By Annie Reuter
The Johnny Cash Museum will add a new relic to its display tomorrow (Aug. 15).
On Friday, the museum will unveil the Legends of Sun Records exhibit which will include history on the Memphis studio which launched the careers of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison.
“Johnny Cash began his musical career at Sun Records,” said museum founder Bill Miller in a press release. “Sun was the launch pad for several young men whose music would forever impact the world. Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Johnny came from similar backgrounds and humble beginnings. Once they walked through the door at the Memphis Recording Service, their lives would never be the same.”
On display will be the famous drum set used by W.S. “Fluke” Holland, who was Cash’s drummer for 40 years. The drum set was used on numerous Sun Records recordings including Cash’s “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring of Fire” as well as Presley’s “Blue Suede Shoes.”
Holland’s drum set is legendary in the country music community as it was the first full drum set to appear on the Grand Ole Opry stage. It was also used on Cash’s Live at Folsom Prison and Live at San Quentin albums, as well as Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline record.
“At Sun Records, it wasn’t something that we thought would make history,” Holland said. “It just happened. We never thought anyone would even know about it after a couple years. Those days seem like a dream, but they also seemed like they just happened a few weeks ago.
“Nothing was ever planned for me. I think that’s why they call me ‘Fluke.’”