Jerry Lee Lewis: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Original Who Lived Up to His Nickname the Killer

From a New York Times obit by William Grimes headlined “Jerry Lee Lewis, a Rock ‘n’ Roll Original, Dies at 87”:

Jerry Lee Lewis, the hard-driving rockabilly artist whose pounding boogie-woogie piano and bluesy, country-influenced vocals helped define the sound of rock ’n’ roll on hits like “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire,” and whose incendiary performing style expressed the essence of rock rebellion, died on Friday at his home in DeSoto County, Miss., south of Memphis.

Mr. Lewis was 21 in November 1956 when he walked into Sun Studio in Memphis and, presenting himself as a country singer who could play a mean piano, demanded an audition.