GREAT BALLS OF FIRE

Latest update on 10/11/2016

Artist: Jerry Lee Lewis
Author: Jack Hammer/Otis Blackwell
Label: Sun
Year: 1957

In film Jamboree. N°1 UK, n°2 US. Jerry Lee was afraid of the consequences using Pentacostal apocalyptical imagery right in the middle of the Bible Belt. Don't forget Jimmy Swaggert is his full nephew. Hear the studio discussion between Jerry and Sam Phillips right before Great Balls Of Fire got cut and saved up for Lewis' Sun box set, also literally transcribed in Colin Scott & Martin Hawkins' Sun Records book (Omnibus Press): "How can the devil save souls? Man I've got the devil in me. If I didn't I'd be a Christian."

Covers:

1957:

Georgia Gibbs [in England released before Jerry Lee's version]

1960:

Conway Twitty

1960:

Crickets

1961:

Pirates [as Tu Mets Le Feu]

1963:

Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas

1969:

Tiny Tim

1969:

Sha Na Na

1969:

Hassles [with Billy Joel]

1974:

Electric Light Orchestra

1976:

Black Oak Arkansas

1979:

Dolly Parton [so what; even Mae West cut it]

1994:

Joe Ely & Sue Foley

1999:

Vicious Pink [mixed with 8.15 To Nowhere]

2011:

Chris Isaak

2012:

Brian Setzer

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