MINISERIES PREMIERE: In the well-known Lovin’ Spoonful song “Nashville Cats,” songwriter and lead singer John Sebastian sang about all the great guitar pickers in that city, and all the great music emanating from there. He also sang about falling in love with the dynamic new rockabilly, country, and rock and roll songs played on the radio in the early 1950s, and noting that the disc jockey informed him that “Every one is a Yellow Sun record from Nashville.” Well, either the deejay or Sebastian was wrong, because those Yellow Sun records – featuring the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and others – came not from Nashville, but from Memphis. The song should have been called “Memphis Cats,” and would have played just as well, at least syllablically (if that's a word). Well, this new dramatic miniseries hopes to set the record, and the records, straight. It tells the story of the founding of Sun Records by Sam Phillips (played by Chad Michael Murray), in this music-filled miniseries, based on the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet.
Starring, and pictured from left, are Kevin Fonteyne as Johnny Cash, Kerry Holiday as Ike Turner, Drake Milligan as Elvis Presley, Dustin Ingram as Carl Perkins, and Christian Lees as Jerry Lee Lewis. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.