MusicWorld: The Holy Grail of Rock n Roll

Sun Studios – 1956

the shot to the icon image

Carl Perkins is cutting some sides with a session player named Jerry Lee Lewis.

Elvis in on RCA and in 1956 his sales accounted for 50% of their profit.

He drops in with a girl on his arm and takes over

Johnny and Elvis and marilyn

Johnny Cash is in the photos so he was there, his voice eludes on tape however and Marion Kesker uses the phrase “this Rover Boy Trio”

Sam Phillips Elvis and Marion Kesker

Marion is who really discovered Elvis. She recorded his first demo attempt and badgers Sam until he called Elvis in.

Sam and Elvis 3 Sam and Elvis same and elvis 2

Anyway – here is the holy grail of rock n roll that was found in the tapes that passed with the ownership of Sun Records and Sam Phillips Recording. Interestingly, a copy was in Elvis’ bedroom closet, along with the recording of his Tupelo show and the only recorded interview of his parents that survived.

Elvis dec 4 1956

I managed to collect parts of it on various bootlegs until the official releases caught up with the bootleggers and the complete session, minus some Perkins band instrument rehearsals has been released.

The session is mostly gospel. So much for the satan theory.

They fool around with Brown Eyed Handsome Man many times and Elvis impersonates Bill Monroe uncannily.

This is my fave track:


In The Million Dollar Quartet: Jerry Lee, Carl, Elvis & Johnny Hardcover by Stephen Miller published in 2013 still doesn’t quite shed light and time dims memories.

Elvis showed up and Sam at some point, called the Memphis press to get shots and he got his newest signee into the photos the tape was rolled off and on, reels had to be changed the hubbub is evident on the recording


I remember reading about how Elvis would do gospel to warm up for sessions and I can’t help but wonder why RCA was cheap on tape and time. They should have just let his creative process run recorded.


Listening to the complete masters and hearing the routine rock n rolled tunes, then the saucy Santa Bring my Baby Back, then Don’t and then Santa Clause is back in town.


You understand why his 50s concerts were compared to revival camps and orgies.






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