Lee Lewis, 87, of North Beach, died Saturday

Jerry Lee Lewis, original wild man of rock ‘n’ roll, dies at 87 The rocker and fellow Texan died Saturday, Aug. 31, outside his North Beach pad along with his wife of 49 years,…

Lee Lewis, 87, of North Beach, died Saturday

Jerry Lee Lewis, original wild man of rock ‘n’ roll, dies at 87

The rocker and fellow Texan died Saturday, Aug. 31, outside his North Beach pad along with his wife of 49 years, Dorothy, and his daughter, Tia Lewis. He was 87.

Lee Lewis was not one for a quiet retirement.

He was constantly busy. As a child who loved to play guitar, Lee was in the music business since he was a year old when he and his dad, Ray “Chico” Lewis, opened a store on Hollywood Boulevard called the Famous Western Union.

Lewis formed his first band at age 8, the Lewis Brothers Band, with brother Tom (who passed away in 2011, at 67) and his brother Bill (the bass player and singer for the band, “Oingo Boingo”).

Lewis, the sixth of seven siblings, was always ambitious.

“I always had to be the leader,” the former Texan rocker, who toured with Ike and Tina Turner, James Brown and Ike & Tina’s band, said in a 2012 interview by the Associated Press. “I wanted me and my band to have some kind of status, but we couldn’t.”

But it was to be a life of a prodigal son, one of the young and restless.

“When I was in seventh grade, I joined up with my brothers to play a dance contest at an elementary school,” he said. “I won the contest and was given a scholarship to go to a school for musicians in Austin. The next year, we traveled all across the country and played every night on the streets until we were driven home.”

Born in Austin in 1938, Lewis studied classical music and voice and worked as an amateur drummer in the late ’50s. He then decided to move to Los Angeles, where his father owned a small record store.

“I went around the West Coast, played with musicians

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