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The Million Dollar Quartet} weren't a group in any normal sense, but were initially more of a photo opportunity and then a freewheeling after-hours jam session between Elvis Presley}, Carl Perkins}, Jerry Lee Lewis}, and Johnny Cash} that took place at Sam Phillips}' Sun Studios} in Memphis on December 4, 1956. It was formally a Carl Perkins} session, with Jerry Lee Lewis} sitting in as the piano player. At some point Presley} and Cash} stopped by to observe, and Phillips}, recognizing a photo op when he saw one, called a local news photographer, who snapped a photograph of the four musicians gathered around a piano.

The picture ran the next day in the Memphis Press-Scimitar} with the caption "The Million Dollar Quartet." The Perkins} session morphed into an impromptu jam after the photographer left, and Phillips} fortunately kept the tape running as the four musicians ran through some 40 songs ranging from gospel} spirituals} and country }standards to covers of Bill Monroe} and Chuck Berry} songs (or in other words, most of the ingredients that went into the creation of rock & roll}). There is some debate as to whether Cash} was actually there for the jam (he claims he was in his autobiography), and most of the singing is Presley}'s, but the joyous spontaneity and the fly-on-the-wall feel of the occasion makes these tapes fascinating listening.

The first bootlegs of the session appeared in 1980, with Charly Records} officially releasing a 17-song set in 1981. More tapes were subsequently found (in all, three reels have been located to date) and Charly} issued a double-LP set with 41 tracks from the session in 1987. The caption from the publicity photo, the Million Dollar Quartet}, has stood the test of time and is now forever linked to these four musicians and to one of the most famous jam sessions in the history of pop} music. ~ Steve Leggett, All Music Guide

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