Tuesday, July 02, 2024

Record #0719: High School Confidential / Fools Like Me – JERRY LEE LEWIS

Sun 296 (original) USA, 20. May 1958
Words & Music by:  Side ARon Hargrave; Side BJack Clement, Murphy Maddux
Musicians: Jerry Lee Lewis (piano and vocals), Roland Janes (guitar, backing vocals on side B), Billy Lee Riley or Jay W. Brown (bass), James Van Eaton (drums), Roy Orbison, Jack Clement (backing vocals on side B)
Recording sessions: Produced by Sam Phillips and Jack Clement at the Sun Studio, Memphis, TN; Side A on 21./23. April 1958; Side B on 20. April 1958
Highest chart positions:  US #21, US Country #9, US R&B #5, Canada #13, UK #12

Some sources claim that side A was recorded on 14. February 1958. They are partially right as the version for the movieHigh School Confidential” was recorded on that day. The record version was done in April, though.

Roy Orbison joined the flip side to sing backing vocals.

Sun records wasn’t big on making picture sleeves for 7” records. They made those only for three releases, this being the last one. The other two were Jerry Lee’s “Great Balls of Fire” and Johnny Cash’s “Guess Things Happen That Way”.

List price:  Very Good+ is $15, Near Mint is $30; picture sleeve VG+ is $40, NM is $80


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