High School Confidential

Album: Jerry Lee Lewis (1958)
Charted: 12 21
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Songfacts®:

  • This song about shaking things up at the high school hop had unfortunate timing: it was riding up the charts when news of Lewis' marriage to his 13-year-old second cousin broke out. Upon hearing this, Sun Records canceled distribution of the record to DJs and it stalled at #21 on the charts. The song's sharp decline down the charts is shown in the bio movie Great Balls Of Fire. >>
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    Denny - Pittsburgh, PA
  • This was the title track to a movie in which Lewis appeared. There was a sequel to the movie called College Confidential, which had no theme song and no Lewis.
  • Unlike his previous hits "Crazy Arms" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On,'" Lewis wrote this song himself.

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 30th 1965, Jerry Lee Lewis performed "High School Confidential" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
    Seven years earlier on May 18th, 1958 it entered Billboard's Hot 100 at position #34; and on June 15th it peaked at #21 (for 1 week) and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #5 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart and #9 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...
    The week it entered the Top 100 at #34, it was tied at that position with two other songs, "Let The Bells Keep Ringing" by Paul Anka and "The Walk" by Jimmy McCracklin...
    'The Killer' will celebrate his 79th birthday in three months on September 29th, 2014.
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxJerry also wrote another song himself called the Lewis Boogie.
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