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News createt: 11-08-2010

W.S. Holland @ Back In Memphis Show!

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Tomorrow night is the BIGGEST concert event happening in Memphis during Elvis Week, our Back In Memphis show benefiting Myrna Smith.  Tickets are available at 1-866-55-TICKETS and also at the door.

We have another special guest attending, W.S. Holland, the legendary drummer, best known for his years at Sun, with Johnny Cash and as the drummer on the MIllion Dollar Quartet. So along with Jack Clement who produced the Million Dollar Quartet, we now have the drummer. This is going to be one night to remember!

More on W.S. Holland:

W.S.'s musical career began in 1954 at Sun Records as drummer for Carl Perkins and his brothers, J.B. and Clayton. He played on all of Carl's Sun releases, including the original "Blue Suede Shoes".

He was also the drummer on the "Million Dollar Quartet" session  with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.


After the success of “Blue Suede Shoes” began to wane around 1959, W.S. planned to “retire” from the music business and get a job back in Jackson where he and his wife Joyce lived. Just before reporting to a new job working for a land surveyor in 1960, W.S. got a call from Johnny Cash. Cash had two important dates booked up north and wanted him to go along and play drums on this two week trip.  What started as a two week gig turned into almost 40 years with The Man in Black.


During his career with Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three, W.S. played on most of their records including the mega hits Folsom Prison Blues, Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, Boy Named Sue and others. He can be heard on live albums including At Folsom Prison, Live at San Quentin and the famous Dylan/Cash Sessions. Fluke was the first drummer to ever play a full set of drums on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry when it was still at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Serving as road manager for the Cash organization was another capacity in which Fluke worked in his career and was the only drummer Johnny Cash ever had. He stayed with the Cash organization until 1997, when health problems caused Johnny to retire from the music business.  Johnny Cash is credited with giving Fluke the name “The Father of the Drums” and would introduce him from the stage as such.


While his place in music history is documented in books and celebrated by his peers, many fans believe that Holland has received far less recognition than his other contemporaries, including Presley’s drummer, D.J. Fonatna, who in fact was not yet playing with Presley when Holland played on Blue Suede Shoes.


Not well-known also to the general public, is that W.S. had other important contributions to rock ‘n’ roll and country, including discovering Carl Mann and playing drums on Mann’s Mona Lisa, bringing the Statler Brothers to Cash’s attention, and, recording with luminaries from Johnny Horton to Marty Stuart.

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