“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.” — Elvis Presley, Grammy Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter —
The Million Dollar Quartet — the supergroup consisting of American musical icons Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash — performed together at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee for the first (and last) time 63 years ago today. What began as a simple visit by chart-topping RCA artist Elvis Presley to his old stomping grounds at Sun Studio became a spontaneous jam session, with Jerry Lee Lewis playing the piano as the band ran through their countless hits. The recordings of this seminal moment in the history of rock and roll would not be released for 25 years, finally hitting record store shelves in 1981. Despite only performing together one time, the once-in-a-lifetime meeting of these four superstars has left an indelible impact on pop culture, providing the inspiration for the Tony Award-winning Broadway play “Million Dollar Quartet”, a jukebox musical that dramatized the events of the historic December 4, 1956 gathering at Sun Studio.