Memphis road named after rocker Jerry Lee Lewis

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphians can now Shake, Rattle and Roll along the Jerry Lee Lewis highway.  Friday, Tennessee acknowledged Lewis' contributions to rock and roll by renaming a road after him.

State Representative Curry Todd sponsored the legislation that will rename part of Getwell Road as the Jerry Lee Lewis Highway.

"The stretch from...240 all the way to the Mississippi line," Todd said.

Lewis was gracious as he accepted the honor.

"It's a great honor and a great privilege to have a highway named after you," he said.

Lewis attended a dedication ceremony Friday while fans from a nearby nursing home cheered him on.

"I want to thank you very much for coming out tonight, especially all you folks in the wheel chairs. I know that's gotta be a drag," Lewis laughed.

Lewis said the state's recognition of his career ranks alongside being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.  

"That's been awhile back," he said. "They seem to have forgotten about that. They won't forget about this highway when they go down the road looking at it."

Lewis, who turns 75 in September, is a long way from the High School Hop, and the state wanted him to have this honor before he reaches the end of the road.    

He is scheduled to perform at the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival on Saturday night.

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