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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Great Balls of Fire - sex with the innocent

We hear much of how in the 60's 70's and 80's it was the "culture" to have men hitting on adolescents for sex. Having lived through those times with adolescent children of my own, it was something NOT accepted in the circles I moved in. I will not accept that lame excuse to explain the actions of Saville, Hall and their ilk. THEY were out of order, feeding off the silliness and innocence of young people seeking attention.

I point out the story of Gerry Lee Lewis, whose English tour finished his career. That was the culture at the time. Sex with adolescents was NOT accepted in society.

Marriage to a minor

Lewis's turbulent personal life was hidden from the public until a May 1958 British tour where Ray Berry, a news agency reporter at London's Heathrow Airport (the only journalist present), learned about Lewis's third wife, Myra Gale Brown. She was Lewis's first cousin once removed and was only 13 years old at the time. (Brown, Lewis, and his management all insisted that she was 15.) Lewis was 22 years old. The publicity caused an uproar and the tour was cancelled after only three concerts.
The scandal followed Lewis home to the US, and as a result, he was blacklisted from radio and almost vanished from the music scene.