1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis performs “Great Balls of Fire”…

Jerry Lee Lewis

1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis performs “Great Balls of Fire” and “Breathless” on American Bandstand.

The song is best known for Jerry Lee Lewis’s rendition, which was recorded in the Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee on October 8, 1957, and released as a 45rpm single on Sun 281 in November 1957. It reached #2 on the Billboard pop charts, #3 on the R&B charts, and #1 on the country charts. It also reached #1 on the UK pop charts, and it also appeared on New Zealand Singles Chart and Dutch Top 40.

The song was featured in a performance by Jerry Lee Lewis and his band in the 1957 Warner Brothers rock and roll film Jamboree, which also featured Carl Perkins, Fats Domino, Buddy Knox, and Dick Clark. The recording was also released in the UK on London Records.

The Jerry Lee Lewis rendition was ranked as the 96th greatest song ever by Rolling Stone.

The song title is derived from a Southern expression, which some Christians consider blasphemous, that refers to the Pentecost’s defining moment when the Holy Spirit manifested itself as “cloven tongues as of fire” and the Apostles spoke in tongues.
[edit] Chart performance
Chart (1957–1958)? Peak
position?
Dutch Singles Chart 30
New Zealand Singles Chart 8
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2

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