Breathless

Gerry Temple, Otis Blackwell, Glyn Johns

About Breathless

"Breathless" is a song composed by Otis Blackwell and was the third record by Jerry Lee Lewis, whose version was released in February 1958 (see 1958 in music) on Sun Records. It spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #7 in April 1958. The song also reached #4 on the country chart, #3 on the R&B chart, and #8 in the UK. The B-side, "Down the Line", also charted in 1958, reaching no. 51 on the Billboard pop singles chart. The song was re-released in 1979 as part of the Sun Records Golden Treasure Series as Sun #25 and on the Quality label in Canada in 1958. The song was also featured in the 1983 film Breathless starring Richard Gere and Valerie Kaprisky as well as the Jerry Lee Lewis song "High School Confidential". 


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Now, if you love me
Honey please don't tease
If I can hold you baby
Let me squeeze
My heart goes 'round and 'round
My heart comes tumblin' down
You leave me breathless

Now I shake all over and
You know why
I'm sure it's love baby
That's no lie
'Cause when you call my name
You know I burn like wood inflamed
You leave me breathless

Oh, baby, mm crazy
You're much too much
 I can't love you enough
It's all right to hold me tight
But when you love me
Love me right

Oh, come on, baby and
Don't be shy
This love was meant for you and I
Wind, rain, sleet or snow
I'm gonna be wherever you go
You have leave me breathless

Ohhh baby, ooh
That's crazy
You're much to much
I can't love you enough
It's alright to hold me tight
if you gonna lova me, lova me right

Well, come on, baby and
Don't be shy
Love was meant for you and I
Wind, rain, sleet or snow
I'm going to be wherever you go
You leave me breathless

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Otis Blackwell

Otis Blackwell (February 16, 1931 – May 6, 2002) was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist, whose work significantly influenced rock and roll. His compositions include Little Willie John's "Fever", Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and "Breathless", Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel", "All Shook Up" and "Return to Sender" (with Winfield Scott), and Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man". He should not be confused with another songwriter and producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell. more »

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Written by: Otis Blackwell

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9 facts about this song

Composition and Release
"Breathless" was written by Otis Blackwell, an African American songwriter and producer popular during the 1950s and 60s. Jerry Lee Lewis, often known as "The Killer", recorded the song.
Record Label
"Breathless" was released under the label "Sun Records," one of the most influential independent labels in the history of music. The label is known for contributing significantly to the development of rock and roll and country music.
Date of Release
The song was released on February 20, 1958. It quickly gained popularity and became one of Jerry Lee Lewis's signature songs.
Chart Performance
It reached No.7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts, No. 4 on the country charts, and was a top three hit on the R&B charts.
Film Appearance
"Breathless" also appeared in the 1983 film "Breathless" featuring Richard Gere where it played a significant role in driving the film's narrative.
Style and Theme
The song is a classic representation of Jerry Lee Lewis's iconic style of rock and roll and boogie piano, and it is characterized by its freneticism and dynamic energy.
Influence and Legacy
Not just a hit among listeners, "Breathless" also inspired musicians like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. It highlighted Jerry Lee Lewis's reputation as a rock and roll pioneer.
Live Performances
Jerry Lee Lewis often included "Breathless" in his live performances even years after its release, further solidifying the song's status as one of his enduring hits.
Cover Versions
Several artists have covered "Breathless", including Aerosmith and Tom Jones. Each cover version has given a new dimension to the song while still respecting its original spirit.

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