Jerry Lee Lewis' Seven Marriages and the Controversy Surrounding Them


International Scandal

By 1957, Lewis had two marriages under his belt - until he decided to marry Myra Gale Brown, his own cousin. Although their marriage license stated that Brown was 20 years old, she was actually only 13 at the time. As soon as the news broke, everything went downhill.

Image source: Getty Images

Image source: Getty Images

Scheduled to start a tour of the United Kingdom, the outcry caused the musician to quickly cancel the tour. And upon returning to the States, Jerry didn’t receive a warm welcome there either. Radio stations boycotted the singer’s songs, and Lewis wasn’t lining up live performances like he used to.

First Wife - Dorothy Barton

In an interview, Jerry Lee opened up about his first marriage. He met his first wife Dorothy Barton in Dec 1951 and they married on 21st Feb 1952.  Just a year later they were divorced.

erry Lee Lewis performs on stage in London | Getty Images / Global Image Ukraine

erry Lee Lewis performs on stage in London | Getty Images / Global Image Ukraine

"I was 14 when I first got married. My wife was too old for me; she was 17," Jerry explained. "Then I met Jane Mitcham."

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