In 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis Was Arrested Drunk, Waving Gun At Graceland

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Jerry Lee Lewis relaxing in his hotel suite in London, 25th April 1972. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)

Outlaw, piano player, gun owner, belter of "Great Balls of Fire" and "Breathless," Jerry Lee Lewis was a complicated man. But even complicated, deeply strange pianists just want to see their friends. In the wee hours of November 23, 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis was booked on public drunkenness and carrying a loaded firearm outside of Elvis Presley’s gated home, Graceland. Rumors have persisted that the singer was there to assassinate Elvis, but Lewis claims that he was only there to see his friend and that he’d just had too much to drink. How did two members of the Sun Records million dollar quartet come to be at odds with one another? Were they even at odds? Maybe Jerry Lee Lewis ramming his car into the gates of Graceland with a loaded gun on his dashboard was all a misunderstanding. We’ve all been there, right?