Carl Perkins, of “Blue Suede Shoes” fame, was in the Sun Records studio recording some new material. Accompanying him on piano was a young, energetic and still unknown Jerry Lee Lewis.
Johnny Cash, who’d had a recent hit on Sun with “I Walk the Line,” dropped in to hear Perkins. So did a young former Sun recording artist who was by then a star on RCA Records: Elvis Presley.
As often happens when musicians get together around instruments and equipment, they held an impromptu jam session. Sun Records owner Sam Phillips left a tape running and recorded the session. Then he called a reporter from the Memphis Press-Scimitar and had him come to the studio with a photographer.
In the next day’s paper, the headline for the story and accompanying photo of the four musicians read “Million Dollar Quartet.”
Half-a-century later, that session would morph into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical with the same title. And, if you missed it during it's New York City Broadway run -- IT'S TOURING THE COUNTRY. And you know what I'm going to say, right??
YES, INDEED -- I was lucky enough to see it for myself. And it was totally, 100% AMAZING...
|Elvis was such a talented singer -- and Johnny Cash -- are you kidding me??|
|But the guy who stole the show was Jerry Lee Lewis!!|
|John Countryman played the role of Jerry Lee Lewis -- and his piano playing was SPECTACULAR!!|
|I went with my niece Amy and her gifted musician son, Cale. It was a spur of the moment decision (we bought our tickets right before the show). And we had the BEST TIME...|
|The Adler Theater -- has been beautifully restored to it's Art Deco glory...|
|It is right next to the stunning Blackhawk Hotel.|
|Of course, they are always selling the souvenir t-shirts. I DID manage to resist that..(barely).|
So that's my best advice. Anybody invites you anyplace -- JUST DO IT.
And -- hey -- right now, the Million Dollar Quartet is touring all over the country. Here's the website -- do yourself a favor -- GO BUY A TICKET...