Growing up I enjoyed hearing his songs and great piano playing. When we wanted to play some 50s oldies stuff his stuff was always part of the fun.
I never introduced his music to my son but he discovered and became a Jerry Lee fan himself. His music was timeless.
“I am a rock and rollin’, country-and-western, rhythm and blues-singin’ motherf**cker,” he told the Grand Ole Opry audience in 1975, and that pretty much sums up the life and legend of Jerry Lee Lewis.
An excellent obituary from Associated Press put it this way...
"Tender ballads were best left to the old folks. Lewis was all about lust and gratification, with his leering tenor and demanding asides, violent tempos and brash glissandi, c0cky sneer and crazy blond hair. He was a one-man stampede who made the fans scream and the keyboards swear, his live act so combustible that during a 1957 performance of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” on “The Steve Allen Show,” chairs were thrown at him like buckets of water on an inferno."
Jerry Lee Lewis, the untamable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose outrageous talent, energy and ego collided on such definitive records as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and sustained a career otherwise upended by personal scandal, died Friday morning at 87.