The Survivors

23 Apr

The Survivors Live is a live album by country/rockabilly musicians Johnny CashCarl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, released in 1982 on Columbia Records. It was recorded on April 23, 1981 in Böblingen, near StuttgartWest Germany, when all three singers, who had been labelmates at Sun Records at the beginning of their careers, were touring Europe. The show had initially been meant to feature only Cash, but Lewis and Perkins joined him onstage on a night when they did not have a concert scheduled themselves. Without rehearsal, the three performed a number of songs they were known for – including Cash’s “Get Rhythm” and Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” – as well as slightly more obscure compositions. Perkins, Cash and Lewis had previously collaborated with each other, and with Elvis Presley (who had died in 1977), during the Million Dollar Quartet session, and would later collaborate for the album Class of ’55 with Roy Orbison in 1985. For the last song on the record “I saw the light”, Cash, Perkins and Lewis were joined by Cash’s sonJohn Carter and his daughter Cindy Cash.

Side 1

  1. Get Rhythm” (Cash) – 3:07
  2. I Forgot to Remember to Forget” (Charlie Feathers, Stan Kesler) – 2:44
  3. “Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad” (Traditional) – 2:59
  4. “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” (Gene Autry, Jimmy Long) – 3:10
  5. Matchbox” (Carl Perkins) – 3:18
  6. “I’ll Fly Away” (Albert E. Brumley) – 4:02

Side 2

  1. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (Dave “Curly” Williams, Sunny David) – 4:04
  2. “Rockin’ My Life Away” (Mack Vickery) – 2:54
  3. Blue Suede Shoes” (Perkins) – 3:07
  4. “Peace in the Valley” (Thomas A. Dorsey) – 4:51
  5. Will the Circle Be Unbroken” (A.P. Carter) – 4:36
  6. I Saw the Light” (Hank Williams) – 3:25


  • Johnny Cash – Vocals, Guitar, Arranger, Liner Notes
  • Jerry Lee Lewis – Vocals, Piano
  • Carl Perkins – Vocals, Guitar
  • Jerry Hensley, Kenneth Lovelace, Bob Wootton – Electric Guitar
  • Marty Stuart – Guitar, Mandolin
  • Earl Ball – Piano
  • Jack Hale Jr., Bob Lewin – Trumpet, French Horn
  • W.S. Holland – Drums
  • Henry Strzelecki – Bass

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