In a small, nondescript building located in the 400 block of DeSiard Street, was a dance/pool hall named Blackie’s Club, located above the People’s Clothing store. One of the biggest names in music, Jerry Lee Lewis, appeared for one night in October, 1959. Legend says “The Killer” set his piano on fire as part of the act and you can still see the burned beam.
Why would Jerry Lee play such a small club? By this time he had some of his biggest hits. It was all because of a scandal that broke out the year before. To quote one of my favorite songs, “…when a rebel took a little child bride…”
Jerry Lee Lewis performed many time in Monroe, before and since the above appearance.