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Million Dollar Quartet – Dec. 4 1956

The Million Dollar Quartet is the name given to recordings made on Tuesday December 4, 1956 in the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The recordings were of an impromptu jam session between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. The jam session seems to have happened by pure chance. Perkins, who by this time had already met success with “Blue Suede Shoes,” had come into the studios that day, accompanied by his brothers Clayton and Jay and by drummer W.S. Holland, their aim being to cut some new material, including a revamped version of an old blues song, “Matchbox.” Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records, who wished to try to fatten this sparse rockabilly instrumentation, had brought in his latest acquisition, singer and piano man extraordinaire, Jerry Lee Lewis, still unknown outside Memphis, to play the piano on the Perkins session.

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Greatest — Johnny Cash

The 50’s, as they go down in musical history, have been marked by a revolution in the record business which has brought to the public attention an unprecendented number of new artists. Now that we’re looking toward the 60’s, it’s plain that only a few of these overnight sensations have endured, and Sun Records is justifiably proud that one of their discoveries, Johnny Cash, has earned an abiding place in the hearts of the music lovers of the United States and the entire world.

Call it personality – style – indivduality – whatever you choose, that quality which endears a performer to his public is an asset which cannot be duplicated. Johnny Cash’s personality pervades each selection on this album. The listener senses his warmth, his sincerity, his humor, and most of all his sense of loneliness – which perhaps is his strongest bond with the man or woman who pauses to listen to his singing.

Included  in the selections on this LP are numbers which have soared high in the nations’s popularity charts as single releases: “Katy, Too” and “Luther’s Boogie,” to mention just a couple. Also found here are three tunes penned by another Great of the music world, Hank Williams. “You Win Again”, “Hey Good Lookin’”, and “I Could Never Be Ashamed of You” represent the best of Hank Williams, the writer, and Johnny Cash, the artist.

Johnny Cash, just a few years ago an Arkansas farmboy, has matured to an entertainment figure with the magic to endear his personality to his fans. His records, his frequest TV appearances, and his road tours are nringing him increasingly closer to his fans. Audences like not only his singing and playing- they like him as a person. They trust him and they sense that Johnny is their friend.

It is for these loyal followers that Sun Records presents “GREATEST — JOHNNY CASH”

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