Linda Gail Lewis is a legendary singer, songwriter, and pianist known for her significant contributions to country music. Born on July 18, 1947, in Ferriday, Louisiana, she is the youngest sister of the iconic rock and roll pianist Jerry Lee Lewis. Her dynamic voice, her virtuosic piano playing, and her ability to blend genres have made her a respected and influential figure.
She faced many challenges over the years, but she has remained true to her passion for music, earning the admiration of her peers and fans alike. Her legacy is one of resilience, talent, and an unwavering dedication to her craft.
During her childhood, she grew up in poverty. However, her father Elmo Lewis’s farming skills ensured that the family had enough to eat. The family was able to live an easy life when Jerry Lee had his early success. It came with hits such as Great Balls of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.
Her first single Break Up the Party was released in 1965, and she followed it up with several more successful singles, including Don’t Take It Out on Me and Heartaches by the Number. She also recorded many more duets with her brother, including Don’t Let Me Cross Over and Jackson.
She made her solo debut with the album The Two Sides Of Linda Gail Lewis. Unfortunately, it failed to make an impact despite some good singing from her.
In the 1970s and 80s
Linda continued to record and tour during the 1970s. She released several singles during this time, including Before The Snow Flies. She also debuted on In Concert, a late-night television series aired on ABC TV with I Wanna Be a Sensuous Woman.
The 1980s marked her return to music after a long hiatus of 10 years. During this period, she was on tours briefly with Jerry Lee before going solo at the age of 39. Linda married Eddie Braddock, who was a former director of Stax promotions.
In the 1990s and 2000s
In the late 1990s, her autobiography titled The Devil, Me, and Jerry Lee was released. It chronicled her musical career in a salacious, philosophical, and funny way. The book also spoke about her fond memories with Jerry Lee. She also recorded a mix of country and rock ‘n’ roll songs for the album Love Makes the Difference.
In the 2000s, Linda continued to tour and record, releasing several albums, including You Win Again and Out of the Shadows. She also collaborated with a variety of artists, including the British band The Firebirds.
A life of challenges
Throughout her career, Linda has remained a respected and influential figure in the music industry. She has been praised for her powerful voice, her dynamic piano playing, and her ability to cross genres, blending rock and roll, country, and blues into a unique sound.
Despite her success, Linda has faced her fair share of challenges. She has struggled with addiction and has been open about her battle with alcoholism. She has also faced criticism for her association with her controversial brother Jerry Lee, who has been accused of multiple scandals over the years.
Despite these challenges, Linda has continued to persevere, relying on her faith and her love of music to carry her through. She remains a beloved figure in the music industry, admired for her talent, her resilience, and her enduring legacy.