In 1975, rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis released the song “Great Balls of Fire” under Sun Records. The song was also featured in the film Jamboree that year and quickly became a huge hit. Even after his passing, it remains one of the most popular songs of Jerry Lee Lewis.
Written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer, “Great Balls of Fire” became Lewis’s most significant single. It climbed to the number 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and landed the number one spot on the Hot Country Singles charts. Lewis made the song a massive hit using his earth-rattling talent, especially his impressive rockabilly voice.
In the first ten days of its release, the song sold 10 million copies in the United States alone. Due to that, the hit track became one of its generation’s best-selling songs.
As for what the song means, it’s all about the presence of love and lust in a person. “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis captures how love and lust can shake bones, make souls howl, and even destroy and renew the world.
The song also made a tremendous impact on popular culture. The Lewis Biopic, released in 1989, was named after the song. It showed the pros and cons of an artist’s career and personal life. It touched on his creative success and even romances that were considered by many as odd and questionable.
The song also inspired the iconic World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Ric Flair. He started his famous catchphrase “Wooo!” after hearing the song’s refrain in 1974.
Of course, the song’s most famous pop culture influence is from the 1986 mega-hit movie Top Gun. In the film, the main characters, Maverick (Tom Cruise) and Goose (Anthony Edwards), play the song in what eventually became one of the movie’s most iconic scenes. Decades later, in the film’s 2022 sequel, Rooster (Miles Teller), Goose’s son, plays an authentic live performance of the song in the movie.
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