5 Things You Didn't Know About the Memphis Music Scene


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The story of the delivery of rock & roll is being retold within the eight-part collection, Solar Data, which premiered February 23rd on CMT. Developed underneath the working title, Million Greenback Quartet, and tailored from that Tony Award-winning jukebox musical, the music-fueled Solar Data charts the meteoric rise of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Money, Carl Perkins and a handful of different performers whose early recording periods happened with charismatic Memphis Recording Service and Solar Data founder Sam Phillips on the helm. Right here, 5 extra information you might not find out about Memphis' legendary music scene.

"The Birthplace of Rock & Roll" serves a imply milkshake.
Lisa Gill, a studio worker since 1994, is understood regionally as "The Worldwide Milkshake Maker," serving a choice of shakes out of Solar Studio's foyer.

Though a longtime blues city, Memphis' musical historical past is way extra colourful.
Huge Star, Justin Timberlake, Lucero and Isaac Hayes all kickstarted their careers in Memphis, a metropolis extra historically recognized for blues exports like B.B. King.

The primary-ever rock & roll present was held in Memphis.
A July 1954 efficiency by Elvis Presley on the Levitt Shell is extensively thought-about to be the first-ever rock & roll live performance.

Native radio station WDIA was the primary station in the whole nation not to make use of white DJs.
In 1948, WDIA started airing the Tan City Jubilee program, the nation's first radio present to focus on African-American listeners. At its peak, all WDIA's radio hosts have been black — together with a younger B.B. King.

"Inexperienced Onions," Booker T. and the MG's immortal instrumental, was recorded as an afterthought throughout a Stax session.
Whereas ready for Solar Data artist Billy Lee Riley to point out as much as a session, the hotshot home band for Stax reduce two tunes of their very own, with "Inexperienced Onions" turning into successful.