Million Dollar Quartet – Elvis Presley Million Dollar Quartet
December 1956, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis & Johnny Cash got together at Sun Records Studio and made history called the Million Dollar Quartet
The premiere of the 8-episode series, based on the Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” will mark the 60th anniversary of the famed “Million Dollar Quartet” jam session recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins in Dec. 1956.
CMT and Thinkfactory Media will begin a nationwide casting search for the roles of young Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, BB King, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins and other supporting characters beginning Feb. 3, with auditions to be held at the historic Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School, Presley’s alma mater, on February 13.
Million Dollar Quartet will capture the star-crossed Memphis moments which led to the most explosive pop culture movement of the 20th Century, the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” said Brian Philips, CMT president. “The characters are all larger-than-life, so casting is a daunting challenge, but we’re counting on the magic of Memphis to come alive again!
Million Dollar Quartet
Johnny Cash and Elvis
Million Dollar – Gospel Influences on Rock-n-Roll Gospel music was the major influence on Elvis’ interpretation of rock n roll. The Bible-Belt beginnings that differed little from Black allow him fuse two music cultures. Although the South enforced segregation, poor Whites mingled freely with the Black community because they lived in close proximity. Memphis Blacks were luckier than their Southern brothers were as they were allowed to perform to a mixed audience.
Beale Street had bars where Blacks performed to a mixed audience. In bars and on radio (Memphis radio broadcast Black music) was where Elvis listened and learnt. What made Elvis’ Rock-n-Roll Different? Elvis made a greater impact because he was a White man that sounded Black.
Compared to Frank Sinatra who crooned his way into your heart, Elvis reflected the teenage sexual energy that made a connection with a whole generation. What made Elvis unique was his attitude.
Million Dollar – He was a rebel with a cause that parents loved to hate – enough reason for most teenagers to embrace Elvis. His music in context of middle American 50’s values was a timely coincidence, and what his generated craved. An idol that reflected rebelliousness defied authority, while demanding we don’t step on his blue suede shoes.