The earliest known footage of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash (1955)
Rare footage of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins has been released online.
The footage, which is said to have been shot in 1955 with an 8mm camera in Holly’s hometown of Lubbock, Texas, is considered to be some of the earliest known video content of the four iconic musicians.
The clip was filmed by Holly’s friend Ben Hall who also worked as a local disc jockey in the town. Hall, also a musician, would eventually go on to work with Holly and co-wrote the song ‘Blue Days Black Nights’ which appeared on his iconic album That’ll Be The Day.
Researching the silent footage, many claims have been made that Hall filmed the musicians after one of Presley’s concerts on April 29, 1955. Hanging around in the Cotton Club in Lubbock, Holly and Presley had previously met at the Fair Park Coliseum that year.
While Elvis was a major star in the South at the time, Holly was said to be a rising star and was only 18 years of age. Cash, looking a little shy in the clip, had just released his debut album.