Ferriday in Concordia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis, aka The Killer, was born in 1935, in Ferriday, LA, where he began playing piano in his youth with his cousins, Mickey Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart. He grew up listening to broadcasts of the Louisiana Hayride and Grand Ole Opry on the radio and singing and playing gospel at church. He also regularly sneaked into Haney's Big House, a local Black juke joint on the Chitlin' Circuit featuring performers like B.B. King, Roy Milton, Bobby Bland, Ray Charles and others, all of whom influenced his own later style. Jerry Lee made his first public appearance in 1949, at the grand opening of a Ford Dealership in Ferriday, playing piano and singing "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" and also landed a radio show in Natchez. In 1951, he cut his first demo in New Orleans. That same year, he was expelled from the Assembly of God Southwestern Bible Institute in Waxahatchie, TX, for his boogie-woogie rendition of "Mt God is Real" during a church assembly, noting years later when asked if he was still playing for the devil that churches were now playing the same kind of music: The difference is I know I am playing for the devil and they don't."
In 1956, his father took him to Memphis, where he recorded demo tapes at Sun Records, thus launching his career under Sun Records owner Sam Phillips with his rendition of Ray Price's "Crazy Arms".
In 1986 Lee was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine named him number 24 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. His contributions to music have been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and in 2008, he was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame as well as the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. The Killer has had a dozen gold records in both rock and country, and has won several Grammy awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Erected 2002 by Ferriday Louisiana "Where Music Was Born".
Location. 31° 37.785′ N, 91° 33.213′ W. Marker is in Ferriday, Louisiana, in Concordia Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Louisiana Avenue and EE Wallace Boulevard (U.S. 425), on the right when traveling east on Louisiana Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Delta Music Hall of Fame. Marker is at or near this postal address: 218 Louisiana Avenue, Ferriday LA 71334, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jimmy Lee Swaggart (here, next to this marker); Mickey Gilley (here, next to this marker); The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Louisiana (a few steps from this marker); Haney's Big House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leon "Pee Wee" Whittaker (about 800 feet away); DePrato Mounds (approx. 1.4 miles away); Elkhorn Plantation Mound (approx. 6.8 miles away); Frogmore Mound (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ferriday.
Also see . . . Delta Music Hall Of Fame. (Submitted on June 2, 2017.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Persons •
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