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The Music Behind “Sun Records”
March 13, 2017 • 7:00 pm PDT
A CONVERSATION ON THE CREATION OF CMT’S NEW SERIES FEATURING LESLIE GREIF AND JONATHAN MCHUGH
Set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, “Sun Records” tells the untold story of nothing less than the birth of rock & roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound created by artists like Hank Snow (Rounder Recording artist Pokey LeFarge), Howlin’ Wolf (Keb’ Mo’) B.B. King( Malaco Recording artist Mr. Sipp), Johnny Bragg/Prisonaires (Darius Rucker) and Jackie Brenston (Motown Artist Malachie Warren), and changed the course of music forever. The series chronicles these young artists’ often jarring and sudden meteoric rise to fame in the face of sweeping political change and social unrest. The GRAMMY Museum is pleased to welcome “Sun Records” Executive Producer Leslie Greif and Talent Producer/Music Supervisor (and former Recording Academy Trustee) Jonathan McHugh to the Clive Davis Theater to discuss the creation and the music of CMT’s new series “Sun Records.” The evening will be hosted by GRAMMY Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman and will feature showings of clips from the series and musical performances from some of the “Sun Records” musicians/actors who make up the Million Dollar Quartet, including Rounder Recording artist Pokey LaFarge, who plays Hank Snow on the show