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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 29th, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
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Musician B.B. Cunningham shot to death

MEMPHIS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- B.B. Cunningham Jr., who play with Jerry Lee Lewis' band for years, was shot to death along with a 16-year-old boy Sunday in Memphis, police said.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.
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'Million Dollar Quartet' to close June 24

'Million Dollar Quartet' to close June 24

NEW YORK, May 25 (UPI) -- The musical "Million Dollar Quartet" is to close June 24 after 900 performances on Broadway and at New World Stages, the show's producers announced.
Jerry Lee Lewis marries for seventh time

Jerry Lee Lewis marries for seventh time

LOS ANGELES, March 30 (UPI) -- A publicist for Jerry Lee Lewis says the 76-year-old music icon has married his seventh wife in Natchez, Miss.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.
By United Press International

History to air 'Cajun Pawn Stars'

ALEXANDRIA, La., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Television's History channel says it is planning to air a "Pawn Stars" spin-off set at a pawn shop in Alexandria, La.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.
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Cowboy Jack Clement to appear in 'Quartet'

Cowboy Jack Clement to appear in 'Quartet'

NEW YORK, April 4 (UPI) -- Songwriter and record producer Cowboy Jack Clement is to appear in "Million Dollar Quartet" for one night, the Broadway musical's producers said Monday.
'Million Dollar Quartet' to open in London

'Million Dollar Quartet' to open in London

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The musical "Million Dollar Quartet" is to open in London in February, the show's producers announced Friday.
Jerry Lee Lewis penning memoir

Jerry Lee Lewis penning memoir

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis is writing a memoir to be published in 2012 by It Books, the imprint of HarperCollins Publishers announced Tuesday.

Jerry Lee Lewis, 74, still killin' songs

NESBIT, Miss., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Jerry Lee Lewis, the 74 years young U.S. singer known as "The Killer" in his heyday, has cut a second album of covers with some of biggest stars of rock today.
Lewis to appear in B'way's 'Quartet'

Lewis to appear in B'way's 'Quartet'

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Rock 'n' roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis is to appear in a performance of the hit Broadway show "Million Dollar Quartet," the musical's producers said Wednesday.
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Singer Jerry Lee Lewis gives a rare instore performance at FYE record store in New York to promote his album "Last Man Standing" on September 26, 2006. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American rock and roll and country music singer and pianist. An early pioneer of rock and roll music, his career faltered after Lewis married his young cousin, and he afterwards made a transition to country music.

Lewis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and his pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In 2008 He was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him number 24 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2003, they listed his box set All Killer, No Filler: The Anthology number 242 on their list of "500 greatest albums of all time".

Lewis was born to the poor family of Elmo and Mamie Lewis in Ferriday in Concordia Parish in eastern Louisiana, and began playing piano in his youth with two cousins, Mickey Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart. His parents mortgaged their farm to buy him a piano. Influenced by a piano-playing older cousin, Carl McVoy (who later recorded with Bill Black 's Combo), the radio, and the sounds from the black juke joint across the tracks, Haney's Big House, Lewis created his style from black artists who were unable to play to white audiences, mixing rhythm and blues, boogie-woogie, gospel, and country music, as well as ideas from established "country boogie" pianists like recording artists Moon Mullican and Merrill Moore. Soon he was playing professionally.

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