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Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos


Piano Grand!
A Smithsonian Celebration

Photo of Lewis  by Robert Smith

Jerry Lee Lewis

Elton John called him the "greatest piano player ever." Dubbed an "American Wildman," Jerry Lee Lewis has sold more than 25,000,000 records and was one of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame's first inductees. Not bad for a guy whose parents had to mortgage the house in order to buy him a $280.00 upright piano at age 11. Since then, Lewis has burned up the ivories as a self-taught pianist. Claiming to never play the same piece, the same way, twice, Lewis is famous for such hits as Great Balls of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On! In the words of rocker Bruce Springsteen, "This man doesn't play rock n' roll, he is rock n' roll."

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Piano 300
American History
National Museum of American History