Jerry Lee Lewis: A Rock 'n' Roll Legend

Updated: December 5, 2023     Author: International Star Registry

Star Name Jerry Lee Lewis Star Date December 25, 2003 Coordinates Hercules RA 16h 11m 35.15s D 19° 49' 3.08"

On December 25, 2003, the night sky over Hercules constellation witnessed a special event—an ordinary star was transformed into a personalized gift, forever named after one of the most iconic figures in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, Jerry Lee Lewis. This extraordinary gesture was made possible through International Star Registry, allowing fans to record a star name in honor of their beloved artists. Jerry Lee Lewis, born on September 29, 1935, and sadly leaving us on October 28, 2022, was an American pianist, singer, and songwriter, often referred to as “The Killer” for his electrifying performances and groundbreaking contributions to music.

Jerry Lee Lewis: A Musical Pioneer

Jerry Lee Lewis’s journey in the world of music began in the early 1950s when he made his first recordings at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studio in New Orleans, Louisiana. This marked the genesis of a career that would forever change the landscape of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly. In 1956, Lewis ventured to Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, where he recorded tracks that would define an era. “Crazy Arms” was his initial breakthrough, selling 300,000 copies in the Southern United States. However, it was the 1957 sensation, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” that catapulted Jerry Lee Lewis to worldwide fame. Hits like “Great Balls of Fire,” “Breathless,” and “High School Confidential” solidified his status as a musical icon.

A Transition to Country Music

In 1968, Jerry Lee Lewis made a significant transition into country music, breathing new life into his career. Songs like “Another Place, Another Time” rekindled his popularity, and he consistently topped the country-western charts in the late 1960s and 1970s. With 30 songs reaching the Top 10 on the Billboard Country and Western Chart, Lewis established himself as a country music powerhouse. His No. 1 hits included “To Make Love Sweeter for You,” “There Must Be More to Love Than This,” “Would You Take Another Chance on Me,” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”

Continued Success and Legacy

Jerry Lee Lewis’s success transcended decades, with memorable songs like “Chantilly Lace” and “Rockin’ My Life Away” that harkened back to his rock ‘n’ roll roots. Even in the 21st century, he continued to tour worldwide and released successful albums like “Last Man Standing” in 2006 and “Mean Old Man” in 2010, cementing his enduring legacy.

Awards and Honors

Throughout his illustrious career, Jerry Lee Lewis achieved numerous accolades. He earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, two Grammy Hall of Fame Awards, and four Grammy awards in total. In 1986, he became a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with additional recognition from the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. His induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2022 solidified his status as a true musical legend.

A Starry Tribute

The decision to name a star in honor of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Hercules constellation is a testament to the enduring impact of his music and the everlasting love of his fans. Just as the stars in the night sky continue to shine, so does the legacy of “The Killer” in the hearts of music enthusiasts worldwide.


Jerry Lee Lewis’s life was a symphony of rock ‘n’ roll, country, and boundless energy, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry. From his early days at Sun Records to his unforgettable live performances and transition to country music, Jerry Lee Lewis’s star continues to shine bright in the annals of musical history.

References and Links:

Shopping Cart