Rolling Stone Magazine Lists 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time

Songs Released On Sun Records:
#30. Johnny Cash – “I Walk The Line”
#61. Jerry Lee Lewis – “Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On”
#77. Elvis Presley – “Mystery Train”
#95. Carl Perkins – “Blue Suede Shoes”
#96. Jerry Lee Lewis – “Great Balls Of Fire”
#113. Elvis Presley – “That’s All Right”
#163. Johnny Cash – “Folsom Prison Blues”

Songs Released by Sun Entertainment Corporation:
#284. Dixie Cups – “Chapel Of Love”

Songs by Artists that started their career at Sun Records:
#19. Elvis Presley – “Hound Dog”
#45. Elvis Presley – “Heartbreak Hotel”
#67. Elvis Presley – “Jailhouse Rock”
#69. Roy Orbison – “Crying”
#87. Johnny Cash – “Ring Of Fire”
#91. Elvis Presley – “Suspicious Minds”
#185. B.B. King    - “The Thrill Is Gone”
#200. Elvis Presley – “Don’t Be Cruel”
#221. Howlin’ Wolf – “Spoonful”
#224. Roy Orbison – “Oh, Pretty Woman”
#234. Roy Orbison – “Only The Lonely”
#291. Howlin’ Wolf – “Smokestack Lightning”
#319. Roy Orbison – “In Dreams”
#361. Elvis Presley – “All Shook Up”
#403. Elvis Presley – “Can’t Help Falling In Love”
#430. Elvis Presley – “Blue Suede Shoes”
#444. Elvis Presley – “Love Me Tender”

Original Sun Records Releases on HDTracks.com

Sun fans get ready to hear things you’ve never heard before.

We’re currently in the process of releasing the Sun catalog via HDTracks.com. This is their mission statement:

HDtracks is the premiere online music store for audiophiles who demand the best sounding music.  As consumers are left with few options to purchase high quality recordings, HDtracks was founded to fill the void.  It is our purpose to allow our customers access to the largest online library of DRM-free CD and DVD-Audio quality downloads complete with liner notes in a PDF format.

We believe a great recording is not only the tracks of sound, but also the creative collaboration of composers, producers, musicians, recording engineers, annotation writers, and visual artists.  We feel strongly that not only everyone involved in the creative process is recognized for their work, but that music consumers be able to learn about the people involved in the production of the music and therefore participate in a deeper understanding of the music.  HDtracks provides audiophiles who demand the highest quality recordings with an online experience not available anywhere else.

For this project we are painstakingly making new transfers form the original Sun Masters. We’ve eliminated phase cancellation issues that have been present in previous transfers and brought a new level of clarity and depth to these recordings. Basically, by going back to the very first generation master, and then adjusting for each song individually, we’re able to play these tapes back just as if you were sitting in the control room with Sam Phillips listening from the very same machine used to make the tape.

There are currently three Sun Records titles available, and more are on the way. Go to HDTracks.com and have a listen for yourself!

Roy Orbison’s 74th Birthday

This April 23, 2010 in celebration of Roy Orbison’s 74th birthday, the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville will host a benefit bash for the wonderful charity Musicians On Call.  Barbara Orbison will be joined by family, friends and fans as musicians including Harold Bradley & Mallary Hope, Rodney Crowell, Chris Rodriguez & Eden’s Edge, Jeffrey Steele, JD Souther, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, plus Surprise Guests perform songs spanning Roy’s 5 decade career. The acclaimed Texan was a pioneer of rock and roll and is one of the very few artists to have been accepted by the world in all forms of popular music. Roy is also one of the exceptional artists to have won Grammys in pop, rock and roll and country categories. His Hits, including Ooby Dooby, Oh Pretty Woman, Only The Lonely, Blue Bayou, Crying, It’s Over, In Dreams, You Got It and Handle with Care (as a Traveling Wilbury with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne) is woven into the fabric of our global psyche, forever living in our hearts and our minds and capturing the imagination of new fans daily. Funds raised through the event will create a dedicated “Roy Orbison” program at the Bordeaux Long Term Care Facility.

The Hard Rock Cafes of Texas, including Dallas, Houston and San Antonio will honor their native son with a limited edition giveaway of Roy’s trademark dark sunglasses and limited edition sunglass-pins. While the Hard Rock Cafes around the world will be playing Roy’s music and videos in all their locations.

On the eve of Roy’s birthday, the Nashville Sounds Baseball Club (Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers) has declared their April 22, 2010 game vs. the Oklahoma RedHawks Taco Bell Throw Back Thursday and Roy Orbison Night at historic Greer Stadium in Nashville.  Fans are encouraged to wear their best Roy memorabilia.  The first 1,000 fans will receive a pair of Roy Orbison sunglasses.  The Sounds will hold special in-game promotions where lucky winners will receive the Roy Orbison Soul Of Rock and Roll Box Set and a bottle of Pretty Woman Perfume. Sounds mascot Ozzie will present the “Pretty Woman of the Game.”  Barbara Orbison will throw the first pitch and Gibson will donate a limited edition Pretty Woman guitar.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com or by calling 615-690-HITS.

Launching the week of April 23, Gibson Epiphone will initiate a photo campaign of iconic images wearing Roy’s trademark glasses; which will climax on Roy’s birthday with a classic photo of the Big O himself on the Jumbotron in Times Square.

In addition, TouchTunes Interactive Networks, the largest interactive in-venue entertainment network in North America, will promote a special 2 week long birthday playlist featuring over 20 hits dedicated to the rock legend.

To find out more and how you can participate please visit the official Roy Orbison website, www.royorbison.com and join the party! As Barbara Orbison would say, “Thank you for loving Roy.”

Or contact Elizabeth Freund: elizabeth@beautifuldaymedia.com 718-522-5858

*ABOUT MUSICIANS ON CALL

Musicians On Call was founded in 1999 with the mission of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. To date, volunteers have played for over 185 ,000 people nationwide. Musicians On Call continues its mission through room-to-room hospital performances by both local musicians and national celebrities, and its CD Pharmacies and Project Playback programs. For additional information on Musicians On Call please visit, http://www.musiciansoncall.org/

Million Dollar Quartet – LIVE

“Great balls of fire! Here’s a hit. A palpable hit.”

Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - THE NEW MUSICAL

Book By COLIN ESCOTT and FLOYD MUTRUX

Original Concept and Direction By FLOYD MUTRUX

Featuring EDDIE CLENDENING, LANCE GUEST, LEVI KREIS, & ROBERT BRITTON LYONS with ELIZABETH STANLEY and HUNTER FOSTER

Directed by ERIC SCHAEFFER

Official opening on April 11, 2010 At Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, a new musical, is currently in previews at Broadway‘s Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street) with an official opening on Sunday, April 11.The cast includes Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Hunter Foster (Sam Phillips) and Elizabeth Stanley (Dyanne).

On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records‘ storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the ―Father of Rock and Roll,  who discovered them all. The four young musicians united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.

Inspired by the actual event, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features a treasure trove of the greatest rock and roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these musicians, including such iconic songs as Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, Sixteen Tons, Who Do You Love?, Great Balls of Fire, Riders in the Sky, I Walk the Line, Folsom Prison Blues, and Whole Lotta Shakin‘ Goin‘ On. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry‘s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is directed by Eric Schaeffer, features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, and was originally directed and conceived by Mutrux. The design team for Broadway includes: Derek McLane (scenic design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Kai Harada (sound design) and Chuck Mead (musical arrangements and supervision).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, Broadway Across America, and James L. Nederlander.

For information about the Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com .

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TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are available online www.TicketMaster.com , by calling 212-307-4100, or by visiting the Nederlander Box Office (208 West 41st Street).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET‘s performance schedule is Tuesday at 8 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Beginning Tuesday, April 13 the performance schedule will be Tuesday at 7PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com
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Happy Birthday To The Man In Black

This week should really have been designated Johnny Cash week since so much has been happening with the Man In Black. Today (Feb. 26th) would have been Johnny’s 78th birthday. To celebrate, all of his fans are dressed in black. Here in Nashville it looks like the entire city is in mourning, but in fact, we’re all excited and proud. This week Lost Highway Records (some of our favorite people in town) released his final album, American VI: Ain’t No Grave. It was recorded just before he left us to be with his June. We can’t say enough about how good it is. The album is fantastic, go get it. It’s perfect, to say anything less would be a lie.

While Lost Highway released Cash’s last album, it was Sun Records that released his first. Have a listen to Johnny’s first album, and the first LP ever released on Sun Records, “With His Hot And Blue Guitar“. You can hear it on  Lala.com, iTunes, or Amazon.com.

With His Hot And Blue Guitar - Album Cover

Johnny Cash - "With His Hot And Blue Guitar"

In other Cash news, two days ago Apple’s iTunes Music Store marked a major milestone with the sale of their 10 billionth song, the title was, fittingly, Johnny Cash’s Sun Records hit, “Guess Things Happen That Way”. It wasn’t that crap people call “Rock” or “Pop” nowadays… It wasn’t R&B, Rap, Hip-Hop… or some corporate made music that was created with no heart and a lot of marketing dollars, it was Johnny Cash.

The music lover with good taste was Louie Sulcer, a 71-year-old from Woodstock, Ga. The retired grandfather of nine was given an iPod Nano as a birthday gift last October. The purchase makes Mr. Sulcer the winner of the iTunes Countdown to 10 Billion Songs, and he received a $10,000 iTunes gift card from Apple.

Sulcer told CBS News, “The phone rang, my wife looked at it, and it said ‘Apple.’”  He almost hung up when he heard what the caller said.

Sulcer said he heard, “Congratulations this is Steve Jobs, of Apple. And I said, ‘Right. You’re not Steve Jobs.’”

But it was. And Jobs wasn’t the only famous name on the line. Sulcer said Jobs told him, “‘I want to introduce Mrs. Rosanne cash to you – Johnny Cash’s daughter. She said, ‘We’re so proud that the winning pick was one of my dad’s songs.’” She then put her husband, the musician John Leventhal, on the phone to play the winning song.

So Happy Birthday Johnny, from all of us here at Sun Records. We miss you dearly. We’ll raise a glass to you tonight, in memory of The Man In Black.

Johnny Cash’s “Guess Things Happen That Way” is iTune’s 10 Billionth Download

Apple’s iTunes Store hit a landmark on Wednesday with the download of its 10 billionth song, which happened to be the Sun Records classic, “Guess Things Happen That Way”, by Johnny Cash.

The song was downloaded by Louie Sulcer, who will receive a $10,000 gift card from Apple.

We couldn’t be more proud of Louie for his great taste in music.

Rock-a-billy on!

The Sun Crew

Shelby Singleton to be honored on the Grammy Telecast Sunday Night

Shelby Singleton, former Chairman of Sun Entertainment, will be honored in the “In Memoriam” segment of the 52nd Grammy Awards, which air live on CBS on January 31st.

The Recording Academy is paying tribute to the men and women that passed away in the last year, by acknowledging their impact on the music industry.

You can read about (some of) Shelby’s achievements on another post here.

Kix 96′s Johnny Law’s New Tattoo

This year during Johnny Law’s food drive, he said that if anyone donated 5,000 lbs of food or more he would get a tattoo of their name or company logo on his body. So to help out the families in need during the holidays the owner of big river broadcasting, Jerry Phillips, personally donated 5,000 lbs of food!

See more pics here: Kix96

Do YOU have a Sun Records tattoo? We know of quite a few, let’s see yours! Post in the comments!