Jerry Lee Lewis The peak: One of the most exciting rockers of the 1950s, with a dazzling stage presence and manic energy, he recorded hits such as "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire." The crisis: He married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown. Almost overnight he was blacklisted by DJs across the country. The comeback: He slowly worked his way back through the late 1960s and '70s, but his career really got a boost when a biopic was made about his life in 1989. He recorded all his old hits for the soundtrack to "Great Balls of Fire" and in the process permanently secured his performance career.
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