It all began the night Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” booked a recording session for Carl Perkins on December 4,1956. Perkins was there to try out some new tunes with the hopes of recreating the recipe for success he'd found earlier that year. Thinking that Perkins' sound needed a slight update, Phillips had brought in one of his newest artists, the young pianist Jerry Lee Lewis. Perkins and his band, along with Lewis, laid down some songs, including what would become one of the Best known Perkins songs, "Matchbox.
While many of the details of the rest of the day's events are still in dispute, this much is known: Perkins and Lewis were later joined by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and they held an impromptu jam session. It was a reunion for Cash, Perkins and Presley, who had toured the South together in 1955. Lewis was still a star on the rise, but he quickly bonded with Presley over their shared knowledge of spirituals.
The recordings of the session – later released in a series of albums beginning in 1981 – show all of the men, particularly Presley, at ease with the music and generally just having a good time jamming.
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