Jerry Lee Lewis marries Myra Gale Brown (1957) The "Great Balls of Fire" hellraiser ruined his career for a good while when he got hitched to his 13-year-old cousin, causing huge controversy about a custom that perhaps was not so uncommon in the history of rural communities. Lewis himself had no problems telling the world about his marriage, but radio stations stopped playing his records, and lucrative club bookings vanished. It took nearly a decade and a switch to country music to reestablish him as a record seller. Lewis appeared in a tribute segment at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
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