Well, the last surviving member of the 1950's rock and roll explosion is up there in rock and roll heaven now. Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the most colorful and arguably deranged figures of the genre, known as "The Killer", passed away at the age of 87. And while his rock and roll career was almost kyboshed by his marrying his younger cousin in 1958, he came back in the late 1960's with hits on the country charts that nevertheless still found fans on the rock and roll side of the fence, including his blistering 1972 version of "Chantilly Lace", which just missed the Top 40:
"I think honesty is of the first, utmost importance in art... any art. After that comes technique and... after that comes talent. Honesty is first. All the rest of the things are important, too, but they're secondary. Without honesty, I don't care how much technique you have, you have nothing."--Linda Ronstadt
His two huge hits "Whole Lotta Shaking Going On" and "Great Balls of Fire" did not resonate with me but I liked many of his country hits from the late '60s and early '70s. I saw him live during this time and he still had a huge energy.
"South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum." - James L. Pettigru (1789-1863)