Jerry Lee Lewis receives a marker on Country Music Trail

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NESBIT, Miss. (WJTV) – Jerry Lee Lewis received a Mississippi Country Music Trail marker Thursday afternoon at his ranch in Nesbit, MS.

“After pioneering the rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly genres with hits that crossed 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 is calling Mississippi home,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “It is an honor to dedicate a Mississippi Country Music Trail marker here on his ranch.”

In addition to Governor Bryant, the marker unveiling ceremony included remarks from GRAMMY® Award-winning musician and Mississippi Country Music Trail Commissioner Marty Stuart, Visit Mississippi Director and Mississippi Country Music Trail President Craig Ray, publicist from Lewis Zach Farnum, DeSoto County Supervisor Michael Lee and Visit Mississippi Tourism Development Office Manager Kamel King.

Lewis began his music career at Natchez, Miss Lewis’ 1956 rock ‘n’ roll classics “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On” and “Great Balls of Fire” both topped the country charts. Beginning in 1968, the singer had a string of country music hits, including “To Make Love Sweeter for You”, “There Must Be More to Love Than This” and “Would You Take Another Chance on Me?” In 1973 the musician established the Lewis Ranch in Nesbit, which is now open for band touring.

The marker is located at 1595 Malone Rd. in Nesbit. It’s the 34 of the trailand marker pen.

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