Cody Slaughter and the Million Dollar Quartet

by Chris Murray on December 21, 2012

I went to see the Million Dollar Quartet, the theatrical recreation of the unexpected jam session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins at Sun Studios on December 4th, 1956, with Sam Phillips presiding. The show was at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater and I enjoyed thinking that Eisenhower was President at the time of this legendary gathering of four of the founding fathers of rock and roll!

The Washington Post reviewed the show today and described Cody Slaughter’s performance as Elvis as “…a liquid Elvis, hips twisting and lip curling to perfection.” I went to see Cody Slaughter backstage after the show to present him with a copy of Elvis 1956 (Welcome Books), Alfred Wertheimer’s beautiful book published as a catalogue for the Smithsonian’s touring exhibition Elvis at 21, which is in Nashville, Tennessee at the moment. When I gave Elvis 1956 to Cody he was greatly appreciative and told me that he is 21 years old himself, which is the age Elvis was in 1956. Cody is on his way in a few days to meet up with Elvis’ legendary drummer D.J. Fontana to tour together on a ‘Birthday Tribute’ to Elvis.

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