Pneumonia hospitalizes singer Lewis

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 17, 2001

The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Rock ‘n’ roll singer Jerry Lee Lewis has been hospitalized with a recurring bout of pneumonia, his father-in-law Bob McCarver said.

Lewis, 65, checked into Methodist Healthcare-Central just after midnight Friday. He is said to be recovering in good spirits.

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McCarver said Lewis, of Nesbit, Miss., was in Memphis about a month ago to be treated for pneumonia.

”He’s fine. He’s got a little touch of pneumonia, and they are going to keep an eye on him for a day or two,” McCarver said. ”He’s got some wheezing problems but other than that, he’s all right. He’s had this type of thing before.”

Lewis is known for such hits as ”Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On” and ”Great Balls of Fire.” He was among the first group of performers to be named to the International Rock and Roll Museum in 1986.

He was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in April.