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Jerry Lee Lewis

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The arrest of Jerry Lee Lewis:

This Rock 'n Roll Pioneer…

Jerry Lee Lewis

…had huge hits with "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"…

…"Great Balls Of Fire" …

...and "Breathless", to name a few.

He was also involved in a scandal in the wake of his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown, when he was 22 years old.

Jerry Lee Lewis with his wife, who is also his cousin

But Jerry Lee Lewis wasn't arrested for that.

Jerry Lee Lewis giving the middle finger

Instead he was arrested at the gates of Graceland, where Elvis Presley lived.

He knew Presley well. Elvis, Jerry Lee, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins were all part of an impromptu jam session at Sun Records in 1956 that was later called the "Million Dollar Quartet."

But in the early morning hours of November 23, 1976 Jerry Lee showed up at Presley's estate, asking to see the King. He was angry and drunk and a Graceland guard said Lewis was out of his mind, screaming and hollering. So he called the police. Even Elvis himself ran down to the guard booth to find out what was going on.

The matter was dropped, and Jerry Lee called it a tempest in a teapot, saying the security guard over-reacted in calling the police.

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