Published on Apr 10, 2012
From '' Renée ''
Label: CNR -- 660.025
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: May 1978
A1 Alligator Boogie
A2 Great Balls Of Fire
A3 Memphis Tennessee
A4 In The Mood
A5 Roll Over Beethoven
A6 Heartbreak Hotel
A7 Wipe Out
B1 Sweet Nothin's
B2 Yellow Jacket
B3 No Particular Place To Go
B4 Let There Be Drums
B5 A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
B6 Walk Don't Run
B7 What I'd Say
"Great Balls of Fire" is a 1957 song recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis on Sun Records and featured in the 1957 movie Jamboree. It was written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer. The Jerry Lee Lewis 1957 recording was ranked as the 96th greatest song ever by Rolling Stone. The song is in AABA form.
Jerry Lee Lewis recording
The song is best known for Jerry Lee Lewis's original recording, 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, appeared on the New Zealand Singles Chart, and the 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 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.
Monty Python references the song's title in the "World Forum" sketch, a fake game show, as heard on the live album Monty Python Live at City Center. Terry Gilliam, portraying Mao Zedong, says the song title as the only correct answer the "distinguished panel" offers in the early rounds. The song was used for the New York City audience in place of "Sing, Little Birdie," which was the song title used in the original sketch.
Levi Kreis, portraying Jerry Lee Lewis, sang "Great Balls of Fire" in the Broadway musical "Million Dollar Quartet," which opened in New York in April, 2010; and Kreis covered the song on the "Million Dollar Quartet" original Broadway cast recording (copyright 2010 by MDQ Merchandising, LLC). Levi Kreis won a 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in "Million Dollar Quartet."
The Crickets released their version of the song in 1960 on their album, "In Style With The Crickets."
Gary Lewis and the Playboys released a cover of this song in 1970 as the B-Side to the song "I'm On The Right Road Now."
New Grass Revival recorded a high-speed bluegrass version of the song on their 1972 album The Arrival of the New Grass Revival.
Electric Light Orchestra recorded a version for their 1974 The Night the Light Went on (in Long Beach) live album.
Dolly Parton recorded a version in 1979.
Amii Stewart recorded a version on her 1981 album Images.
Alvin and the Chipmunks recorded a version for "The Amazing Chipmunks," a 1988 episode of their TV series.
OV7, originally called "La Onda Vaselina" made a version in Spanish called "Grandes luces de fuego" in 1989.
Fleetwood Mac, included the track on the 1999 release of the Shrine '69 live album which was recorded at the Shrine Auditorium in 1969
The Misfits recorded a version in 2003 for their Project 1950 album.
Teitur recorded a version in 2006, released on the Stay Under the Stars album.
The French singer Dorothée recorded a duet with Jerry Lee Lewis in 1992, released on the Une histoire d'amour album.
Offenbach included the song on the live DVD of the album Ultime (2007).
Dean Delannoit, record the song for his debut album (2007).
Tiny Tim recorded a version as the b-side to "Tiptoe Through the Tulips."
American Doo Wop band The Flamingos recorded a version on their album "Unspoken Emotions."
Johnny Winter, recorded a version on the album "Johnny Winter And.... Live."
Seamus, a stereotyped pirate from the animated show "Family Guy," performed the song in a church organist audition as seen on the episode "Boys Do Cry" (season 5).
A version of the song served as the theme song for the Madballs animated series.
Mae West did a version on the album titled with the same name Great Balls of Fire.
The Jolly Boys covered this song for the Old Jamaica Ginger Beer advert in 2010 and is also on their album Great Expectation.
Top Gun "Goose" and "Maverick" perform this song while Goose plays the piano.
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