The Survivors Live

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The Survivors Live
Live album by Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis
Released April 1982
Recorded April 23, 1981
Genre Country, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll
Length 42:17
Label Columbia
Producer Carl Perkins
Johnny Cash chronology
The Survivors Live
The Adventures of Johnny Cash
Jerry Lee Lewis chronology
Killer Country (1980) The Survivors Live (1982) Class of '55 (1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B− [3]

The Survivors Live is a live album by country/rockabilly musicians Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, released in 1982 on Columbia Records. It was recorded on April 23, 1981 in Böblingen, near Stuttgart, West Germany, when all three singers, who had been labelmates at Sun Records at the beginning of their careers, were touring Europe. The show had initially been meant to feature only Cash, but Lewis and Perkins joined him onstage on a night when they did not have a concert scheduled themselves. Without rehearsal, the three performed a number of songs they were known for - including Cash's "Get Rhythm" and Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" - as well as slightly more obscure compositions. Perkins, Cash and Lewis had previously collaborated with each other, and with Elvis Presley (who had died in 1977), during the Million Dollar Quartet session, and would later collaborate for the album Class of '55 with Roy Orbison in 1985. For the last song on the album, "I Saw the Light", Cash, Perkins and Lewis were joined by Cash's son John Carter and his daughter Cindy Cash.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Rhythm"   Johnny Cash 3:07
2. "I Forgot to Remember to Forget"   Charlie Feathers, Stan Kesler 2:44
3. "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad"   Traditional 2:59
4. "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine"   Gene Autry, Jimmy Long 3:10
5. "Matchbox"   Carl Perkins 3:18
6. "I'll Fly Away"   Albert E. Brumley 4:02
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"   Dave "Curly" Williams, Sunny David 4:04
2. "Rockin' My Life Away"   Mack Vickery 2:54
3. "Blue Suede Shoes"   Carl Perkins 3:07
4. "Peace in the Valley"   Thomas A. Dorsey 4:51
5. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"   A.P. Carter 4:36
6. "I Saw the Light"   Hank Williams 3:25


  • Johnny Cash - Vocals, Guitar, Arranger, Liner Notes
  • Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocals, Piano
  • Carl Perkins - Vocals, Guitar
  • Jerry Hensley, Kenneth Lovelace, Bob Wootton - Electric Guitar
  • Marty Stuart - Guitar, Mandolin
  • Earl Ball - Piano
  • Jack Hale Jr., Bob Lewin - Trumpet, French Horn
  • W.S. Holland - Drums
  • Henry Strzelecki - Bass

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Lou Robin - Executive producer
  • Rodney Crowell - Producer, Mixing
  • Bradley Hartman, Ron Treat - Mixing
  • Steve Hoffman - Mastering
  • Bill Johnson - Art director
  • Kevin Gray - CD preparation
  • Murray Brenman - Reissue design

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 21


  1. ^ Coda, Kub. The Survivors Live at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  2. ^ Rolling Stone 27 May 1982
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. Johnny Cash. Retrieved 2011-06-29.