JERRY LEE LEWISAlso known as “The Killer,” Lewis is a native of Ferriday, Louisiana.
Came to Memphis in the 1950s to record for Sun Studios.
In 1997, founding chairman of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission. Pace Award for Leadership in Ethics, from the Ethics Resource Center. First chairman of the ethics committee of the board of governors of United Way of America.
Recipient of the Corporate Citizenship Award, presented by the Committee for Economic Development. Honorary life chairman and former national chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
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Named to ’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2004, and in 2005 received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys. Resides in Nesbit, Mississippi, in a ranch house with a piano-shaped pool.WILLIE HERENTONAn embarrassing four-to-one loser in his underfunded and erratically pursued challenge to 9th District congressman Steve Cohen in the 2010 Democratic primary, Herenton, now 71, seems finally to have accepted that his legendary political career, beginning in 1991 when the former city schools superintendent became Memphis’ first elected black mayor and continuing through four successive reelections, is over. “PITT” HYDEAs president of Malone and Hyde in 1968 and CEO in 1972, he was the youngest CEO listed on the New York Stock Exchange for a decade.What to do next has preoccupied Herenton, who has at various times indicated he is writing his memoirs; he has also considered a new career as talk show host and has made a few trial appearances in that role on local radio. Founded Auto Zone in 1979, one of three Fortune 500 companies with its headquarters in Memphis.Mainly he seems to have resigned himself to the role of elder statesman and is a fixture at occasions like the 2011 commencement address by President Barack Obama at Herenton’s alma mater, Booker T. After a successful career in business and following his retirement in 1997, Hyde, 69, has become one of the leading philanthropists in the city.He and his wife, Barbara, are active in civic affairs and key supporters of education reform in both the district and at the state level.