The song that will forever be linked to the piano-pounding shenanigans of Jerry Lee Lewis was actually written by country pianist Roy Hall (under the pseudonym of Sunny David) and a black musician named Dave Williams. Hall, who had recorded earlier for Fortune and as a backing musician in Webb Pierce's band, was the first to record the song for Decca in 1955. In August of that same year, the song was covered for the R&B market by Big Maybelle on OKeh. Both of these versions are drastically different from the version that entered into rock & roll and pop culture history in 1957. Jerry Lee Lewis took a mere fragment of the song, recast it into a relentless, pounding boogie rhythm, and imbued the finished product with a leering sexuality that was unmistakable on first listen. Jerry Lee's original Sun single differs from all other cover versions -- and Lewis' own re-recordings of it -- by virtue of its rhythm. Propelled by Sun session drummer J.M. Van Eaton, the track totters precariously between a straight shuffle and a modified swing rhythm, constantly shifting beats throughout the performance. With no bass player (only Jerry Lee's left hand on the piano), Roland Janes' guitar fills in the middle, and the rest of the track simply simmers in tape echo. Almost nigh to perfect as a record and as a performance, this is another record that time has turned into the accepted arrangement on how to approach this song, no matter what its origins may have been.