The year was 1957, and the world was very different, yet the music that Jerry Lee Lewis performed at the time is still relevant today. Jerry Lee Lewis’ signature tune, ‘Great Balls of Fire,’ became one of the biggest hits of his career. Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer wrote the song, which perfectly fit Lewis’ incendiary style.
Jerry Lee Lewis was born into a religious household, and the innuendo-filled lyrics of ‘Great Balls of Fire’ conflicted him. However, he overcame his reservations and recorded the song; the rest is history. In this remastered 4K performance version, the piano chords ignite the stage as Lewis’ hands dance across the keys, sending the audience into a frenzy.
The song was so successful that it hit the top five in Pop, R&B, and Country charts simultaneously with ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.’ Both hit No. 1 on the Country charts. Although it sold fewer copies than its predecessor, the song still charted higher, with five million copies sold.
Lewis’ performance is electrifying in this 4K remastered version of ‘Great Balls of Fire. According to one YouTube commenter, the crowd erupts into applause as he takes off his jacket mid-performance, earning him an extra 100 excellent points. The audience’s positive reaction is palpable, and the energy in the room is almost tangible.
Jerry Lee Lewis ‘Great Balls of Fire’ peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached No. 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart, while in the Netherlands, it cracked the top 30, and in New Zealand, it made the top 10, landing at No. 8 on the N.Z. charts.
As the piano chords fade away, the audience’s cheers continue. It’s clear that Jerry Lee Lewis profoundly impacted the music industry, and his legacy lives on through the remastered version of his performance of ‘Great Balls of Fire.’
Jerry Lee Lewis’ breakout hit ‘Great Balls of Fire’ is a timeless classic that continues to ignite stages worldwide, even in remastered 4K glory. The audience’s positive reactions, Lewis’ electrifying performance, and the song’s historical significance make this performance a must-watch. Share this video with friends and family because everyone needs a little ‘Great Balls of Fire’ in their lives.