Late rock legend Jerry Lewis praised by colleagues

Fans of class rock were left in mourning this week after news broke that legendary musician Jerry Lewis had died. 

Singer told wife he was “ready to be with Jesus”

According to “People” magazine, Lewis passed away at his Desoto County, Mississippi home on Friday at the age of 87.

Lewis was with his wife, Judith Brown Lewis, at the time of his death, and she was quoted as saying that her husband told her he “was ready to be with Jesus.”

Fellow musicians quickly took to social media in the wake of Lewis’ passing where they recalled the impact he had on their profession.

They included Kid Rock, who characterized Lewis as being “one of the godfathers and architects of rock n roll” whose “music will always live through me, and the rest of the world.”

Musician called “an American icon”

Actor Dennis Quaid spoke up as well. Quaid played Lewis in the 1989 film Great Balls of Fire! and in an Instagram post he fondly recalled his experience with the late rock singer.

“Jerry Lee was a Christian, an American icon and the greatest piano player in the world,” Quaid wrote. “People will be listening to ‘Great Balls of Fire’ and ‘Whole Lot of Shakin” 500 years from now. I will miss him. God bless you Jerry Lee.”

Meanwhile Elton John said Lewis provided “trailblazing inspiration” without which “I wouldn’t have become who I am today.”

People noted how “Lewis began his trailblazing career in rockabilly, a rock-country hybrid that put his early singles on both the pop and country charts.”

“Such 1950s hits as ‘Great Balls of Fire,’ ‘Breathless’ and ‘Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On’ are now considered among rock’s most iconic songs,” it added.