Rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis shouldn’t be useless, Us Weekly can formally affirm.
“He’s alive,” The “Loopy Arms” artist’s rep advised Us.
TMZ incorrectly reported that the rock musician, 87, handed away at his Memphis dwelling on Wednesday, October 26, however shortly took down the article.
The legendary songwriter was inducted into the Nation Music Corridor of Fame on October 16 however couldn’t attend the ceremony attributable to coming down with the flu. Lewis’s official Fb web page shared the information and a heartfelt acceptance speech on October 19.
“Pricey buddies and followers in Nashville, It’s with heartfelt disappointment and disappointment that I write to you right this moment from my sick mattress, fairly than be capable of share my ideas in particular person,” the “Nice Balls of Fireplace” singer wrote. “I attempted every part I may to construct up the energy to return right this moment — I’ve regarded so ahead to it since I came upon about it earlier this 12 months. My sincerest apologies to all of you for lacking this fantastic occasion, however I hope to see you all quickly.”
He added: “To be inducted into the Nation Music Corridor of Fame is the best honor in Nation music. By means of over 60 years singing music professionally, nation has all the time been the style the place I felt essentially the most at dwelling — between my fellow artists, the radio and the trade gamers — a few of them anyway. I’m honored to be going into that Corridor of Fame rotunda with a few of my heroes — Hank Williams Sr., Jimmie Rodgers and the like — to not point out so many wonderful buddies who’ve been so good to me via the years.”
Very long time good friend of the artist, musician Kris Kristofferson accepted the award on Lewis’ behalf and drove right down to Memphis to present his good friend the award in particular person.
Lewis took the music trade by storm in 1957 when he launched his first hit tune “Complete Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” He grew to become much more well-known for his expertise on the piano and carried out alongside legendary music icons like Elvis Presley and Johnny Money.