Jerry Lee Lewis is 85! Elton John, Willie Nelson, Bill Clinton will headline his birthday bash

Matthew Leimkuehler, Nashville Tennessean
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Rock 'n' roll legends, country music hitmakers and a U.S. president will celebrate "The Killer" Jerry Lee Lewis at a virtual birthday bash set for later this month.

Elton John, Willie Nelson, former President Bill Clinton, Joe Walsh, Tom Jones and Bonnie Raitt top a bill paying tribute Lewis, the 1950s rock pioneer who turned 85 on Sept. 29.

The online show, called "Whole Lotta Celebratin' Goin' On: 85 Years of the Killer," takes place Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. ET at or via Lewis' Facebook and YouTube pages.

The show marks the first time in 40 years that Lewis plans to be in the same room with his famous cousins, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart and country singer Mickey Gilley, a news release says.

John Stamos hosts the birthday celebration, which benefits World Vision, a Christian nonprofit group self-described as combating poverty and injustice.

Jerry Lee Lewis performs at Stagecoach music festival in Indio, California, in 2017.
Jerry Lee Lewis performs at Stagecoach music festival in Indio, California, in 2017.

Additional performers include Lee Ann Womack, ZZ Top's Billy F Gibbons, Chris Janson, Jacob Tolliver, James Burton, Jerry Phillips, Linda Gail Lewis, Lindsay Ell, Marty Stuart, The Beach Boys' Mike Love, Priscilla Presley and Wink Martindale, as well as Lewis’ road band members Kenny Lovelace, Ray Gann and Kenny Aronoff.

Lineup additions will be announced in the coming weeks.

Lewis, known for formative rock 'n' roll classics such as "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire," joins Don Everly of the Everly Brothers as the two living members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's inaugural 1986 class.

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