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Linda Gail Lewis

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Contemporary Musicians | Lewis, Linda Gail

Singer, songwriter

Linda Gail Lewis is the younger sister of one of music’s great performers, Jerry Lee Lewis. After decades of lingering in his shadow, she finally achieved a measure of fame in 2000 with a critically acclaimed album of duets performed with Irish rocker Van Morrison. Living a life every bit as tumultuous as her piano-thumping brother’s, Lewis has toured the world repeatedly, married eight times, nearly died from drug overdoses, and has fought the ongoing battle of family-versus-career. In the course of her musical career she has written and sung a variety of music, some good and some comically bad. Her style, which has embraced hard-core honky-tonk music, 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, and touches of Memphis soul, has made her a favorite in Europe.

Like her brother Jerry Lee, Linda Gail Lewis soaked up the sounds of hillbilly music and rhythm and blues in the rural areas of Ferriday and Black River, Louisiana. Although the Lewis family was poor, they always had enough to eat because of father Elmo Lewis’s skill at farming. When Jerry Lee began to score hits with “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire” in 1957, he singlehandedly lifted the family from dire poverty to a life of relative ease. “Jerry shared everything he had with us,” Linda Gail remarked in a personal interview. “He’d call my mama up and say, ‘Mama, I want you and daddy and Frankie Jean and Linda Gail to have everything that I have.’ And we did!.… I don’t know how many people would say that. He meant it too.

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  • CDPETE01

    That's weird,nearly one year on and I am the only two shouts,Hey Linda see you next May,I'll check in on you again.

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    so no one has left any shouts on this ladies page,well thats no surprise.

    29 May 2011 Reply

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