His birthday may have been last month, but Jerry Lee Lewis is celebrating in October. The music legend is toasting his 85th birthday in style with a star-studded virtual birthday bash.
The online celebration is called “Whole Lotta Celebratin’ Goin’ On: 85 Years of the Killer.” The event takes place on Oct. 27 and will be live streamed through Lewis’ website, as well as YouTube and Facebook.
Elton John, Willie Nelson, Bill Clinton, Priscilla Presley and Joe Walsh are among those planning to make an appearance. John Stamos, of Full House fame, will host the event. Several other musicians will also perform including Lee Ann Womack and ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons.
Accordingly, proceeds from the event will benefit World Vision, which is a Christian nonprofit against poverty and injustice.
Jerry Lee Lewis Turned 85 in September.
Lewis turned 85-years-old on Sept. 29. The music legend was born in 1935. Early in his career, Lewis capture the nation’s imagination with his energetic and at time controversial stage antics. He earned himself the nickname “The Killer” for his knock-em dead approach to music.
In 1957, “Great Balls of Fire” played on airwaves across the country. The song was bonafide hit and went on to sell over 5 million copies. Lewis’ skyrocketing career came to a screeching halt just a year later when the public discovered he married his 13-year-old cousin.
The scandal put a halt to Lewis’ music for years, but eventually, Lewis found success in the country genre. He recorded the hit “Another Place, Another Time.” Over the years, Lewis has continued to put out albums and collaborate with artists like Kris Kristofferson. His latest album Rock & Roll Time was in 2014.
In 1986, Lewis became one of the first musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
[H/T: The Tennessean]