Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley in 1956.

“The Killer” Jerry Lee Lewis turned 80 on Sept. 29, and he will be celebrating his birthday during a special live performance in Beaumont at the Julie Rogers Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $100-$25 and can be purchased in advance at the Beaumont Civic Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Lewis, who was born in Ferriday, Louisiana, recorded his first record in 1956 at the famed Sun Records. “Crazy Arms” sold more than 300,000 copies. Later that year during a jam session at Sun Records, he hooked up with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, and producer Sam Phillips recorded the session, which went on to be called The Million Dollar Quartet.

Other classic Lewis hits are “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Breathless” and many more. The Killer is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is a cousin to fellow musician Mickey Gilley and former television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart.

In 1989, his life was brought to the forefront in the movie Great Balls of Fire starring Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis.

Also performing will be Jake Rowley & The Payola Kings. Rowley, from Nederland, recently portrayed Elvis in the National Broadway Touring production The Million Dollar Quartet. Rowley exudes the same raw passion and energy that Elvis had on his way to that historic meeting with Jerry Lee Lewis in 1956.

The Julie Rogers Theatre is at 765 Pearl St. in downtown Beaumont. For more information, view discoverbeaumont.com or call (409) 838-3435.

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