The Million Dollar Quartet

Taylor Hagood
Music / Arts & Letters

Course Description

On December 4, 1956, four young men gathered in a tiny studio at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. The studio was Sun Records, and the young men were Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. It was a historic moment, and the studio’s owner, Sam Phillips, turned on the recording equipment to capture it. This  program will tell about that day — the stories of these men’s lives, the events that led up to that day and the influences on early rock and roll music. Also, unbeknownst to many OLLI patrons, Hagood also plays the piano, and this event will combine lecture and live music, with Hagood playing and singing.

About the Instructor

  • Taylor Hagood, PhD, is professor of American literature at Florida Atlantic University. He has published several books, including Faulkner; Writer of Disability (winner of the 2014 C. Hugh Holman Award for Best Book in Southern Studies), has lectured in venues throughout North America and Europe, and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Munich (2009-2010).

     Lifelong Learning Professorship of Arts and Letters, 2014-2015