NOW OPEN: The Legends of SUN RECORDS at The Johnny Cash Museum
The new exhibit in Nashville, TN features treasures from Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison.
This ad of a 1950’s Memphis disc jockey is for the June 1st concert at Overton Park Shell featuring Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Warren Smith. All were signed to manager Bob Neal’s company called Stars Incorporated. Tickets were $1.
The show was the start of their summer tour and Elvis Presley came to the see. Elvis was impressed with Orbison and remained a lifelong fan. The tour is highlighted in the Johnny Cash movie “Walk The Line” in scenes such as Roy and Johnny blowing up homemade firework bombs. Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison had their clothes ripped off by masses of teenage girls many times. They were banned from towns, started riots, and had police escort them to the county line or face arrest. Next Year’s tour, 1957, included Jerry Lee Lewis in the lineup. Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll!
The new exhibit opening this Friday, August 15th at The Johnny Cash Museum features items from Orbison, Presley, Perkins, and Lewis.
“GO! GO! GO! (Down the Line)” by Roy Orbison
Written by Roy Orbison and Billy Pat Ellis and first released as the B-Side to Sun Record #242, “Ooby Dooby,” this rockabilly classic was also recorded by Ricky Nelson, Mickey Gilley, The Hollies, and Roy’s fellow SUN Records alumni Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis! The Killer (Jerry Lee Lewis) released the song as SUN record # 288.
The new exhibit at The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, TN opens August 15th and showcases Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and their SUN Studios peers Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, W.S. Holland.
“SILENT NIGHT” performed by the Class of ’55
Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, & Carl Perkins are joined by June Carter Cash on The Johnny Cash Christmas Special in 1977 –