Million Dollar Quartet tv series

Million Dollar Quartet tv series

Postby lucio » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:51 am

Looks like there may be a tv series on the Million $ Quartet. ... 28131.html

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ television series to shoot in Memphis

The only thing predictable about Elvis is that he's unpredictable. On Tuesday, December 4, 1956, Carl Perkins (second from left) was cutting some new records at Sam Phillips' Sun Record studio on Union at Marshall. Elvis Presley dropped in. So did Johnny Cash (right). Jerry Lee Lewis (left) was already there. Elvis headed for the piano, and an old-fashioned barrelhouse session with barbershop harmony resulted. Accompanying Elvis was his houseguest (not pictured) Marilyn Evans, 19, a dancer at the New Frontier in Las Vegas. (The Commercial Appeal files)
By Bob Mehr and John Beifuss of The Commercial Appeal
5:01 p.m.

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Sam Phillips and Elvis Presley on December 4, 1956, when Elvis dropped by Phillips' studio and joined Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis for an impromptu jam that would become known as “The Million Dollar Quartet” session. On July 5, 1954, the trio of Elvis, Bill Black and Scotty Moore played for Sam Phillips in the studio of Memphis Recording Service (later Sun Studio). They started playing around 7 p.m. Around midnight, after hours of a mundane session, they took a break. Elvis started fooling around and singing the Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup song "That's All Right (Mama)." Phillips heard the trio playing and loved what he heard. They worked on the song a few times late into the night until Sam had a hit. (Courtesy Phillips Family Archives)

Viacom's Nashville-based CMT network is expected to formally announce tomorrow the filming of an eight-episode television adaptation of "Million Dollar Quartet," the Broadway musical about Memphis' Sun Records. According to sources familiar with the project, the production will be based in Memphis and could spend up to six months shooting in the city.

Filming is expected to begin in early spring, but preproduction has been ongoing for several weeks. An ambitious period piece, the project would be the biggest film or television production in Memphis in many years, and was made possible by the use of state funding incentives for filmmaking, which kept the production in Tennessee, although Louisiana also was competing for the series.

As part of the announcement, the Tennessee's Department of Economic and Community Development is also expected to confirm details of an incentive package for the project. During a luncheon hosted by the Memphis Rotary Club today, the state's economic development commissioner Randy Boyd told a group of local business and community leaders to expect a major announcement involving the city tomorrow, but did not disclose specifics.

The shooting could generate significant job opportunities. Officials with Sun Studios — the historic home of Sun Records — confirmed they have met with producers of the "Million Dollar Quarter" show, but that there were no current plans to film scenes at the studio. Instead, sets will be constructed in a Downtown warehouse, which will serve as a soundstage for some interior scenes. Close to 50 locations around town will be needed, as well as vintage cars.

The series will be a scripted drama that depicts the lives of young Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, in and around Memphis in the 1950s, in the time leading up to the historic 1956 meeting of the so-called Million Dollar Quartet at Sun Studios. Such figures as Sun founder Sam Phillips, associate Marion Keisker and various blues singers will be characters. Most of the main actors have yet to be cast.

The "Million Dollar Quartet" series is being executive produced by Leslie Greif and Gil Grant. Greif's credits include reality shows such as "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels" and the miniseries "The Hatfields & McCoys." Grant served as an executive and consulting producer on the hit police dramas "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles." Sun Records historian Colin Escott, who co-wrote the book for the Broadway version of "Million Dollar Quartet," will serve as a producer as well.

The program's musical director is Chuck Mead, best known for his work with roots-country band BR5-49 and as an arranger for the stage show of "Million Dollar Quartet. The score and recordings for the show are expected to be cut by Mead and musicians in Nashville.

The synopsis for the television series, sent out as part of its casting notice in late 2015, characterizes the narrative as "the story of nothing less than the creation of rock 'n' roll. We see the new music unfold, changing society, paving the way for racial integration. Set in Memphis, Tennessee, it's the story of Sam Phillips, a struggling audio engineer who has a dream of starting his own record label."

The series will document Sun Records' transition from a black, blues-based label to becoming a force in rock and roll with the arrival of Elvis Presley. "Phillips signed him, promoted him in the face of ridicule and hostility, but was soon forced to sell his contract to RCA to keep afloat," according to the synopsis. "He used the proceeds to promote Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes.' Then he discovered Jerry Lee Lewis. The music that Phillips nurtured is the defining sound of modern times, still the foundation of contemporary popular music."

Though not involved formally with the project, the family of the late Sam Phillips is aware of the production. Jerry Phillips, one of Sam's two sons, confirmed that he and his brother Knox had been in contact with producers and requested to see a treatment for the proposed TV adaptation.

Sam Phillips' legacy has enjoyed a renaissance over the past year. He's currently the subject of a major exhibit chronicling his life at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, and a critically hailed biography by author Peter Guralnick. The family-owned Madison Avenue studio bearing his name, the Sam Phillips Recording Service, has also been undergoing major renovations and improvements during recent months.

The first local casting call for the series probably will be the weekend of Feb. 12.

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