Mickey Gilley, Jimmy Swaggart and Jerry Lee Lewis

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 8, 2007

Q Is it true Mickey Gilley, the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart and Jerry Lee Lewis are cousins? Have they ever recorded together?
—Ed Will, Marion, Ill.

Yes, they are cousins. The country crooner, the televangelist and the rock 'n' roll wild man grew up together in Ferriday, La. (pop. 3,723), where Swaggart's grandmother was the sister of Gilley's mom and Lewis' dad. Other than informally gathering around the piano a few times, none of them can recall ever recording or performing together publicly.