On December 4, 1956, the legendary Million Dollar Quartet jam session took place at Sun Studio, Memphis, TN. It was the only occasion in which Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins were in the same studio at the same time. You can purchase a copy of the recording here.
The Killer is at it again! You may have been lucky enough to catch Jerry Lee Lewis perform in the United Kingdom earlier this month, including a sold out show at the London Palladium. JLL has been keeping active since the release of his most recent studio album, Rock & Roll Time. Read about Jerry Lee’s performance in London here, and check out his website for other upcoming tour dates.
Today marked the 12th anniversary of Sam Phillips passing. To celebrate his life, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville will have an exhibit showcasing the genius of Sam, which opens August 28th. Find out more information about the exhibit on the Hall of Fame’s website. He left us on July 30, 2003 but his influence on the music industry will be remembered forever.
Peter Guralnick, the music biographer and author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock n’ Roll, has released the cover of his book, due out in November. He spoke with Entertainment Weekly this month to shed some light on the biography he’s been working on for 25 years. To read the interview and get a glimpse into what Entertainment Weekly calls Guralnick’s crown jewel of biographies, head over to ew.com.
Jack White was interviewed by Billboard Magazine’s Joe Levy in the March 10th edition of the music industry publication. Pick up a copy or click here to read the discussion in detail, where White describes the comeback of vinyl records, preserving music, and Jack’s recent acquisition of what many consider the holy grail of rock & roll: Elvis Presley’s first ever recording.
“Utilizing the actual unrestored audio as it currently exists on the sole original copy of “My Happiness” b/w “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” Third Man will make a limited facsimile, 10-inch 78rpm disc available on April 18, 2015. From reproducing the typewritten labels (printed on the reverse of extra Prisonaires labels that happened to be laying around Sun Records in July 1953) to being packaged in a plain, nondescript, of-the-era sleeve, the utmost attention to detail has been paid in order to create an object so close to the historic original as to almost be indistinguishable from one other.
Later this year, Third Man will release a widely available 7-inch 45rpm featuring newly restored versions of the two songs. Working from a transfer done by industry expert Alan Stoker at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the audio will be as clean as modern technology can make it without losing the feeling and soul that makes these two songs both haunting and breath-taking.” -Third Man Records
Listen to a clip of “My Happiness” and get a glimpse of this spinning piece of American musical history in this video and view images of the artwork below:
Last month was big for the Killer. On September 23, he released his first studio album on his new label, Vanguard Records. The album is filled with a variety of recordings, both original and covers, from various catalogs including Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd and even Johnny Cash.
In addition to the new studio album, Lewis also released a compilation of B-sides which were tracked at Phillips Recordings during the ’70s. Knox Phillips, son of Sun Studio founder Sam, produced the sessions. Purchase the album here.
He also has a new biography out this month. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, written by Rick Bragg, offers a third person account of Lewis’ life. It covers “the making of Lewis’ biggest hits, and addresses the many controversies that have surrounded Lewis’ life, from his numerous marriages to his feuds with other rockers.” (Rolling Stone)
Jerry Lee also made some live appearances, including one on Late Night with David Letterman where he sat in with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra.
You can purchase his album and/or book from Vanguard Records.
Cash’s first LP released on the Sun label is now available in the vinyl format. Originally released in 1957, With His Hot & Blue Guitar is Johnny Cash’s first full-length album released. It features hits like “I Walk The Line” and “Folsom City Blues,” and is pressed on high quality black vinyl.
With His Hot & Blue Guitar is also available on CD in Cracker Barrel stores across the United States.
The Johnny Cash Museum has a new exhibit, The Legends of Sun Records, which will run for 18 months. The exhibit features artifacts that highlight Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and drummer W.S. Holland. Visit the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville at 119 3rd Ave South or on Facebook. Read more about the new exhibit and read the official press release here.
This past Saturday marked a huge anniversary in the history of rock music. The same day 60 years ago was the day Elvis Presley recorded his first hit, “That’s All Right,” at Sun Studio. Many music historians attribute this as the birth of Rock & Roll. It is undeniable that this recording started a whirlwind in the music and entertainment community, as Elvis’ own version of Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s blues song tore up the charts and found its way into the ears of millions.
You can celebrate the 60th Anniversary of That’s All Right with our officially licensed t-shirt. The design pays homage to Elvis’ true jaw dropping live presence, and his cutting edge sound.