Johnny Cash was born on February 26, 1932. Although so much could be (and has been) written about his life and contributions to music, I want to focus instead on one day of his life, December 4, 1956. On this date, Johnny Cash stopped by Sun Records Recording Studio, reportedly to watch rockabilly legend Carl Perkins record. By chance, two other musicians also decided to drop into the studio that day, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. After talking for a while, the four ended up starting an improvised jam session that covered about forty-five songs. Luckily for music lovers, someone in the recording room recognized the rarity of these great musicians playing together and hit the record button. Although the sound quality of what resulted is not spectacular, each man’s love for their own and each other’s craft comes through in the wide range of song styles they cover and the fun you can hear them having with each tune. The following day, a newspaper carried a piece on the impromptu session entitled “The Million Dollar Quartet”, which is the name this arguably first ever “supergroup” is called today. Unfortunately, none of the recordings can be found at blip.fm, but here is a YouTube video of “Farther Along” featuring Cash lead vocals:
The complete session can be purchased on Amazon.com or iTunes.
Yesterday’s George Harrison Birthday Blip referenced The Traveling Wilburys, the “supergroup” Harrison formed made up of himself, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynn, and Roy Orbison. With these two groups of music legends in mind, my question to the lunchbreak readers is this: what group of musicians, living or dead, would you like to hear perform together?
To listen to some Johnny Cash in honor of his 79th birthday, stop by http://blip.fm/PeetieWheatstraw .