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In 1957, Lewis became a star with his unique piano-driven sound.
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" became a hit on the pop, country and R&B charts.
The following March, Lewis struck again with "Breathless," which made into the Top 10 of the pop charts.
Behind the scenes, however, some of Lewis's life choices would soon put a damper on his career.
Even when Lewis returned to the States, he found that he got a less-than-warm welcome home.
By this time, Lewis had also developed some of his famous stage antics, such as playing standing up and even lighting the occasional piano on fire.
He had such energy and enthusiasm in his performances that he earned the nickname "The Killer" for the way he knocked out his audiences. His next single, "Great Balls of Fire," proved to be another big hit in December 1957.
He performed the song in the film by the same name starring Mamie Van Doren and Russ Tamblyn.
In the 1960s, Lewis returned to the music of his youth.
Lewis wowed the crowd gathered for the opening of a local car dealership with his piano prowess.