Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis was one of the original wild-man firebrands of rock & roll, but his career cratered in 1958 after he married his 13-year-old cousin. A decade spent howling in the commercial wilderness reduced Lewis to his lowest ebb, but it also turned him into a semi-tragic character who could convincingly sing twangy barroom weepers. So Lewis embraced his honkytonk side, and 1968’s "Another Place, Another Time" returned him to country’s Top 10 for the first time since 1957. More country hits followed over the next decade, nearly two-dozen Top 10s in all, and the best of them was “What’s Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)” – a mournful song that the younger, swaggering Lewis probably could not have pulled off. — D.M.