Jerry Lee Lewis marries again at 76, keeps it close to home


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Jerry Lee Lewis has married for a seventh time, and we encourage you to get a pencil and paper and keep notes before reading the rest of this post.

The 76-year-old rock-’n’-roller on March 9 married Judith Brown, his caregiver, in Natchez, Miss., CNN reports -- and that’s where the easy part ends.


You see, Judith Brown is the ex-wife of Rusty Brown, Lewis’ second cousin. And Rusty Brown would be the brother of Myra Gale Brown, the minor-cousin-once-removed whom Lewis married in 1957.

The 14-year age difference between Lewis and Brown is actually more than the 10-year gap that existed between Lewis and Myra Gale Brown, but then again, Brown was only 13 when they wed, while Lewis was a piano-pummeling 23 getting hitched for the third time.

Publicity from that whole marrying-a-minor-who’s-also-a-relative incident -- oops -- dealt a crippling blow to the career of the ‘Great Balls of Fire’ singer. Those two divorced after 13 years.

Lewis and his sixth wife, who were married for 20 years, divorced in 2004.


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— Christie D’Zurilla
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Photo: Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis in 2009. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times