Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Million Dollar Quartet

Elvis got his start at Sun Records in Memphis.  The story goes, Elvis recorded some gospel ballads that didn't go anywhere, then when he was about to give up, he jammed with a song called "That's Allright Mama", recorded it on a whim and it became Elvis' first hit.

Sun Records shut down for a period in the 80's-90's due to the big studios having more clout and ability to market stars. Elvis contract was sold to RCA. Now Sun Studios has reopened for tours and you, too, can record your own song, with the SUN Label (for a fee of course!).  Yes, you can even stand where Elvis recorded his famous hits.

Elvis wasn't the only star that Sun Studios made.  Some others that recorded their music there are Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis B.B. King and Ike and Tina Turner. There is a terrific musical in Chicago and London, called the Million Dollar Quartet, covering the history of 4 stars in their day, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

I have seen it once, but am going back to take a friend in a couple of weeks.  She will be humming the tunes with me, I know! 

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