So just what brought on this religious debate? Phillips was trying to convince Lewis to record this song:
Lewis thought the phrase "Balls of Fire" had something to do with Hell, and figured the whole song must be blasphemous. Eventually he was persuaded that the expression had many different...
...connotations. "Great Balls of Fire" turned out to be Lewis' biggest hit, and remains his signature song to this very day.
I'm not sure what was on his shoulder, but this extended family member is still around, too.