Remember Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Great Balls of Fire’?

It was a good day in Memphis.

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Sixty years ago, history was made at Sun Recording Studio on the famed Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jerry Lee Lewis, “Rock n’ Roll’s First Wild Man,” recorded “Great Balls Of Fire” at the legendary spot.

The song, written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer, was featured in the 1957 rock n’ roll movie Jamboree.

The Jerry Lee Lewis 1957 recording was ranked as the 96th greatest song ever by Rolling Stone magazine. It is one of the best-selling singles in the United States, as well as one of the world’s best-selling singles of all time.

Lewis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and his contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the first class inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

In June 1989, Lewis was honored with a star along Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The singer’s first big hit was “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”

The musician is also well known for his controversial marriage to his marriage to his 13-year-old first cousin once removed when he was 23 years old. It derailed his career for awhile.

In 1968 Lewis made a transition into country music and had hits with songs such as “Another Place, Another Time.”

This reignited his career, and throughout the late 1960s and 1970s he topped the country-western charts; throughout his seven-decade career, Lewis has had 30 songs reach the top 10 on the “Billboard Country and Western Chart.”

His Number One country hits included “To Make Love Sweeter for You,” “There Must Be More to Love Than This,” “Would You Take Another Chance on Me,” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”

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“Great Balls of Fire”

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

I laughed at love ’cause I thought it was funny
You came along and moved me honey
I’ve changed my mind, your love is fine
Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire

Kiss me baby, woo feels good
Hold me baby, well I want to love you like a lover should
You’re fine, so kind
I want to tell the world that you’re mine, mine, mine, mine

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