The man, whose His career died before him, he launched great songs to fame, but they were overtaken by a scandal involving a minor, who was also his direct relative.
To identify Jerry Lee Lewis, it is enough to refer to one of his great successes in the fifties.
Great Balls of Fire, was literally on fire on American radio stations and beyond this country. However, the decisions of his interpreter would leave him under a huge explosion of criticism, which would soon end his career.
It was the beginning of the end, despite the great success of this piece of music, among others, which were sung and, above all, danced to rock songs of the moment.
“I have to tell this world that you are mine, mine, mine, mine, mine”, says a stanza of the aforementioned theme. Who was his new wife, was precisely what triggered the contempt of what he so dreamed of conquering.
& # 8220; I have changed my mind, this love is fine & # 8221; , it was not true. Those phrases came back to haunt him soon after he was at the top.
Jerry Lee Lewis: the beginning of the end of his career
On October 28, one of the news that barely became noticeable was the death of rock star Jerry Lee Lewis (87 years old). The disdain is right, if you take a look at his story.
The New York Post newspaper reported his death, but also his life. Specifically, from one of the darkest chapters in this one.
Among the details, preamble, Lewis was married 7 times. Everything seems & # 8220; normal & # 8221 ;, if you take into account that he was a famous rocker. However, the abnormality of her actions, to the full extent of the word, would come from the hand of a girl of only 13 years old.
She is Myra Gale Brown, her first cousin, who She became Lewis's third wife. At that time, the singer was 22 years old. It was the year 1957, the same year as the release of his hit Great Balls of Fire.
The marriage bond took place on December 12, but no one noticed his behavior. In fact, the song rose, since then, to the list of the most listened to songs, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
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The simile of Elvis, branded as “Crib Robbers”
When Jerry Lee Lewis married Myra Gale Brown (13 years old), 9 years his junior, he went to live with his in-laws, who were also his uncles. The family seemed to be happy with the marriage, but soon, abroad, the singer would be made aware of their contempt for his decision.
On a tour of London, the press became interested in his wife's age, given her obvious childhood. Lewis lied, claiming that Brown was 15 years old. However, the reporters had information on the girl's true date of birth.
It is curious that the simile of Elvis had so much in common with this, in addition to the musical genre. The decision to marry underage explains everything.
The articles that were written during the visit of Lewis, to sing his signature song of the moment, turned into terrible fireballs that impacted the publicity of the.
The critics were so scathing that they called him a “Crib robber” and “Baby stealer”. In fact, they suggested that he should be expelled from the country for having married a minor. Little did Lewis know that this was the beginning of the end of mass support turning against him.
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Jerry Lee Lewis: the scandal that grew and followed him like a ball of fire
Back in the US, after completing his tour in London, it seemed that the fire would give way for Lewis. It was not so. The gasoline came on behalf of what was thought to be his ex-wife, the second woman he married, before Brown.
It turned out that his union with Jane Mitchum was not legally terminated. Despite this, Jerry Lee Lewis married the 13-year-old girl. Of course the marriage was without effect. Until then, everyone would think that with what happened on British soil, the singer would rethink his decision, but the opposite happened.
On June 4, 1958, Lewis and Brown celebrated a new marriage ceremony, after being the singer legally free from Mitchum.
Knowing that insisting on legally joining a girl would bring him consequences, the interpreter decided to publish an open letter to Billboard in order to validate their relationship to the world.
The American press questioned him unceremoniously, but Lewis showed no remorse.
“I married the girl, didn't I?” he replied to a reporter, as if marriage erased Brown's age.
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Jerry's debacle Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis's descent did not happen overnight, as his insistence on staying with Myra Gale Brown took its toll-literally-on a rock star who became gradually faded into the musical firmament.
The singer, who was approaching 30 years old, was subject to boycotts in the music world, with blacklists on presentation sites, for having married a girl, who was also his first cousin.
The news spread throughout the music scene, in times when there were no social networks, but there were contacts linked enough to apply a kind of exemplary punishment.
Consequently, his presentation fees plummeted from & # 36; 10,000 per night to & # 36; 250, which impacted not only emotionally, but also the fortune that the singer was building.
“Great Balls of Fire”, was like the symbol of a letter that turned against him. The boogie-woogie-style piano, which Lewis used to play, fell almost silent.
A girl's marriage, a woman's divorce
Throughout their 13-year marriage, Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra Gale Brown have weathered disdain for the singer from the music world and from those who were once fans of the performer.
It was a period in which, in addition, their 2 children, Steve and Phoebe, were born, but happiness would not last forever.
In 1970, Brown filed for divorce, making serious accusations against the singer, whom he accused of adultery and abuse. The woman, then 26 years old, assured that she was “subjected to every type of physical and mental abuse imaginable.”.
The back and forth was at the order of the pink press, but that did not stop Lewis, who remarried in four other times.
The most controversial, although not to the level of marrying an infant, had to do-ironically-with Brown, since the interpreter married in 2012 (for the seventh and last time) with Judith Lewis, who she had been his sister-in-law when she was young. That is, the wife of one of his brothers.
Until his death, on October 28, Lewis bore the consequences of decisions, to the point of being remembered as the man who married a girl 13 years old, more than for his songs like Great Balls of Fire, whose lyrics totally turned against him.