Whole Lotta Celebratin’ Goin’ On
‘85 Years of The Killer,’ Jerry Lee Lewis, adds Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, John Fogerty, Andy Grammer, Kris Kristofferson, Peyton Manning and more
By Elsa Velázquez Santiago
Special to The Star
“The Last Man Standing,” Jerry Lee Lewis keeps rockin’ and along with some of the biggest names in music, sports, movies, television and politics, he is going to throw a huge birthday bash. We are all invited!
Lewis’ 85th birthday has to be celebrated in the biggest possible way, without a doubt, even if it will be broadcast via livestream. And what a better way than throwing the biggest livestream concert/party with an outstanding lineup. The living legend Jerry Lee Lewis is ready for a whole lotta celebrating.
Announced last week, a star-studded event will be held to celebrate Lewis’ birthday. It will be hosted by actor John Stamos and will feature Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, John Fogerty, Andy Grammer, Kris Kristofferson, Peyton Manning and more for performances and well wishes for the “The Killer,” one of the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll. There will be special appearances from Jerry Lee Lewis himself and it gets better: he will interact with fans via the live chat.
“Whole Lotta Celebratin’ Goin’ On: 85 Years of The Killer” will air on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT via Jerry Lee Lewis’ official Facebook and YouTube channels and JerryLeeLewis.com. The event will benefit World Vision, a Christian organization working to help communities lift themselves out of poverty.
The current list of celebrities lined up to celebrate “The Killer” include (new announcements in bold): Andy Grammer, President Bill Clinton, Billy F Gibbons, Bonnie Raitt, Brenda Lee, Chris Isaak, Chris Janson, Drew Carey, Elton John, Freda Payne, Gavin DeGraw, Jacob Tolliver, James Burton, Jerry Kennedy, Jerry Phillips, Jimmy Swaggart, Joe Walsh, John Fogerty, Keith Richards, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Linda Gail Lewis, Lindsay Ell, Marty Stuart, Mickey Gilley, The Beach Boys’ Mike Love, Nancy Wilson, Peyton Manning, Priscilla Presley, Randy Houser, Ringo Starr, Tanya Tucker, Tom Jones, Willie Nelson and Wink Martindale along with appearances from Jerry Lee Lewis’ road band, Kenny Lovelace, Ray Gann and Kenny Aronoff.
“Whole Lotta Celebratin’ Goin’ On: 85 Years of The Killer” is being produced and directed by Zach Farnum / 117 Entertainment in association with Jeff Franklin and Tisha Fein.
The living legend Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the all-time best singer-songwriters, musicians and pianists.
He was born in 1935 to Mamie and Elmo Lewis of Ferriday, La. In November of 1956 Jerry Lee made his way to Memphis, Tennessee where he would join Sun Records and launch hit records with “Crazy Arms,” “Whole Lotta Shakin,’” and “Great Balls of Fire.”
Lewis, along with his friends Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins, would become known as the Million Dollar Quartet and there is not any part of music that their influences haven’t touched.
Myths also surround Lewis. The legend is also linked to a famous performance in which he literally set his piano on fire, burning as he performed his signature theme, “Great Balls of Fire.”
Lewis’ discography leaves everyone like the title of one of his biggest hits: “Breathless.” The list includes 59 studio albums, almost 100 singles and nine live albums. His legendary performances will always, always, remind us how big Jerry Lee is in rock ‘n’ roll and country music, and in general.
As a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s very first class of inductees, “The Killer” holds numerous awards including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award and countless other honors.
Lewis is truly rock n’ roll’s first great wildman, and shows no signs of stopping, touring around the globe and recording new music still today.
There’s only one Jerry Lee Lewis. So “shake it, baby, shake it” and tune in on Oct. 27.