âThe Killerâ won another honor Thursday, as rock’n’roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis received a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail outside his home in Nesbit.
Lewis, who suffered a minor stroke in March, made his first public appearance since being hospitalized at ceremonies held at his home. The event included appearances by many local civic officials and fellow musicians, including Marty Stuart, country star and Mississippi native; Stuart’s wife and singer, Connie Smith; and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant.
Lewis, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, moved to his Nesbit ranch in 1973.
âAfter pioneering the rock’n’roll and rockabilly genres with hits that hit the country music charts, Jerry Lee decided to move to Nesbit to settle down, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that the music legend calls Mississippi home, “said Bryant.” It is an honor to dedicate a Mississippi Country Music Trail marker here at his ranch. “
Lewis – who appeared with his wife, Judith, and son Jerry Lee Lewis III – joined Stuart, singing on an acoustic rendition of “Touching Home,” the title track from his 1971 album for Mercury Records.
Hailed as one of the rock pioneers at Sun Records in the 1950s, Lewis embarked on an incredibly successful second career as a country hitmaker from the late 1960s. Songs like “To Make Love Sweeter for You”, “There must be more love than that”, “She even woke me up to say goodbye” and “What made Milwaukee famous (made me a loser)” would all become smashes for Lewis, among 30 of his songs to reach the top 10 country.
Founded in 2010, the Mississippi Country Music Trail recognizes the state’s contributions to country music and follows a similar program established for the state’s Blues Trail.
The Lewis Ranch marker is the 34th trail site added to the appeal of major country music stops in the state. The Lewis Ranch, located at 1595 Malone Road, is open for tours by appointment at thelewisranch.com.