What was the number one song in the UK on 10th January 1958?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

American singer and pianist, Jerry Lee Lewis was number one for 2 weeks (what?! Only 2 weeks!) with Great Balls of Fire.

I believe the word “classic” can confidently be applied to this quintessential 50’s rock ‘n’ roll tune. At 1 minute and 49 seconds long, it is a quick burst of pure rock ‘n’ roll energy. “You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain” must be one of the most well known opening lines of a song in history. It’s a classic for sure and for good reason. Now, *that’s* what I call music.

Wikipedia

“Great Balls of Fire” is a 1957 popular 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. The song sold one million copies in its first 10 days of release in the United States and sold over five million copies, making it both one of the best-selling singles in the United States, as well as one of the world’s best-selling singles of all time.

Lyrics

“You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain
Too much love drives a man insane
You broke my will, oh what a thrill
Goodness gracious great balls of fire
I learned to love all of Hollywood money
You came along and you moved me honey
I changed my mind, looking fine
Goodness gracious great balls of fire
You kissed me baby, woo, it feels good
Hold me baby, learn to let me love you like a lover should
You’re fine, so kind
I’m a nervous world that your mine mine mine mine
I cut my nails and I twiddle my thumbs
I’m really nervous but it sure is fun
Come on baby, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious great balls of fire
Well kiss me baby, woo-oooooo, it feels good
Hold me baby
I want to love you like a lover should
You’re fine, so kind
I got this world that you’re mine mine mine mine
I cut my nails and I twiddle my thumbs
I’m real nervous ’cause it sure is fun
Come on baby, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious great balls of fire”

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