Have you seen the Million Dollar Quartet play?  Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash.  

The Million Dollar Quartet is playing full time in Branson, MO.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET 

is a smash-hit Broadway musical.  It was inspired by the recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll superstars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.  These four incredible musicians all had a contract with Sun Records in Memphis, TN.  They were discovered by Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records.  These Million Dollar artists came together on December 4, 1956, for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.  

Famous Jam Session

This play is leading up to this real-life jam session.  The Million Dollar Quartet tells the history behind all four of these recording artists.  It explains how they came to Sun Records and how they left Sun Records.  I learned that Sam Phillips the owner of Sun Records was struggling to make ends meet and sold Elvis’ contract to RCA Records for $35,000.  

Holiday Inn

Phillips used some of this money to be one of the first investors in Holiday Inn which at that time was a new company starting up.  He may have made millions if he kept Elvis, but I am sure he did not do to bad with Holiday Inn. Throughout this play, we received history about Sun Records, Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, who wrote Blue Suede Shoes not Elvis, and Arkansas native Johnny Cash.  Johnny received a huge applause from Arkansans.

Age Appropriate Play

We loved this play!  It takes you back to the 1950’s in every way.  This play may not be appropriate for younger children.  Smoking was hugely popular in the 1950’s, and you will see people lighting up in this play.  You will also hear several bad words if you know what I mean.  My kids are all teenagers, and this was a true story about four unbelievable music legends.  I am not approving the smoking, drinking and saying inappropriate words, but this was real life history.  It was fascinating to walk the path of these stars if only for a few hours.

Jerry Lee Lewis

My favorite character was Colte Julian, who played Jerry Lee Lewis.  He was totally awesome.  He could indeed bang the piano even upside down just like Jerry.  It was like living in the 1950’s, hearing the hits from these four men plus hearing the history of the men and their songs.  Check here to see if the Million Dollar Quartet will be in your area, see it.  You will have a blast from the past.

Did you know that all four of these men who made up the Million Dollar Quartet were from the south?

Elvis Presley

He was born in Mississippi and lived in Memphis, TN.  I have visited both Graceland and Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo, MS.  Elvis birthplace review here.  My first concert ever was seeing Elvis Presley, June 2, 1977, just two months before his death.  Elvis died August 16, 1977.  I was 12 years old, and Elvis was my first concert.  How could I ever forget this show?

Carl Perkins

Carl Perkins was born in Tiptonville, Tennessee.  He died in Jackson, Tennessee in 1998.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis was from Ferriday, Louisiana.  He has two famous cousins, Mickey Gilley, country music star and Jimmy Swaggart.  He lived most of his life in Nesbit, Mississippi.  Jerry Lee Lewis was born in 1935 and stills lives today.

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash is from Kingsland, Arkansas.  Now that we live in Arkansas, I cannot wait to visit his hometown.  His was married to June Carter Cash, and the two of them lived in Tennessee until Johnny’s death in 2003.  June currently lives just off HWY 40 driving east from Memphis. 

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UPDATE:

We saw The Million Dollar Quartet again in Branson, MO April 2016.  This time we took grandma.  We were all singing along and having a great time.  It was fabulous!

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