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December 09, 2022

The Million Dollar Quartet (LP - Sun Records, 1981)

Title:
The Million Dollar Quartet
Label:
Sun Records [Sun 1006]
Format:
LP
Number of tracks:
17
Running time:
25:00
Type of album:
Studio
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1981
Recorded:
December 4, 1956
Released:
July 25, 1981
Singles:
----

The Million Dollar Quartet is a Sun Records LP that was the first official work to feature part of the December 4, 1956 jam session that brought together Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. The record was originally only released in the UK.


After selling Elvis' contract to RCA on November 21, 1955, Sam Phillips thought he would never see Elvis in his establishment again. But what the manager didn't know is that this kid was no ordinary artist who would easily forget his roots. The singer would return to Memphis whenever he could and, if possible, visit places he held dear, like Sun.

On that visit on December 4, 1956, everything would become a media exhibition that would aim to show Elvis in his creative environment and at the same time showcase Phillips' new musical acquisitions - which were far from modest.

In the morning, Carl Perkins, his brothers and drummer W. S. Holland had gone to the studio to record some promising songs. Perkins was already famous in the south for his single "Blue Suede Shoes", released on February 2, 1956, but he was still unknown on the national circuit, which he would only enter in 1957 with his first LP.

To help with the process of trying to achieve a new post-Elvis sound, Phillips had requested the presence of one of his new acquisitions, an accomplished pianist named Jerry Lee Lewis, at that session. Jerry Lee would release his first single, "Crazy Arms", a few days later and his first LP would come in 1958.

Chance was so meticulous in this meeting that Johnny Cash was there watching Perkins record in a rare moment between shows after the success of his single "Hey, Porter / Cry! Cry! Cry!" released five months earlier.

The house star in 1956, Roy Orbison, who had achieved national fame with his single "Tryin' to Get to You / Ooby Dooby" was not there at the time, which is a shame in view of the even greater potential of the session with his presence.

 The legendary jam session would begin earlier that afternoon, when Elvis paid a surprise visit to Sun. Sam Phillips, of course, would not miss the media opportunity and would call in some reporters from local newspapers to record the event. Gathered in a small room, the "Million Dollar Quartet" chatted and made music for over an hour before Elvis had to say goodbye.

The legendary jam session of December 4, 1956 has been re-released through time in different media, but it was up to Sun Records to bring part of it officially for the first time on a modest LP released only in the UK on July 25, 1981.

The album contains the following tracks:

SIDE A
1. Just a Little Talk with Jesus
2. Walk That Lonesome Valley
3. I Shall Not Be Moved
4. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
SIDE B
5. Down By the Riverside
6. I'm With the Crowd But oh So Alone
7. Farther Along
8. Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand
9. As We Travel Along On the Jericho Road
10. Just Can't Make it By Myself
11. Little Cabin On the Hill
12. Summertime Has Passed and Gone
13. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling
14. And Now Sweetheart You've Done Me Wrong
15. Keeper of the Key
16. Crazy Arms
17. Don't Forbid Me

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THE JAM SESSION

Date:
December 4, 1956

Studio:
Sun Studio

Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Musicians:
Voice: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash
Guitar: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins
Electric guitar: J. B. Perkins, Charles Underwood
Bass: Clayton Perkins
Piano: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Smokey Joe Baugh
Drums: W. S. Holland
Backing Vocals: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Smokey Joe Baugh
Sound engineer / Recording engineer:
Sam Phillips / Jack Clement


DECEMBER 4, 1956
                            Instrumentals
                            Love Me Tender (Instrumental)
                            Jingle Bells
                            White Christmas (Instrumental)
                            Reconsider Baby WPA5 2537
                            Don't Be Cruel VPA4 5321
                            Don't Be Cruel (Reprise) VPA4 5322
                            Paralyzed VPA4 5323
                            Don't Be Cruel VPA4 5324
                            There's No Place Like Home VPA4 5325
                            When The Saints Go Marching In VPA4 5326
                            Softly And Tenderly VPA4 5327
                            When God Dips His Love In My Heart VPA4 5299
                            Just A Little Talk With Jesus VPA4 5300
                            Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley VPA4 5301
                            I Shall Not Be Moved VPA4 5302
                            (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) VPA4 5303
                            Down By The Riverside VPA4 5304
                            I'm In The Crowd But So Alone VPA4 5305
                            Farther Along VPA4 5306
                            Blessed Jesus (Hold My Hand) VPA4 5307
                            On The Jericho Road VPA4 5308
                            I Just Can't Make It By Myself VPA4 5309
                            Little Cabin On The Hill VPA4 5310
                            Summertime Is Past And Gone / Christmas Time's A-Coming (One Line) VPA4 5311
                            I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling VPA4 5312
                            Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong VPA4 5313
                            Keeper Of The Key VPA4 5314 (Lead vocals - Carl Perkins)
                            Crazy Arms VPA4 5315
                            Don't Forbid Me VPA4 5316
                            Too Much Monkey Business VPA4 5317
                            Brown Eyed Handsome Man VPA4 5318
                            Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind VPA4 5319
                            Brown Eyed Handsome Man / Instrumentals VPA4 5320
                            Don't Forbid Me / You Belong To My Heart VPA4 5298
                            Is It So Strange VPA4 5328
                            That's When Your Heartaches Begin VPA4 5329
                            Brown Eyed Handsome Man VPA4 5330
                            Rip It Up VPA4 5331
                            I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye VPA4 5332
                            Crazy Arms VPA4 5333 (Jerry Lee Lewis)
                            That's My Desire VPA4 5334 (Jerry Lee Lewis)
                            End Of The Road VPA4 5335 (Jerry Lee Lewis)
                            Black Bottom Stomp VPA4 5336 (Jerry Lee Lewis)
                            You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven VPA4 5337 (Jerry Lee Lewis)
                            Elvis Says Goodbye VPA4 5338


Original tape with the complete recording of The Million Dollar Quartet's jam session
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OTHER VERSIONS

Title:
Million Dollar Quartet
Label:
OMD [OMD-001]
Format:
LP
Number of tracks:
17
Running time:
25:00
Type of album:
Studio
Linked to:
Unofficial discography
Year:
1980
Recorded:
December 4, 1956
Released:
1980
Singles:
----

In 1980, the OMD record company released its first and one of its few LPs containing part of the famous encounter with very irregular and poor quality audio but which, despite being a legitimate bootleg, was sold all over the world. The songs featured on it would be repurposed for the official release on Sun in 1981.

The LP includes the following tracks:

SIDE A
1. Just a Little Talk with Jesus
2. Walk That Lonesome Valley
3. I Shall Not Be Moved
4. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
SIDE B
5. Down By the Riverside
6. I'm With the Crowd But oh So Alone
7. Farther Along
8. Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand
9. As We Travel Along On the Jericho Road
10. Just Can't Make it By Myself
11. Little Cabin On the Hill
12. Summertime Has Passed and Gone
13. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling
14. And Now Sweetheart You've Done Me Wrong
15. Keeper of the Key
16. Crazy Arms
17. Don't Forbid Me

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Title:
The Complete Million Dollar Session
Label:
Sun Records [08233 30789 18]
Format:
Double LP
Number of tracks:
40
Running time:
69:00
Type of album:
Studio
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1987
Recorded:
December 4, 1956
Released:
1987
Singles:
----


In 1987, with the improvement of the means of remastering, Sun Records finally decided to release the full jam session, apart from imperceptible cuts, although still only in the UK. Worldwide distribution was handled by Charly Records.

The work includes the following tracks:

LP 1
SIDE A
1. You Belong To My Heart
2. When God Dips His Love In My Heart
3. Just a Little Talk with Jesus
4. Walk That Lonesome Valley
5. I Shall Not Be Moved
6. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
7. Down By the Riverside
SIDE B
8. I'm With the Crowd But oh So Alone
9. Farther Along
10. Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand
11. As We Travel Along On the Jericho Road
12. Just Can't Make it By Myself
13. Little Cabin On the Hill
14. Summertime Has Passed and Gone
15. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling
16. And Now Sweetheart You've Done Me Wrong
17. Keeper of the Key
18. Crazy Arms
19. Don't Forbid Me
20. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
21. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
22. Brown Eyed Handsome Man

LP 2
SIDE A
23. Don't Be Cruel
24. Don't Be Cruel
25. Paralysed
26. Don't Be Cruel
27. There is No Place Like Home
28. When the Saints Go Marching in
29. Softly and Tenderly
SIDE B
30. Is it So Strange
31. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
32. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
33. Rip it Up
34. I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye
35. Crazy Arms
36. That's My Desire
37. End of the Road
38. Jerry's Boogie
39. You're the Only Star in My Blue Heaven
40. Elvis Farewell

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Title:
The Million Dollar Quartet
Label:
RCA / BMG / Sun Records [74321 13840 2]
Format:
LP
Number of tracks:
41
Running time:
75:00
Type of album:
Studio
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
1990
Recorded:
December 4, 1956
Released:
1990
Singles:
----


In 1990, RCA made a deal with Sun and released a remastered CD with all the tracks from the 1987 double LP and some extras, bringing to the public for the first time all the songs sung in the jam session, but still with minor cuts.

The CD contains the following tracks:

DECEMBER 4, 1956
1. You Belong To My Heart
2. When God Dips His Love In My Heart
3. Just a Little Talk with Jesus
4. Walk That Lonesome Valley
5. I Shall Not Be Moved
6. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
7. Down By the Riverside
8. I'm With the Crowd But oh So Alone
9. Farther Along
10. Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand
11. As We Travel Along On the Jericho Road
12. Just Can't Make it By Myself
13. Little Cabin On the Hill
14. Summertime Has Passed and Gone
15. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling
16. And Now Sweetheart You've Done Me Wrong
17. Keeper of the Key
18. Crazy Arms
19. Don't Forbid Me
20. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
21. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
22. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
23. Don't Be Cruel
24. Don't Be Cruel
25. Paralysed
26. Don't Be Cruel
27. There is No Place Like Home
28. When the Saints Go Marching in
29. Softly and Tenderly
30. Is it So Strange
31. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
32. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
33. Rip it Up
34. I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye
35. Crazy Arms
36. That's My Desire
37. End of the Road
38. Jerry's Boogie
39. Black Bottom Stomp
40. You're The Only Star in My Blue Heaven
41. Elvis Farewell

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Titl:
The Complete Million Dollar Quartet
Label:
RCA Victor / Sony BMG / Sun Records [82876 88935 2]
Format:
CD
Number of tracks:
47
Running time:
100:00
Type of album:
Studio
Linked to:
Official discography
Year:
2006
Recorded:
December 4, 1956
Released:
2006
Singles:
----

In 2006 RCA finally released the complete session, without cuts or edits, for the first time in the jam session's historu. The audio had been improved and now even conversations between takes could be heard clearly.

The CD contains the following tracks:

DECEMBER 4, 1956
1. Instrumental
2. Love me Tender (Instrumental)
3. Jingle Bells (Instrumental)
4. White Christmas (Instrumental)
5. Reconsider Baby
6. Don't Be Cruel
7. Don't Be Cruel
8 Paralyzes
9. Don't Be Cruel
10. There is No Place Like Home
11. When the Saints Go Marchin' in
12. Softly and Tenderly
13. When God Dips His Love In My Heart
14. Just a Little Talk with Jesus
15. Walk That Lonesome Valley
16. I Shall Not Be Moved
17. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
18. Down By the Riverside
19. I'm With the Crowd But oh So Alone
20. Farther Along
21. Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand
22. As We Travel Along On the Jericho Road
23. Just Can't Make it By Myself
24. Little Cabin On the Hill
25. Summertime Has Passed and Gone
26. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling
27. And Now Sweetheart You've Done Me Wrong
28. Keeper of the Key
29. Crazy Arms
30. Don't Forbid Me
31. Too Much Monkey Business
32. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
33. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
34. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
35. Don't Forbid Me
36. You Belong to My Heart
37. Is it So Strange
38. That's When the Heartaches Begin
39. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
40. Rip it Up
41. I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye
42. Crazy Arms
43. That's My Desire
44. End of the Road
45. Black Bottom Stomp
46. You're The Only Star in My Blue Heaven
47. Elvis Farewell

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Title:
The Million Dollar Quartet
Label:
Charly Records [CHARLY209]
Format:
DoubleLP
Number of tracks:
41
Running time:
85:00
Type of album:
Studio
Linked to:
Unofficial discography
Year:
2016
Recorded:
December 4, 1956
Released:
2016
Singles:
----

Despite having CD and LP releases with editions in 2017, the last major release of the fantastic event took place in 2016 by the English label Charly Records. With permission from Sun and RCA, the company remastered the entire sound from the 1990 CD and distributed it on a double LP with inside notes by Martin Hawkins and Sam Phillips and photos from the session.

The work includes the following tracks:

LP 1
SIDE A
1. You Belong To My Heart
2. When God Dips His Love In My Heart
3. Just a Little Talk with Jesus
4. Walk That Lonesome Valley
5. I Shall Not Be Moved
6. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
7. Down By the Riverside
SIDE B
8. I'm With the Crowd But oh So Alone
9. Farther Along
10. Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand
11. As We Travel Along On the Jericho Road
12. Just Can't Make it By Myself
13. Little Cabin On the Hill
14. Summertime Has Passed and Gone
15. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling
16. And Now Sweetheart You've Done Me Wrong
17. Keeper of the Key
18. Crazy Arms
19. Don't Forbid Me
20. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
21. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
22. Brown Eyed Handsome Man

LP 2
SIDE A
23. Don't Be Cruel
24. Don't Be Cruel
25. Paralysed
26. Don't Be Cruel
27. There is No Place Like Home
28. When the Saints Go Marching in
SIDE B
29. Softly and Tenderly
30. Is it So Strange
31. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
32. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
33. Rip it Up
34. I'm Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye
35. Crazy Arms
36. That's My Desire
37. End of the Road
38. Jerry's Boogie
39. Black Bottom Stomp
40. You're The Only Star in My Blue Heaven
41. Elvis Farewell

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December 07, 2022

Marilyn Evans: Elvis' Lost Girlfriend

Elvis, Marilyn Evans and Johnny Cash during the famous Million Dollar Quartet jam;
Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee; December 4, 1956. (© George Pierce)


On December 4, 1956, Elvis, now RCA Victor star and world-renowned for his performance in "Love Me Tender", made one of his unscheduled visits to Sun Studio, where his meteoric career had begun two years earlier.

Sam Phillips did not miss the opportunity to call the press and make a big marketing out of it, even more having as a friend the entertainment editor of the newspaper The Memphis Press-Scimitar, Bob Johnson. The journalist, in turn, brought the UPI representative, Leo Soroca, and a photographer to the studio to capture the event and publish it in the next day's edition of the newspaper.

Phillips obviously had a bigger plan than just showing that Elvis had come to visit. It was a great opportunity to showcase their newest artists as Carl Perkins, who had recently achieved success with "Blue Suede Shoes", would already be in the studio that day. Sun's big national hit Jerry Lee Lewis couldn't be left out, let alone the relatively unknown Johnny Cash, so Sam asked the two to also attend. It was a media frenzy, with photos and reporters everywhere, but well controlled and planned by the astute owner of Sun Studio.

Elvis' reception at Sun Studio. Left to right: Bob Johnson, Sam Phillips, Elvis and Leo Soroca;
December 4, 1956 (© George Pierce)


But far from any star, a beautiful girl, whom Bob Johnson enthusiastically quoted in his article, had arrived along with Elvis. It was a novelty at the time and remained so until very recently.

Marilyn Evans had only appeared in that newspaper article and all the photos used on albums with content from that jam session did not include her in the final art, being cropped to fit only the stars of the event.

There was doubt about her existence even among Elvis scholars, but most agreed that the female voice heard in parts of the recording could only be hers because there is evidence, albeit scant, of her dating the King of Rock.

The main proof is the photo in Bob Johnson's article and his explanation of who the girl was: "That lovely creature sitting on top of the piano is Marilyn Evans, who dances at the New Frontier in Las Vegas. She is Elvis' house guest thru Friday."

As the article was forgotten in time and the photos from that session never included her, many were led to believe that she never existed or that, if she existed, she had disappeared in time as well as her history with Elvis.

Bob Johnson's article on The Memphis Press-Scimitarwhere Marilyn also appears; December 5, 1956

Colin Escott, music historian and co-author of the play "Million Dollar Quartet", called her "Elvis' lost girlfriend" in a September 2011 interview with the Chicago Tribune, in which he explained that "given that lawyers govern everything these days, they said, if you don't know where [Evans] is, [then] we had to create a fictitious character, calling her Dyanne."

The journalist who had published the article about the play, Jason George, had already received several messages about who the mysterious girl in the photo could be. The most common hunch was that it was Patsy Cline, but the names of several Hollywood stars were also mentioned, and the occasional "it was my mother's aunt".

No one gave enough proof of the girl's identity and whereabouts or really knew who she was, except reader Mary Green.

Restored photo from Bob Johnson's article in the Memphis Press-Scimitar (© George Pierce)


Green nearly fainted when she opened the newspaper and saw the picture of that jam session. "My God, it's Marilyn!" she exclaimed from her home in Barrington. Mary had been friends with Marilyn since the 1960s, when they were both studying dance and frat sisters at the University of Utah, and she knew that her friend had dated Elvis in Memphis, but she had no idea that session at the Sun had taken place.

Green called Marilyn's husband who, in turn, wrote to the newspaper saying that this was his current wife and that she was still as beautiful as in that photo.

Jason George, who was already tired of so many leads that led nowhere, was not very convinced by this but returned a phone number where Marilyn could contact him. Two days later he missed a call, but completely relaxed when he heard the message left on his answering machine: "Hello. This is Marilyn Evans..."

On November 11, 2008, the newspaper published an interview, the first of her life, with the now 71-year-old Marilyn Knowles-Riehl.

A transcript of the same follows.
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Marilyn in 2008
When a promoter called Marilyn Evans in summer 1956 and asked her to join the chorus line at Las Vegas' New Frontier Casino, she could hardly contain herself -- this teenager from Fresno, Calif., lived to dance.

"I thought it was probably the most sophisticated thing that had ever happened in the whole world," she said last week with an easy laugh.

She came to a Las Vegas in its infancy, a relatively innocent place, where the dancers enjoyed good pay -- $135 a week -- sports cars and soirees with such headliners as Mickey Rooney and George Chakiris. "It was just very exciting: two shows a night, seven days a week," she said. "I was loving it."

Between shows, the dancers would gather in an employees-only coffee shop within the casino. It was there that Elvis walked in one night and sat at their table.

"Wow," Evans thought. "He's beautiful -- really, truly."

Within an hour, Elvis had slipped Evans a scrawled note on the back of a napkin. It read: "Can I have a date with you tomorrow night or before I leave?"

Evans nodded in excitement and shock.

"He called backstage that night, set a time," she remembered.

And so, for the next couple of weeks she and Elvis explored Las Vegas, driving around, hanging out and walking through the casinos. (Neither enjoyed gambling, she said.) Asked why he picked her, she giggles and shrugs.

"I think he probably liked that I wasn't 'out there.' I was respectable," she said. "I still am respectable, you know!"

And what did this respectable teenager's parents think about her dating Parental Enemy No. 1?

Evans' father had died when she was in high school, but to head off any trouble she wrote her mother a letter that began, "Don't flip, mama, but I've become acquainted with Elvis Presley."

Momma did flip, a little; that is, until Evans put the young star on the phone.

Napkin with Elvis' original invitation
Like Evans, Elvis, too, was performing at the New Frontier -- his first Vegas engagement -- but when he left, the couple kept in touch by telephone. Then one day, he called Evans and asked her to come visit and stay at his Memphis home.

She said yes.

And so, 52 years later, what does she remember most about the house?

"I remember that phone just rang and nobody answered, which was odd."

In Memphis, Elvis and Evans spent their days riding motorcycles, going out to eat and watching rented movies at Elvis' house, a luxury the girl from Fresno could hardly believe.

"He was relaxed. He was comfortable there," Knowles-Riehl recalled.

And at night she slept ...

"... not with him."

"He was extremely honorable. He was young; I was young."

On Dec. 4, 1956, the couple, along with some of Elvis' friends, cruised around Memphis, as usual. But on this day Elvis stopped at Sun, where he had made his first record only three years prior. It was there, over the next few hours, that fate (and a tape recorder) would allow a rare glimpse of the musical passions of these four future legends, as they jammed on gospel, country and blues. It was a seminal session of rock 'n' roll's origins ... and one that Knowles-Riehl barely recalls.

"I remember that outfit I was wearing was all wool," she said with a shrug of apology. "A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then."

The fact that the session meant so little to her might help explain why she said she felt fine when the relationship faded a few weeks later.

"I always preferred classical music," she explained. "We were just into different things, not that one's better than the other."

Marilyn Evans at The New Frontier, 1956
"It was great, I loved it, it was terrifically exciting and wonderful, but I had other things I wanted to do," said Knowles-Riehl who, the next year, began attending the University of Utah.

Asked why she never broadcast her brush with stardom, Knowles-Riehl said she never thought it among her life's highlights. Instead she prefers to gush about her two husbands -- her first died -- her son and a dancing career that includes 13 years as the director of the Fresno Ballet.

"It's like people whose high point of their life is their senior prom," she explained. "My senior prom was good, but a lot of stuff has happened that's been great since then."

Such as ...

"When it's not driving me crazy, I enjoy genealogy," said Knowles-Riehl, who divides her time between Carmel, Calif., and Salt Lake City.

She also continues to dance -- she's as physically fit as a 40-year-old -- and she runs her own belly dancing troupe.

"It's pretty much the opposite of all my training, but I love it," she said.

Until last week, Knowles-Riehl had never listened to the recording session from that day in Memphis. But when she did, she quickly nixed the popular theory that she's the one who requested the song "Farther Along."

"That's not me," she said, as the female voice on the recording speaks with an obvious drawl.

"I wouldn't pick up a Southern accent that fast," she said, chuckling.

And yet, in listening to the rest of the album from that day's session Knowles-Riehl stumbled upon another female voice, this one requesting "End of the Road."

"That's me," she said, as her wide brown eyes grew wider.

"It's like otherworldly," she said of hearing herself, "out of body."

With the headphones still on, Knowles-Riehl appeared in that moment as she does in the '56 photograph: Her face bright and blushing, wondering how could it possibly get any better than this.

'It's amazing'

Peter Guralnick, author of the definitive two-volume Elvis biography "Last Train to Memphis" and "Careless Love," tried to locate Marilyn Evans but couldn't.

"And no one is more dogged than Peter Guralnick," said Colin Escott, co-author of "Million Dollar Quartet," the play about the 1956 recording session. "If he couldn't find her, I assumed she was lost to history."

Thanks to a Tribune reader though, we found Marilyn (formerly Evans) Knowles-Riehl. "It's amazing, truly. This means there's three survivors from that day: Jerry Lee Lewis, Jack Clemont [the session engineer] and now Marilyn."

Escott said he'd love to have Knowles-Riehl see the show at Chicago's Apollo Theater. The play features a fictitious Elvis girlfriend who sings and dances with the quartet.

Asked if she'd be up for it, Knowles-Riehl exclaimed, "It'd be fun to see!"
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Original articles: compiled from Elvis Australia & The Chicago Tribune
Photos: George Pierce, Elvis Australia & Google
Research and structuring: Elvis Presley Index | http://www.elvispresleyindex.com
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