Mark Ferratt of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Harrah’s: The art of ‘The Fluke’.


Las Vegas Sun

Mark Ferratt carries out as the drummer in “Million Dollar Quartet” on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Harrah’s.

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015|3:59 p.m.

Click to enlarge photo

Mark Ferratt and W.S. “Fluke” Holland of “Million Dollar Quartet” popularity.

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ Grand Opening at Harrah’s
Robert Lyons, Carla Pellegrino, Martin Kaye, Marc Donovan, Felice Garcia, Tyler Hunter and Ben Hale at the grand opening of Launch slideshow “

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Reynolds Hall
Launch slideshow “

Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach returns to Las Vegas after getaway time in Italy and family time in La Jolla, Calif., we cover our visitor columns in his absence.

Today, it’s Michael Kennedy, chairman of the Epicurean Charitable Structure, and we find out about the art of “The Fluke” from “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s artist Mark Ferratt:

Can luck be developed? I say yes. After all, it has actually long been said that luck is what occurs when prep work satisfies chance.

Therefore, it appears that if you can specify what luck implies to you in a given situation, you can then willing yourself for it accordingly.

At that point, you’re just waiting for an opportunity to emerge, which is truly just a matter of time and place.

As an artist, I have constantly been a fan of auditions where these variables are mainly specified. You can focus your preparation, and you know precisely when and where the opportunity exists.

Regrettably, there isn’t constantly an audition notice for the gig you desire. Which brings us to this dreaded expression: “I guess I was just in the ideal location at the right time.”

You’ve heard it, right? Of course you have. We all have. A million times. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the most deflating expressions to hear in the English language.

It makes the “unfortunate” appear powerless, like they’re just wandering around thoughtlessly wishing to stumble into success. I lament that there’s no specific profession course for a musician to follow, however fortunately there are successful professions from which we can find out.

Consider the career of W.S. “Fluke” Holland. He might be the luckiest drummer of all time, and his nickname shows a profession loaded with not likely surprises. You may unknown him by name, but chances are you have actually heard him play.

Fluke was Johnny Money’s only drummer and, to name a few noteworthy recordings, he was the drummer on Dec. 4, 1956, when the famed “Million Dollar Quartet” session happened at Sun Records along with Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

That’s where I fit in. As the drummer for “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s, I perform as Fluke eight times a week.

Exactly what makes Fluke’s profession stand apart was his not likely entrance into rock-and-roll history, which he has actually recounted during many interviews and events for many years.

Reportedly, one Saturday night back in 1954, Fluke went to see a performance by his friends, The Perkins Brothers Band.

After the program, the band asked him to obtain some drums and audition with them at Sun Records that following Thursday morning. There was one glaring issue, however– Fluke had actually never ever played drums before.

For that matter, he had actually never played any instrument aside from some balanced tapping along the side of Clayton Perkins’ bass.

Undeterred, Fluke got some drums the next day and set them up at his mama’s house identified to play by Thursday. Legend has it that throughout those five days, he developed adequate chops to perform passably at the audition.

Sam Phillips, the studio owner, seemingly liked exactly what he heard, and by some stroke of luck– a fluke– W.S. Holland went on to become one of the most prominent session drummers at Sun Records.

There are a couple of takeaways here that might have affected Fluke’s good luck:

* Fluke agreed to participate and try something brand-new. By supporting his friends that fateful Saturday night, he was there in the ideal place, at the right time when an uncommon chance presented itself.

By stating yes, he opened the door to brand-new possibilities.

* Fluke defined the variables. He knew what to prepare and when to be where.

* Fluke maintained his preparedness. By remaining to establish his abilities, he continued to be all set for those next chances– whatever, whenever and wherever they were.

Which’s the art of “The Fluke.” Best of luck!

Make certain to read today’s other visitor columnist, Michael Kennedy of South Point, to find out about the work of the Epicurean Charitable Structure. On Sunday, it’s “America’s Got Skill” champion and brand-new Linq Hotel headliner magician Mat Franco.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years offering readers the within scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Entertainment + Luxury Elder Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at VDLXEditorDon.


Just as unique as it’s well-known neighbors Caesar’s Palace and The Venetian, Harrah’s Las Vegas has been entertaining visitors considering that 1973. The 87,700-square foot gambling establishment is fulled of 1,520 slot machines and 107 pc gaming tables. Outside the gambling establishment, visitors have the ability to experience enjoyable in a street-fair environment at the Carnival Court, an outdoor lounge with live home entertainment (including the bartenders), food stands and outdoor shops.

At Harrah’s funny is King, which has never ever been more obvious then the comedy acts of Rita Rudner, the Mac King Comedy Magic Program and the Improv Comedy Club. After the show, guests are more than welcome to make fun of their buddies at The Piano Bar, well-known for its dueling pianos and karaoke. Most just recently, Harrah’s added tribute program “Legends in Performance” to its list of entertainment.

Restaurants like Ming’s offers Asian food, while Ruth’s Chris Steak House provides guests great steaks and fresh seafood. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar is a country-themed bar with a restaurant, live music and the occasional look from Keith himself.

3475 Las Vegas Blvd South Las Vegas, NV 89109.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *