Johnny Cash

Million Dollar Quartet, Noel Coward Theatre, London

On 4 December 1956 the ultimate jam session took place. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis gathered at the Sun studio of their mentor Sam Phillips to make music and conversation. What is remarkable is that there haven't been innumerable plays, films and TV documentaries about this seminal moment in pop history.

Album: Chip Taylor, Yonkers NY (Train Wreck)

Best known for writing a bouquet of diversely distinctive 1960s hits – "I Can't Let Go", "Angel of the Morning" and "Wild Thing" – Chip Taylor has led the kind of life that usually only happens in Hollywood films, including a stint as a professional gambler ultimately banned from Las Vegas casinos.

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Album: Larry Jon Wilson, Larry Jon Wilson (1965)

An associate of the country outlaw generation that included Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Larry Jon Wilson's burly baritone burr brought tableaux like "Ohoopee River Bottomland" and "Sheldon Church Yard" to vivid life, but his refusal to compromise curtailed his Seventies career after just a few albums.

Album: Carlene Carter, Stronger (Yep Roc)

Carter lost four family members in 2003: mother June, sister Rosie, partner Howie Epstein and stepdad Johnny Cash. Not a good year, and it bottomed out a not hugely productive passage of life in general – her last new work came out in 1995. Life seems to have improved since and ‘Stronger’, though sunk firmly in the grief-and renewal groove you’d expect, makes for a broadly enjoyable return. Carlene’s stock vibe s rockin’ country with added perk. But there’s a lurking solemnity behind the bouncy frontage, most obviously in the title track, which is a direct address to Rosie. Good to hear her again, though.