Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash: A Night to Remember!
December 8, 2015 – Burton Cummings Theatre
Ticket prices start at $29.50 (plus fees)
WINNIPEG, MB: On December 4, 1956 an event occurred that was musically historic beyond comprehension. “A Night to Remember!” pays tribute to this amazing night of music in Memphis where, in Sam Phillips’ Sun Studio, music legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins jammed and recorded together. Re-live the music of these historic artists at The Burton Cummings Theatre on December 8, 2015. Tickets go on-sale Friday, June 19 at 10:00 am with prices starting at $29.50 (plus fees).
Carl 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, brought in his latest acquisition; singer and piano man extraordinaire Jerry Lee Lewis, still unknown outside Memphis, to play piano on the Perkins session.
Sometime in the early afternoon, Elvis Presley, dropped in to pay a casual visit accompanied by a girlfriend, Marilyn Evans. He was, at the time, the biggest name in show business, having hit the top of the singles charts five times, and topping the album charts twice in the preceding 12-month period. After chatting with Phillips in the control room, Presley listened to the playback of Perkins’ session, which he pronounced to be good. Then he went out into the studio and sometime later the jam session began.
At some point during the session, Sun artist Johnny Cash, who had recently enjoyed a few hits on the country charts, popped in. Cowboy Jack Clement was engineering that day and remembers saying to himself “I think I’d be remiss not to record this” and so he did and the rest is history. After running through a number of songs, Elvis and girlfriend Evans slipped out as Jerry Lee pounded away on the piano. Cash claims that “no one wanted to follow Jerry Lee, not even Elvis.”
During the session Phillips spotted an opportunity for some publicity and called a local newspaper, the Memphis Press-Scimitar. Bob Johnson, the newspaper’s entertainment editor, came over to the studios accompanied by a UPI representative named Leo Soroca and a photographer. The following day, an article, written by Johnson about the session, was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar under the title “Million Dollar Quartet”. The article contained the now-famous photograph of Presley seated at the piano surrounded by Lewis, Perkins and Cash.
Audiences of Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash: A Night to Remember! will get the feeling they’re witness to a rock and roll royalty jam session with the music and talent that has stood the test of time. Music fans of all ages will enjoy 90 minutes of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950’s rock and roll – all performed by a group of professional, highly skilled musicians that will thoroughly entertain and impress.