Million Dollar Quartet: Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins And Jerry Lee In '56


The biggest jam session in Memphis

L-R Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley (sitting), Johnny Cash - The Million Dollar Quartet - group shot at Sun Studios (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

On December 4, 1956, "The Million Dollar Quartet" existed briefly when chance brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The label mates took part in an impromptu jam session that yielded between 17 and 40 songs, depending on how you define "song," as many of the surviving tracks are snippets. They weren't there to cut an album, they didn't call themselves the Million Dollar Quartet, and they played more old country and gospel than rock 'n roll. It was just a jam session, arguably the most famous in history.