Fifty-two years ago today, music icon Jerry Lee Lewis recorded his famous song about a conflicted heart.
“One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)” is about a man who is married but in love with another woman. During the song, he sings, “One has my love, the other only me. But what good is love to an old heart that can’t be free. So I’ll go on living my life just the same. While one has my heart, the other has my name.” The song spent 15 weeks on the charts and peaked in the number three spot.
Although there isn’t any proof that links the song to his personal life, Jerry Lee Lewis did have his fair share of marital scandal. Lewis was able to keep his personal life relatively private until May 1958 during his British tour. A news agency reporter wrote a story about Lewis’s third wife. His wife, Myra Gale Brown was Lewis’s first cousin once removed. Additionally, she was only 13-years old while he was 22. People were outraged and his tour was canceled after only three concerts.
Jerry Lee Lewis Had Nothing To Lose When He Recorded His First Country Album
Jerry Lee Lewis struggled to recover after the scandal around his third wife broke. Although he recorded more albums, he wasn’t able to land a hit song. Frustrated by his lack of success, Lewis was about to leave his record label. Then, his manager Eddie Kilroy called him and pitched the idea of cutting a pure country record in Nashville. Lewis had nothing to lose, so he agreed. He recorded the Jerry Chesnut song “Another Place, Another Time.” The song was a hit and Lewis was called back into the studio to record more country songs.
Between 1968 and 1977, Lewis released the albums, Another Place, Another Time and She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye. As a country musician, Jerry Lee Lewis had 17 top 10 hit singles on the Billboard chart.
Although the shift from his rock ‘n roll roots to country seemed radical at the time, it wasn’t that big of a change. Often considered the first “wild man” or rock n’ roll music, Lewis’s soulful vocals and emotional resonance fit right in with the country music greats. Audiences quickly welcomed him into the country scene. Jerry Lee Lewis even played the Grand Ole Opry for the first and only time on January 20, 1973.