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Mayor Bloomberg Declares December 4 “Million Dollar Quartet Day”




On Saturday, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declared December 4, 2010 “MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Day” in honor of the 54th anniversary of the real life jam session which brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins together a legendary jam session. The mayoral proclamation was read from the stage of the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) by Katherine Oliver, the commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

Below is an excerpt from the proclamation:

The City of New York is proud to join MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET in celebrating the anniversary of the meeting of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, upon which this musical is based…

Tonight’s special celebratory performance is a testament to the continuing relevance and vitality of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, and the overwhelming impact they had on the music community over the course of their careers. Today, I join with all New Yorkers in giving MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET a standing ovation.

Now therefore, I, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, do hereby proclaim Saturday, December 4th, 2010 in the City of New York as: “MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Day.”

On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins together. The place was Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock and Roll,” who discovered them all. The four young musicians united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.

Inspired by the actual event, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features a treasure trove of the greatest rock and roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these musicians, including such iconic songs as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Riders in the Sky,” “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.

For more information about MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com.

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