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December 4, 1956


Memphis, Tennessee (JFK+50) An impromptu gospel jam session was hosted today at the Sun Records recording studio here in Memphis.

The studio, operated by Sam Phillips*, is located at 760 Union Avenue.

The jam session involved 4 up & coming recording stars: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins & Elvis Presley.

Johnny Cash’s recent hits include ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ ‘I Walk the Line,’ Jerry Lee Lewis will release ‘Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On’ next month, Carl Perkins is famous for ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ & Elvis Presley’s 1st hit was ‘That’s All Right Mama.’

The session was recorded by Sun Records engineer, Jack Clement.**

*Sam Phillips (1923-2003) was born near Florence, Alabama.  He opened his recording studio in Memphis on Jan 3,  1950.

Phillips recorded differing music styles including rock n roll & the blues.

He sold Elvis Presley’s contract to RCA in 1955 for $35,000.

**A photo was made & published the following day in the Memphis Press-Scimitar.   The caption with the picture read “Million Dollar Quartet”.

The recording tape made by Clement was not discovered & released until 1981.


Sun Recording Studio, Memphis, TN, Photo by Egghead06, 2007




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