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.”
I will FOREVER cherish my time with Jerry Lee on and off the stage. No question one of the best to ever do it and one of the godfathers and architects of rock n roll. Your music will always live through me, and the rest of the world! Rest in peace and Rock on Killer!! -Kid Rock pic.twitter.com/LxZU41eoZO
— KidRock (@KidRock) October 28, 2022
Musician called “an American icon”
“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.”
Without Jerry Lee Lewis, I wouldn’t have become who I am today. He was groundbreaking and exciting, and he pulverized the piano. A brilliant singer too. Thank you for your trailblazing inspiration and all the rock ‘n’ roll memories. #RIP pic.twitter.com/HytKkIV5Qo
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) October 28, 2022
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.