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Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire

Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire

Rock and Roll

Jerry Lee Lewis, aka The Killer, was born on September 29, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana. He is a singer, pianist, musician, songwriter, and actor.

Here’s some of the joy in early rock and roll from Jerry Lee Lewis, The Killer from Ferriday, Louisiana. “Great Balls of Fire” was written by R&B great Otis Blackwell (credited as Jack Hammer). Blackwell was a songwriter, singer, and pianist who had a big influence on rock and roll (e.g., “Fever, Breathless,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “All Shook Up,” “Handy Man”). It was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis and was featured in the 1957 movie Jamboree. Besides Lewis, the film starred Dick Clark, Frankie Avalon, Fats Domino, Buddy Knox, Charlie Gracie, Carl Perkins, Slim Whitman, Paul Carr, and Freda Holloway.

The song propelled Lewis into international fame, coming on the heels of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” “Great Balls of Fire” sold one million copies in the first ten days after its release and become one of the world’s best-selling singles of all time. It went to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100, and #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart and the U.K. Singles Chart.

Here are the lyrics to “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis:

“You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain
Too much love drives a man insane
You broke my will, oh what a thrill
Goodness gracious great balls of fire

I learned to love all of Hollywood money
You came along and you moved me honey
I changed my mind, looking fine
Goodness gracious great balls of fire

You kissed me baby, woo, it feels good
Hold me baby, learn to let me love you like a lover should
You’re fine, so kind
I’m a nervous world that your mine mine mine mine

I cut my nails and I twiddle my thumbs
I’m really nervous but it sure is fun
Come on baby, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious great balls of fire

Well kiss me baby, woo-oooooo, it feels good
Hold me baby
I want to love you like a lover should
You’re fine, so kind
I got this world that your mine mine mine mine

I cut my nails and I twiddle my thumbs
I’m real nervous ’cause it sure is fun
Come on baby, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious great balls of fire”

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