Johnny Cash with Elvis

Johnny Cash was the fourth member of the now famous  Million Dollar Quartet  Before Walk The Line Johnny Cash was famous for his bass vocals, country music Here’s what Elvis had to say about Johnny Cash.

Million Dollar Quartet, Cash,Perkins,Elvis,LewisThe session pinpoints with unabashed accuracy where rock-n-roll got its energy. It proves that it wasn’t simply something that exploded on an unsuspecting world one day in 1955.

The roots were clearly born and deeply rooted in country & gospel music. As Elvis, Perkins & Lewis mixed their unique styles; each performer’s gifts emerge with the rarest musical qualities.

Elvis Talks about Johnny Cash – Elvis Interview: December 3, 1956

“I never had a better time than yesterday afternoon when I dropped into Sam Phillips’ place… It was what you might call a barrelhouse of fun. Carl Perkins was in a recording session and he had one that’s going to hit as hard as Blue Suede Shoes.” “Johnny Cash dropped in. Jerry Lee Lewis was there too, and then I stopped by…”

Johnny Cash with ElvisElvis headed for the piano and did a Fats Domino impersonation of Blueberry Hill. The joint was really rocking before we got through. Elvis on Jerry Lee.

“That boy can go,” he said. “I think he has a great future ahead of him.” Why does Elvis music still sell? Are his fans re-discovering the multi-faceted singer?

Like many fans, I did not discover Elvis’ gospel music until after his death, when I could not get enough of his music.

Why is 50’s music still so popular with radio stations? In content today’s music and lyrics is angry and aggressive whereas 50’s music talks of hope – a story we all want to hear.

Johnny Cash Died September 12, 2003. He was 71

He was a poor sharecropper’s son from Kingsland, Arkansas, who sang to himself while picking cotton in the fields — then later sang to millions through recordings, concerts and his late 1960s TV variety show. He became a country music statesman who found a home with rap-rock producer Rick Rubin’s American Recordings.

He was called the “Man in Black,” who once sang “I shot a man in Reno/Just to watch him die,” but opened his concerts with the friendly, modest greeting, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”

Cash died of complications from diabetes at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, hospital spokeswoman Nicole Bates said. He had just been released Tuesday after entering the hospital August 28 with an undisclosed stomach ailment. He returned to the hospital Thursday. Cash’s wife of 35 years, June Carter Cash, died May 15.

  • He has recorded more than 1,500 songs and they can be found on about 500 albums, counting only American and European releases.

  • More of his albums (45) remain in print today than most artists ever make.

  • He is the youngest person ever chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the only performer ever selected for the Country and Rock Music Hall of Fame, until 1998, when Elvis Presley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

  • He has placed 48 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop charts, about the same number as the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.  

Hear Elvis doing a Johnny Cash impersonation on stage