A Sydney school boy has gone viral for his electrifying performance of a 1950s rock and roll hit that’s been viewed 23 million times – and counting!
Year 12 student Robbie Hunt, from exclusive St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill, has won a legion of fans after belting out “Great Balls of Fire” in the school music department “for a bit of a lark” ten days ago.
Speaking exclusively with Mosman Collective, the 18-year-old said he is overwhelmed by the reaction to his TikTok post, which has gained more than five million “likes” and 48,000 comments.
“It’s mad,” he said, “I didn’t ever expect the post to blow up the way it has.”
Robbie Hunt (right) is a Boarder at prestigious St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill. Image: Mosman Collective.
Robbie said he filmed the video during a break from his HSC studies.
The weekly Boarder, wearing a blue school shirt and a blue and cerise school tie, can be seen sitting at a keyboard, with a USB attached to a lanyard around his neck.
The 13-second clip shows Robbie singing the first verse of the Jerry Lee Lewis classic, recently made famous again thanks to the Top Gun sequel.
Robbie has attended St Josephs College, Hunters Hill since Year 7.
“I hadn’t heard the song before, and after seeing the movie, I thought I’d learn how to play it,” he said, “the reaction from people has been crazy but very cool.”
Robbie’s Mum, Alexandra, said her boy has sung from an early age, but she has “no idea” where his incredible talent comes from.
“He’s always been into music, but nobody in the family anticipated this would happen from Robbie’s TikTok account,” she said.
“Robbie started it as a lark and a distraction to everything that’s happened this year.”
The Hunt family, photographed in happier times, before the death of Robbie’s dad Jason. Image: Mosman Collective.
In April, Robbie’s father Jason died suddenly and unexpectedly while walking on Maroubra beach.
“Our entire family is still grieving the loss of Jason, but he would be so proud of his boy,” Alexandra said.
“Robbie knows his father is watching over him.”