Jerry Lee Lewis, the piano-pounding rock ‘n’ roller known as “The Killer,” was honored Monday evening as the Tennessee legislature voted to name a stretch of road in his honor.
A proposal unanimously approved by the House designates a stretch of Getwell Road in Shelby County as the Jerry Lee Lewis Highway. The section runs from the Mississippi state line to Interstate 240.
“It’s not every day you get a street named after you,” said Lewis, known for hits such as “Great Balls of Fire.” ”It’s a great honor.”
A companion bill unanimously passed the Senate earlier this month and now goes to the governor for his consideration. Lydia Lenker, a spokeswoman for Gov. Phil Bredesen, said the governor will review the legislation once it reaches his desk.