Jerry Lee Lewis marries cousin’s ex-wife in seventh marriage

By Daniel S Levine,

Rock and Roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, 76, married for the seventh time this week. His new wife is actually the ex-wife of one of his cousins.

Representative Maureen O’Connor confirmed to CNN that “The Killer,” as he is known, married Judith Brown on March 9. The two married in Natchez, Mississippi.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Judith, 62, who worked as Lewis’ caretaker at his Mississippi home, never planned on falling in love and that she did not marry for money. “To the people that think there’s never going to be someone out there for them to love, just wait until they’re in their 60s and 70s...It’s better than ever,” she said.

Judith confirmed that the wedding was small with her sister and husband and Lewis’ sister and her husband as the only guests.

Lewis’ new bride was married to Rusty Brown, one of his cousins. Lewis’ first marriage was to Rusty’s sister, Myra Gale. Reuters notes that, when the two married in 1957, it caused a scandal that derailed the pianist’s career. He was 23-years-old and she was just 13 at the time.

Lewis was last married to Kerrie McCarver for 20 years, divorcing in 2004, notes Spinner. They had one child together.

Spinner also reports that Rusty spoke to the Enquirer, claiming that Lewis and Judith began seeing each other while they were still married. "The crazy thing is that Jerry never liked Judith, and she used to say Jerry was dirty and that he stunk...But once she got the smell of his money, things changed,” he told the paper.

Lewis is best remembered for his hits, “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” He has a memoir scheduled for release in 2013. His last studio album was 2006's Last Man Standing, a collection of duets.



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