Country Throwback: George Strait Nails Jerry Lee Lewis ‘Great Balls of Fire’ Tribute in 2017

by Keeli Parkey

Great balls of fire! George Strait, “the King of Country,” turned in a performance during 2017 that would have made “The Killer” proud.

That year, Strait joined other well-known performers in honoring Jerry Lee Lewis as part of a Skyville Live tribute. Strait took the stage to perform “Great Balls of Fire,” which is probably Lewis’ most popular song and a track beloved by so many. And, even though he didn’t sit behind a piano to perform the song as Lewis would have done, Strait still rocked the venue and brought the audience to its feet.

Like Lewis, Strait brings charm and charisma to any performance. That comes through in his take on “Great Balls of Fire.” The country music legend clearly enjoys adapting the classic song to his style. He adds a flair that only George Strait can. The result is a fun, very energetic rendition of a beloved track.

Watch George Strait perform “Great Balls of Fire” in 2017 below.

Lewis released “Great Balls of Fire” in 1957. Unsurprisingly, the high tempo love song quickly became a classic and has sold millions of copies.

Jerry Lee Lewis turned 85 years old in September. He was on the rise in 1957 with the release of “Great Balls of Fire” before his controversial marriage to his 13-year-old cousin brought his career to a halt. Later, “The Killer” would bounce back and find success in country music. The song, “Another Place, Another Time” made him successful again.

Compare Strait’s rendition of the song to Jerry Lee Lewis and see which you like best.

In addition to Strait’s performance of “Great Balls of Fire,” other artists took the stage in 2017 in tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis. Also honoring “The Killer” were Kris Kristofferson, Chris Stapleton, Toby Keith, Lee Ann Womack and Waylon Payne. Photos from the event are available here.

George Strait Toasts to a ‘Happy and Healthy’ New Year

George Strait joined pretty much everyone else in bidding farewell to a rough 2020 and hoping that 2021 will be a better year. He shared his sentiments via Instagram on New Year’s Eve.

“Who has a bottle of @codigo1530 for New Years Eve? Let’s all toast to a happy and healthy 2021! #hastalacruz,” Strait posted. The text accompanied a photo of the country music legend standing next to a white horse.

George Strait co-founded the Código tequila brand. He has a limited-edition extra-añejo tequila called the George Strait Origen. It is the brand’s first barrel select, Origen. It was hand-selected by him while he was filming the music video for “Código” at the distillery in Amatitán, Mexico, according to the brand’s official site.

Want to see more country throwback performances from George Strait? has you covered. Check out Strait’s performance of “Are the Good Times Really Over” with Merle Haggard from 2013, “Fool Hearted Memory” with Jason Aldean from 2014, “Troubadour” with Alan Jackson from 2016, or his duet with his grandson on “God & Country Music.