|November 1 will mark the 46th anniversary of the CMA Awards, a longtime tradition recognizing the best performers in the country music industry. But long before Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney or Taylor Swift there was Jerry Lee Lewis—currently listed among the Top 50 All Time Billboard country artists—and country music legend and the “Original Urban Cowboy,” Mickey Gilley.
Curiously, few people are aware of the fact that Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley are not only first cousins, but related to another famous first cousin: gospel singer and televangelist Jimmy Swaggart—three cousins inseparably bonded through music; each rose to fame, their stories legendary.
Now, for the first time, readers are invited to an eye-opening look inside their private lives in the enthralling new biography Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley by J.D. Davis (Brown Books Publishing Group 2012).
“Unconquered tells the fascinating story of three men growing up in the Mississippi Delta—and how they overcame hardships to become the amazingly talented men we know today,” says Cowboy Jack Clement, songwriter and recording studio pioneer. “God, the devil, and everything in between. This book is a great representation of the duality plane on which we exist,” adds Leon Russell, legendary musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member.
Through extensive research, Davis weaves a unique tale of American music set against the backdrop of the Depression-era American South. He delves into the background story of these three extraordinary cousins, born within a twelve-month span of each other in the small town of Ferriday, Louisiana. Was it something in the water? The cousins were fated for entirely different destinies even as their lives remain intertwined.
Jerry Lee Lewis - the Killer - went on to become one of the earliest performers of rock 'n' roll, alongside Elvis Presley, and is among the original class to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jimmy Swaggart—the Preacher—became one of the most successful gospel singers and televangelists of all time. Mickey Gilley, the youngest—the Cowboy—has had seventeen number one hits and was part owner of the renowned Gilley’s, the world’s largest honky-tonk.
"This is a good read, and not just for the hard-core fan. It will appeal to anyone interested in the dynamics of rock 'n' roll, country music, and evangelical Christianity, " says Library Journal.
Davis recreates the irresistible and life-changing power of music that surrounded the cousins as boys and shaped their engagingly distinct paths to fame. “I realized there was a fascinating story to be told,” says author J. D. Davis. “While much has been written about each of them—particularly about Jerry Lee Lewis—I found that no one had ever integrated their stories. The way their lives interlock really is a compelling story, and I feel privileged to have been able to tell it.”
To learn more please visit: www.UnconqueredTheBook.com