W.S. 'Fluke' Holland talks 'Million Dollar Quartet' and drumming for legends
W.S. "Fluke" Holland was present at one of the most mythical moments in rock 'n' roll history: A Dec. 4, 1956 jam session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
"Nobody knew John and Elvis were coming," Holland says. "They just wandered in. And because it was Cash and Presley, it of course turned into a jam session. Later, it became a big event, but it wasn't a big deal at the time. [Engineer] Jack Clement turned on the recorder and left the building, got himself a sandwich! We were all just playing along. We didn't know what they were going to do next."
The jam session has become immortalized in the Broadway smash Million Dollar Quartet, which is playing at the Straz Center through Sunday. No matter where the show goes, Holland, 76 -- who toured with Cash for 40 years and still has a dedicated fan base -- tries to make it to at least one performance a week. Tonight, he'll be in Tampa, where he'll no doubt be invited onstage as a special guest to play drums during Matchbox.