Johnny Cash’s Son Opens Up About Father’s Friendship With Elvis Presley

by Suzanne Halliburton

The son of country superstar Johnny Cash said his dad loved working with Elvis Presley when the two were young singers back in the 1950s.

John Carter Cash recently spoke about his dad, Johnny Cash, in an interview with the site He talked about how the two worked in 1956 for Sun Records Studios. The two were part of the Million Dollar Quartet and sang with Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

There was legendary talent in the quartet. We all know the songs of Elvis, Cash and Lewis. Perkins wrote hits for Elvis, the Beatles, Cash, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.

Million Dollar Quartet Was Impromptu Session in December, 1956

It all started when Presley dropped by Sun Studios on Dec. 4, 1956, to visit Sam Phillips.  Perkins and Lewis already were in the studio. So was Cash. The four got together for an impromptu session, while Phillips recorded it all. Half the songs were gospel. There were 17 tracks that were released in 1981 as the “Million Dollar Quartet.”

As more songs were discovered, the songs were repackaged as “Elvis Presley – The Million Dollar Quartet.”

Cash wrote in his autobiography that he sang in a higher pitch to blend with Elvis.

The younger Cash said his dad only worked with Elvis that year.

“My dad and Elvis were friends,” said Carter Cash. “They worked side by side when Elvis was there at Sun Records.

“Elvis went on to make his films and some more music later on and they never worked again together after the 1950s.”

“They each had their own individual, unique traits as artists. … Dad’s (career) reached in different directions than Elvis’ did,” the younger Cash said, “enduring a legacy as a long-standing artist, having resurgences and renaissances throughout his life.”

Presley died of a drug overdose in 1977. He was only 42.

Cash’s career endured through the early 2000s. He died in 2003 at age 71. Cash released his last album  “American IV: The Man Comes Around” in 2002.

John Carter Cash is the only child of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. He was born in 1970.