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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

12 JOHNNY CASH FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Think you know Johnny Cash? Think again! Here’s 12 things you probably never knew about “The Man in Black”…

1. Johnny Cash started his first band whilst serving in the US Air Force, they were known as “The Landsberg Barbarians”.

2. He originally auditioned for Sun Records with gospel songs but was turned down. He later returned with rockabilly music which won him a record contract.

3. Cash has been inducted into the Country Music, Rock & Roll and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

4. He was born J.R. Cash but had to change his name when he enlisted in the US Air Force as initials were not permitted as a first name.

5. Music runs in his family, his brother Tommy Cash also became a successful country artist, and his children Rosanne and John have music careers of their own.

6. He was taught guitar by his mother as well as a childhood friend and began playing and writing songs when he was just 12 years old.

 
Sky Seals as Johnny Cash in our Production!

 

10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT JERRY LEE LEWIS .

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Goodness Gracious! We bet you never knew some of these facts about Million Dollar Quartet artist Jerry Lee Lewis…

1. Jerry Lee Lewis began playing the piano at just 7 years old. His parents mortgaged their farm to be able to buy him his very own piano to practice on.
2. Jerry Lee Lewis is almost entirely self-taught.
3. As a young performer, he sometimes played the piano with his feet!
4. The original Sun records cut off one of Jerry Lee Lewis’ most famous tracks, “Great Balls of Fire” appears in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

5. Jerry Lee Lewis was the 7th person to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

6. In his ranch in Memphis, he has a swimming pool shaped like a piano.

7. He has a dozen gold records in both Rock and Country music genres.

8. In 1989, a movie was created chronicling his life entitled “Great Balls of Fire” starring Dennis Quaid as Jerry.

9. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

10. He is the last surviving member of the Million Dollar Quartet.

   
Dominique Scott as Jerry Lee Lewis in our production!

12 REMARKABLE FACTS ABOUT ELVIS PRESLEY

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Elvis Presley
You may well know that Elvis Presley was nicknamed “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, or that he released numerous hits including “Hound Dog”, “Heartbreak Hotel” and “All Shook Up”. Today we’re taking a look at some less famous facts about The King which we bet you never knew!

1. Elvis was 6 feet tall and wore a size 11 shoe.

2. His first public performance was at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy show, where he sang dressed as a cowboy at just 10 years old.

3. Elvis got his first guitar at age 11.

4. At High School, Elvis’ music teacher told him he had “no aptitude for singing”, he failed the subject and never learned to read music, playing everything by ear.

5. Elvis had 18 number 1’s and 38 top 10 hits in the USA.

6. Elvis was a black belt in Karate and was promoted to an honorary 8th degree black belt in 1974.

7. He recorded 15 songs with the word “blue” in the title.

8. Elvis’ favourite sandwich was peanut butter, banana, bacon and honey.

9. Elvis wasn’t just a musician, he also made 31 movies in his career including “Love Me Tender” and “Viva Las Vegas”.

Ari McKay Wilford as Elvis Presley in our production.

10 INCREDIBLE FACTS ABOUT CARL PERKINS

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Carl Perkins, was nicknamed the “King of Rockabilly”. We’re taking a look at some interesting facts about the man behind “Blue Suede Shoes"

1. When he was young, his father created a makeshift guitar for him from a cigar box and a broomstick until he could afford to buy his own second-hand, dented and scratched guitar for just a few dollars.

2. His best known song is “Blue Suede Shoes”, released in 1956 reaching number 1 in the US Country chart, number 2 in the Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 in the British charts. The song was inspired by seeing a man getting angry at his date for scuffing up his shoes whilst dancing.

3. The Beatles were heavily influenced by Carl Perkins’ work, Paul McCartney was even quoted saying “if there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles.”

4. Carl Perkins has been inducted into many Halls of Fame including:

-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

-The Rockabilly Hall of Fame

-The Memphis Music Hall of Fame

-Recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

5. As a child, Perkins worked in the cotton fields in Tennessee with his brother, earning 50 cents a day.

6. Perkins was a member of the Lake County Fourth Grade Marching Band.

7. In his early career, he played the local circuit in a band with his brothers.

8. Carl Perkins auditioned for Sun Records in 1954, impressing Sam Phillips and signing to the label.

9. He often played shows alongside Elvis Presley.

10. On the day that Carl Perkins recorded rockabilly classic “Matchbox”, Elvis Presley visited Sun Records as well as Jerry lee Lewis and Johnny Cash where they all had an iconic jam session. They were later dubbed the Million Dollar Quartet.

 
 John Michael Presney as Carl Perkins in Our Production.