Johnny Cash Elvis Presley: The story behind their epic recording session


Johnny was only newly signed by Sun Records, as was Jerry Lee Lewis, who was brought in to play piano for Carl.

Johnny has said he joined the session in order to hear Carl, and Elvis was believed to have just arrived out of the blue for a visit to his old stomping ground.

Elvis listened to Carl and, on liking what he heard, went into the studio and the jam began, at which the engineer of the day said he would be ‘remiss’ not to record the session.

In the end, Elvis did not perform with Jerry Lee, instead leaving before the pianist started.


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