All original Sun sleeves issued in generic brown. Only three Sun singles released in picture sleeves: Sun 281 ''Great Balls Of Fire'' b/w ''You Win Again'' by Jerry Lee Lewis (1957); Sun 295 ''Guess Things Happen That Way'' b/w ''Come In Stranger'' by Johnny Cash (1958); Sun 296 ''High School Confidential'' b/w ''Fools Like Me'' by Jerry Lee Lewis (1958). All other Sun picture sleeves are counterfeits.

Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
"GREAT BALLS OF FIRE" - B.M.I. - 1:50
Composer: - Jack Hammer-Otis Blackwell
Publisher: - Unichappell Music
Matrix number: - U 277 - Master
Recorded: - October 8, 1957
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 3, 1957
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 281-A mono
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE / YOU WIN AGAIN
Reissued: - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803 DI-1-5 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3
 
Reached number 2 on the Billboard's Pop charts; number 3 on the Rhythm and Blues charts.
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal and Piano
Roland Janes - Guitar
Billy Riley - Bass
J.M. Van Eaton - Drums
 
New York publisher, Paul Case, gave Jack Hammer's irresistible title to Otis Blackwell, who came up with an entirely new discourse. After agreeing to cut the song, Jerry Lee initially wrestled with his conscience over the tone of the lyrics. The deliberation was worth it because many highlights resulted, particularly his demarcating piano solo that shamelessly hocks the bass riff from Little Richard's "Lucille".
 
"Great Balls Of Fire" was no song Jerry had plucked from his reliquary, though; nor was it dashed off in one or two takes. It was a conscious attempt to produce a hit record for the lucrative teen market, which Jerry Lee had just shown he was capable of penetrating.  
 
The song had been pitched first to Carl Perkins then Lewis as part of a deal in which they would appear in the movie "Jamboree". Then, in a move wholly untypical of Sam Phillips, he decided to forego the publishing on the flip side as well.
Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
"YOU WIN AGAIN" - B.M.I. - 2:54
Composer: - Hank Williams
Publisher: - Acuff Rose Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 276 - Overdubbed Master
Recorded: - September 5, 1957
Overdubbed October 8, 1957
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - November 3, 1957
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 281-B mono
YOU WIN AGAIN / GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
Reissued: - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803 DI-1-6 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3
 
Reached number 95 on the Billboard's Pop charts.
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal and Piano
Roland Janes - Guitar
Billy Riley - Bass
J.M. Van Eaton - Drums
 
Jerry actually recorded ''You Win Again'' at two 1957 Sun sessions; initially he taped three inappropriate fast takes, and then a few weeks later cut the more well-known slower version. The fast takes stayed in the can for over a quarter of a century, with the first of these being issued on ''The Sun Years'' box-set in 1984, while the slower cut (with a tasteful male vocal group overdub) was issued as the B-side to ''Great Balls Of Fire'' (in the United Kingdom it was even issued as an A-side in it’s own right but sadly sold poorly). The 1963 re-cut reinstates the final verse that Jerry didn’t sing on the Sun single, and the fuller backing (including girly singers & strings) perfectly suits the material. 
 
Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
"GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY" - B.M.I. - 1:47
Composer:  - Jack Clement
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 304 - Overdubbed Master
Recorded: - April 9, 1958
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 1958
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 295-A mono
GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY / COME IN STRANGER
Reissued: - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803 DI-2-9 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments )
Johnny Cash - Vocal and Guitar
Luther Perkins - Guitar
Marshall Grant - Bass
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Jimmy Wilson - Piano
 
Overdubbed Session May 1958
Edwin Bruce, Sara Bruce, Nita Smith,
Lee Holt, Vocal Harmony
 
This was a landmark record for Johnny Cash. It was also his last major hit for Sun Records, although the releases kept coming for quite some time. SUN 295 was a brilliant two-sided release. On "Guess Things Happen That Way", Jack Clement provided Cash with a potent piece of material, and a clever arrangement. Its even possible to forgive most of the postsession sweetening. The chorus is less strident here. For once, it also has a more 'masculine' sound, which may have contributed to the overall effect. It still seems gratuitous for anyone to have to soften Luther's single note guitar runs by singing over them, but the net effect was a massive hit for Cash, in both the pop and country fields.
Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two
"COME IN STRANGER" - B.M.I. - 1:38
Composer: - Johnny Cash
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 305
Recorded: - April 9, 1958
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - April 1958
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 295-B mono
COME IN STRANGER / GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY
Reissued: - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803 DI-2-10 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments )
Johnny Cash - Vocal and Guitar
Luther Perkins - Guitar
Marshall Grant - Bass
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Jimmy Wilson - Piano
 
If there were any hard feelings among the purists, they were more than assuaged by this flipside "Come In Stranger". Johnny Cash is at his minimalist best here. Despite its seemingly happy subject matter, this still manages to retain a dark, brooding feel that has not been diluted by unnecessary instrumental or vocal work. The sound of the original Tennessee Two has been fleshed out by a piano and drum but, beyond that, Jack Clement knew enough to keep his hands off things. Or maybe he was shrewd enough to to produce any competition for the air play that would otherwise accrue to his composition on the flipside. At only 1:38 in length, "Come In Stranger" was likely to please Sun and Cash fans, but not dilute the commercial success of Jack Clement's composer/producer work.
 
Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
"HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL" - B.M.I. - 2:27
Composer: - Jerry Lee Lewis-Ron Hargrave
Publisher: - Penron Music
Matrix number: - U 306 - Master
Recorded: - February/March 1958
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 1958
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 296-A mono
HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL / FOOLS LIKE ME
Reissued: - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803 DI-2-11 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments )
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal and Piano
Roland Janes - Guitar
Billy Riley - Bass
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Unknown - Second Guitar
 
His classic 5th single, and the title track from the movie of the same name which features Jerry and his band performing the song over the opening and closing credits. Although it was 25 years before we knew it, Sam Phillips spliced the ending from a different take onto the original release (the unspliced take was finally issued on ''The Sun Years'' box-set in 1983). Like several of his hits, this song was re-cut both for 1963’s ''Golden Hits'' and the 1989 (recorded 1988) ''Great Balls Of Fire''! movie soundtrack album. Incidentally there’s also an instrumental version of the song on ''The Session'' from 1973, but this does NOT feature Jerry Lee Lewis.
 
SUN 296 reached at number 21 on the Billboard's Pop charts; at number 5 on Billboard's Rhythm and Blues chart, and number 9 on the Billboard's Country and Western charts.
 
Until the ill-fated bioflick "Great Balls Of Fire" hit the big screen in the early 1990s, this was Jerry Lee's closest flirtation with Hollywood. In retrospect, all it did was saddle him with a contrived piece of material and an association with a slapdash exploitation film that did about as much for his career as for Mamie Van Doren's. "High School Confidential" was written by Ron Hargrave, with Jerry Lee cut in for half by his manager, but neither of them could manage the trick of actually including the title in the song.
Jerry Lee Lewis & His Pumping Piano
"FOOLS LIKE ME" - B.M.I. - 2:50
Composer: - Jack Clement-Pee Wee Maddux
Publisher: - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 307 - Master
Recorded: - Mid-March 1958
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - May 1958
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 78/45rpm standard single SUN 296-B mono
FOOLS LIKE ME / HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
Reissued: - 1996 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15803 DI-2-12 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 3
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal and Piano
Roland Janes - Guitar
Billy Riley - Bass
James M. Van Eaton - Drums
Unknown - Second Guitar
 
Overdubbed
Roy Orbison - Vocal and Clapping
Jack Clement - Vocal and Clapping
Roland Janes – Vocal and Clapping
 
This flipside of SUN 296, "Fools Like Me", it was the second time Jerry Lee Lewis had revealed his country leanings to the rockers who supported his hit records. His first country outing on Sun ("You Win Again" on the B-side of "Great Balls Of Fire") had shown his ability to interpret a classic Hank Williams tune. Here, the pianist offers a solid reading of a Pee Wee Maddux tune written especially for Jerry Lee Lewis, one on which Jack Clement had managed to cut himself in for half. This was hardly a throwaway outing. Considerable time went into the arrangement and recording. Even an unusually restrained chorus (consisting of Roy Orbison, Roland Janes and Jack Clement) was overdubbed for release. Billboard observed that SUN 296 was "strong stuff for all markets". In retrospect, it was the country flipside that did more to solidify Jerry Lee's career and point to the market that would extend him a lifetime welcome.


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