a 1958 tour of Great Britain that the 22-year-old artist known as “The Killer” had married his 13-year-old cousin Myra Gale.

In 1986, he was an inaugural inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Born on Sept. 29, 1935, and after seven marriages, the deaths of two wives and two sons, various arrests, tax troubles and numerous other travails, Lewis still continues to perform and record.

His most recent concert was February 16 in Greenville, S.C.

Watch the full set; Lewis joined his band after the first four songs (12-minute mark)

Besides the upcoming Jazz Fest performance, he has a June 8 concert in Alexandria, Va. and a July 1 date in Nashville. The latter was originally scheduled for December 2018 but was postponed due to illness.

Related: Lewis is featured in our story, First Generation Rockers: Who’s Still With Us?

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