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is a 1986 Class of '55 album by rock and roll pioneers Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins.
While the album was in part a tribute to
Elvis Presley, it was mainly a commemoration of those young performing hopefuls, the four album participants, as had Presley, all began their careers with Sun Records in the 1950s. Recorded at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios and completed at American Sound Studios, the album was documented by Dick Clark Productions, which filmed it from start to finish; by The Commercial Appeal, the Mid-South's largest circulation newspaper; and by Nine-O-One Network Magazine, the first edition of which was sold with the album in a telemarketing package. [3 ]
The final song of the session, "Big Train (from Memphis)", written by John Fogerty, includes the blended voices of
John Fogerty, The Judds, Dave Edmunds, Ricky Nelson, Sam Phillips, and June Carter Cash. Fogerty told a reporter that he was thinking about the old Sun Records sound when he wrote the song. [4 ]
The recorded "
Interviews from the Class of '55 Recording Sessions" earned the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for the four performers plus for producer Chips Moman, Sam Phillips and Ricky Nelson. For Nelson, it was his last recording session and only Grammy Award of his career.
Cash, Lewis and Perkins had previously collaborated in 1956 with the
Million Dollar Quartet and in 1982 with The Survivors Live.
A TV special with footage of the studio sessions aired in 1989.
Track listing [ edit ]
Carl Perkins – "
Birth of Rock and Roll" (Carl Perkins/Greg Perkins) – 4:21 Jerry Lee Lewis – "Sixteen Candles" (
Luther Dixon/Allyson Khent) – 3:48 Carl Perkins – "Class of '55" (
Chips Moman/Bobby Emmons) – 2:56 Perkins, Lewis, Orbison & Cash – "Waymore's Blues" (
Waylon Jennings/Curtis Buck) – 2:25 Johnny Cash – "We Remember the King"' (
Paul Kennerly) – 2:58
Roy Orbison – "Coming Home" (Orbison/
Will Jennings/ J.D. Souther) – 3:59 Perkins, Lewis, Orbison & Cash – "Rock and Roll (Fais-Do-Do)" (Michael Smotherman) – 3:17
Jerry Lee Lewis – "Keep My Motor Running" (
Randy Bachman) – 2:52 Johnny Cash – "I Will Rock and Roll with You" (Cash) – 2:01
Perkins, Lewis, Orbison & Cash – "Big Train (from Memphis)" (
John Fogerty) – 7:56
Personnel [ edit ]
Johnny Cash — vocals, guitar
Carl Perkins — vocals, guitar
Jerry Lee Lewis — vocals, piano
Roy Orbison — vocals
Jack Clement, Marty Stuart — background vocals, guitar
Reggie Young, Bob Wootton, Kenneth Lovelace, J.R. Cobb — guitar
Memphis Strings — strings
Ace Cannon, Wayne Jackson, Jack Hale Jr., Bob Lewin — horns
Bobby Emmons — keyboards,
Synclavier Mike Leech, Bob Moore — bass
Gene Chrisman, WS Holland, Buddy Harmon — drums
Toni Wine, Paul Davis, Dan Penn, June Carter Cash, Rebecca Evans, Chips Moman, Reba Russell, Sam Philips,
John Fogerty, Dave Edmunds, The Judds, Rick Nelson — background vocals
Chart performance [ edit ]
Billboard Top Country Albums 15
References [ edit ]
^ Hurst, Jack. ". Chicago Tribune 'Class of '55' Reunion to Revive 'Smash' Label" . Retrieved . 30 June 2012
^ Allmusic review
^ Dickerson, James L.(1996) “Goin’ Back to Memphis: A Century of Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Glorious Soul,” Schirmer/Simon & Schuster ISBN 0-02-864506-5
^ Dickerson, Jim (1986) "The Sun Session: Together Again in Memphis," Nine-O-One Network Magazine