Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley by J.D. DavisThree cousins, inseparably bonded through music. Each became a star; their story would become a legend. J. D. Daviss enthralling new biography of famous cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley, born within a twelve-month span in small-town Louisiana during the Great Depression, draws from exhaustive research and personal connections with friends and family. Davis recreates the irresistible and life-changing power of music that surrounded the cousins as boys and shaped their engagingly distinct paths to fame. With three personal journeys set alongside important landmarks in pop-culture history, Davis presents a unique tale of American music centered on the trials, tribulations, and achievements of three men who remain truly Unconquered.
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He began playing the piano at age 9, copying the styles of preachers and black musicians that traveled through the area. He signed with Sun Records in and quickly became a star. He was the first person inducted into the first class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
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Jerry Lee Lewis born September 29, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist , often known by his nickname, The Killer. A pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly music, Lewis made his first recordings in at Sun Records in Memphis. In his youth, he began playing piano with two of his cousins, Mickey Gilley later a popular country music singer and Jimmy Swaggart later a popular television evangelist. His parents mortgaged their farm to buy him a piano. His mother enrolled him in Southwest Bible Institute, in Waxahachie, Texas , so that he would be exclusively singing evangelical songs. But Lewis daringly played a boogie-woogie rendition of "My God Is Real" at a church assembly, which ended his association with the school the same night. After that incident, he went home and started playing at clubs in and around Ferriday and Natchez, Mississippi , becoming part of the new rock and roll sound and cutting his first demo recording in
He began playing the piano at age 9, copying the styles of preachers and black musicians. He signed with Sun Records and became a rockabilly star. In , Lewis married his year-old cousin causing a record boycott but Lewis continued performing and made a comeback. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in With his innovative and flamboyant piano playing and catchy uptempo songs, Jerry Lee Lewis emerged as one of rock music's early showmen in the s. He was born in the small community of Ferriday, Louisiana, where his musical talents became apparent early on.
Jerry Lee Lewis born September 29, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, often known by his nickname, The Killer. A pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly music, Lewis made his first recordings in at Sun Records in Memphis. However, Lewis's rock and roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to Myra Gale Brown, his year-old cousin. He had minimal success in the charts following the scandal, and his popularity quickly eroded. In the early s, he did not have much chart success, with few exceptions, such as a cover of Ray Charles 's " What'd I Say ".