Jerry Lee Lewis

1935 - 2022

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Jerry Lee Lewis (September 29, 1935 – October 28, 2022) was an American pianist, singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "The Killer", he was described as "rock 'n' roll's first great wild man". A pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly music, Lewis made his first recordings in 1952 at Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studio in New Orleans, Louisiana, and early recordings in 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jerry Lee Lewis has received more than 15,397,457 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Jerry Lee Lewis is the 157th most popular musician (up from 187th in 2019), the 921st most popular biography from United States (up from 1,069th in 2019) and the 44th most popular American Musician.

Jerry Lee Lewis is famous for being a pioneering rock and roll musician and pianist, known for hits such as "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On."

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  • 15M

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  • 63.20

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 56

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.50

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.41

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among musicians, Jerry Lee Lewis ranks 157 out of 3,175Before him are Dizzy Gillespie, Ravi Shankar, Andrés Segovia, James Last, James Hetfield, and Don Shirley. After him are Giya Kancheli, Keith Jarrett, Alfred Cortot, Leslie Cheung, Karl Thomas Mozart, and Charles-Valentin Alkan.

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Among people born in 1935, Jerry Lee Lewis ranks 41Before him are Seiji Ozawa, Miroslav Blažević, Adnan Khashoggi, Ryke Geerd Hamer, Danilo Kiš, and Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. After him are Giya Kancheli, Jim Peebles, Artur Rasizade, Mirella Freni, Ei-ichi Negishi, and Jack Kemp. Among people deceased in 2022, Jerry Lee Lewis ranks 46Before him are Angelo Sodano, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Ayaz Mutallibov, Kakuichi Mimura, Jacques Perrin, and Ivica Osim. After him are Issey Miyake, Angelo Badalamenti, Mehran Karimi Nasseri, Louise Fletcher, Meat Loaf, and Antonio Inoki.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jerry Lee Lewis ranks 921 out of 20,380Before him are Don Shirley (1927), Francis Peyton Rous (1879), Willard Libby (1908), Larry Hagman (1931), Billy Joel (1949), and Jennifer Connelly (1970). After him are Burton Richter (1931), William Kemmler (1860), Richard Crenna (1926), Neale Donald Walsch (1943), Stanley Milgram (1933), and Rod Steiger (1925).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Jerry Lee Lewis ranks 44Before him are Bill Evans (1929), Ray Manzarek (1939), Benny Goodman (1909), Dizzy Gillespie (1917), James Hetfield (1963), and Don Shirley (1927). After him are Keith Jarrett (1945), Chick Corea (1941), Ritchie Valens (1941), Duff McKagan (1964), Muddy Waters (1913), and Alicia Keys (1981).