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Former Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis, now Myra Lewis Williams, to Host Book Signing at Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Million Dollar Quartet Showing

BANNER ELK, N.C. — Few are left to tell the tale of the Million Dollar Quartet phenomena, but the woman formerly known as Myra Gale Brown knew them all–Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.

When Myra was 12 years old, her father, J. W. Brown, became aware that his musically gifted cousin, Jerry Lee, was struggling to break into the music business. J. W., a bass player himself, drove from his home in Memphis to Mississippi to bring Jerry Lee back to Sun Records for what would become his big break into the music business.

Jerry Lee moved in with the Brown family, and he and a young Myra got caught up in the tidal wave of the birth of rock-and-roll. The year after the “Million Dollar Quartet” recording–at the age of 13–Myra would become Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis.

Today, the now Myra Lewis Williams lives in a quiet suburb of Atlanta with her husband and dogs, sells real estate, and has published a collection of anecdotal stories about her life and place amidst rock ‘n’ roll history.

Mrs. Williams will be signing copies of her book, “The Spark That Survived”, at each performance of Million Dollar Quartet. In addition to the book signing, a talk-back is also scheduled with her on Saturday, July 15 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. For more information, email Janet Speer at speerj@lmc.edu.  

Million Dollar Quartet, a two-hour long family-friendly show, will take place July 12 until the 15 at 7 p.m. as well as July 13, 15 and 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at lmc.edu/summertheatre and at the box office.