The Million Dollar Quartet is the name given to recordings made on December 4, 1956 in the Sun Record Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. The recordings were of an impromptu jam session between Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.
To be published in August, "The Million Dollar Quartet: Jerry Lee, Carl, Elvis & Johnny" by Stephen Miller details the early lives and careers of the quartet to where they were in 1956. Relevant social and economic factors which meant that a massive audience of young people were keenly looking for a new kind of music they could call their own.
Also covered are the "reunions" of surviving members of the quartet, the emergence of the tapes - first on bootleg and then legitimate CDs - and the genesis of the stage show and its reception. This music has enduring appeal. The author Stephen Miller has had a lifelong interest in popular music in general and country music in particular and has already published biographies of Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson.
ISBN-13: 9781780385143. Publisher: Omnibus Press. 272 pages, Publication date: August 1, 2013.