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"Sun Records" Jam Session

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Sneak Peek the Cmt Original dramatic TV series "Sun Records" (aka "Million Dollar Quartet") airing February, 23 2017, starring Drake Milligan as 'Elvis Presley', Trevor Donovan as 'Eddy Arnold', Kevin Fontaine as 'Johnny Cash', Christian Lees as 'Jerry Lee Lewis', Billy Gardell as 'Colonel Tom Parker' and a whole lot more:

"...in a dramatic recreation from one of the world's greatest jam sessions, December 4th, 1956, the career of 'Carl Perkins' was flying high from his hit 'Blue Suede Shoes'.

"New to the scene, 'Jerry Lee Lewis' is brought in to work on a new song with Perkins. Then 'Elvis Presley' and country 'Johnny Cash' stop by the studio for a visit.

The songs they sang on that epic day became the concept for an inventive retelling of their impromptu recording session..."

Cast also includes Jonah Lees as 'Jimmy Swaggart',
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Sun Records Trailer: Elvis, Johnny Cash and More Legends Are Born on Cmt

Sun Records Trailer: Elvis, Johnny Cash and More Legends Are Born on Cmt
Chad Michael Murray is feeling (and making!) the music in a new trailer for Cmt’s Sun Records.

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Premiering Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10/9c, the drama stars Murray (One Tree Hill, Agent Carter) as real-life music producer Sam Phillips, the man responsible for setting rockers like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash on their respective paths to superstardom.

Set in Memphis during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, Sun Records “tells the untold story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.” Additional faces you can
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TVLine Items: Warren Christie Joins USA Drama, Khloe Cancelled and More

USA Network’s upcoming crime thriller Eyewitness has found its murderous male lead in Chicago Fire actor Warren Christie, TVLine has learned.

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Adapted from the Norwegian drama Øyevitne, the series explores a grisly crime from the perspective of those who saw it happen. Christie will co-star as Ryan Kane, who, after committing a series of passion-fueled murders, will do anything possible to escape detection. As he hunts for the two eyewitnesses and attempts to mislead Sheriff Helen Torrance, a sinister game of cat-and-mouse ensues.

Christie — whose TV credits also include Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,
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Trevor Donovan Boards Cmt's Million Dollar Quartet

Trevor DonovanJL Ranch, Texas Rising is set to join the cast of Cmt's new scripted drama Million Dollar Quartet working title as Eddy Arnold, country music and pop phenomenon with 85 million records sold and 28 No. 1 hits during his 60 year career. The son of a sharecropper, Arnold's inimitable baritone voice brought country to the masses, and made him the most popular country artist of the 20thcentury with hits including Make The World Go Away. Arnold and Elvis Presley shared much in common throughout their careers, including manager Colonel Tom Parker. Arnold has been cited as having profound influence on Elvis, who cut a number of his songs over the years. He also ranked among Cmt's list of 'The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.'
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‘Million Dollar Quartet’ Casts Trevor Donovan; Jamie Bamber Joins ‘Model Woman’

90210 alum Trevor Donovan has been cast in Million Dollar Quartet (working title), Cmt's upcoming eight-episode scripted drama inspired by the Broadway musical. Produced by Leslie Greif and directed by Roland Joffé, Million Dollar Quartet is a period drama timed to the historic 60th anniversary of the famous recording sessions featuring icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Donovan will play Eddy Arnold, one of the most popular country…
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Listen: Tom Hiddleston Sings Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin" Plus Full Soundtrack Details For 'I Saw The Light'

Moved from a planned awards-season contending fall reason to this spring, it's likely that the lukewarm reviews for "I Saw The Light" compelled Sony Pictures Classics to change their game plan. But that doesn't change the fact that it has Tom Hiddleston doing a pretty good job singing Hank Williams tunes in the biopic about the hard livin' country legend. Read More: Review: 'I Saw The Light' Starring Tom Hiddleston And Elizabeth Olsen The full soundtrack for the movie has landed. In an addition to Hiddleston singing a handful of cuts, there are also some classic tunes by Eddy Arnold, Jo Stafford, The Delmore Brothers, Emmett Miller, and more. If you feel like gettin' your honky tonk on, this seems like it'll do the trick. The soundtrack drops on in stores the same day as the movie, March 25th. Full details and tunes below. "I Saw The Light
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The Men Who Would Be Hughes (Plus Hepburn and the end of Rko)

Howard Hughes movies (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in 'The Aviator') Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. Pt / 6 a.m. Et on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But what about "Howard Hughes movies"? Or rather, movies -- whether big-screen or made-for-television efforts -- featuring the visionary, eccentric, hypochondriac, compulsive-obsessive, all-American billionaire as a character? Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a dashing if somewhat unbalanced Hughes in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated The Aviator, other actors who have played Howard Hughes on film include the following: Tommy Lee Jones in William A. Graham's television movie The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), with Lee Purcell as silent film star Billie Dove, Tovah Feldshuh as Katharine Hepburn,
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Crooner Jerry Vale Dies at 83

Crooner Jerry Vale Dies at 83
Jerry Vale, the popular Italian-American velvet-voiced crooner of the 1950s and '60s, died Sunday in the Palm Springs area, Kesq-tv reported. He was 83. A tenor with a smooth, polished delivery, Vale was a longtime fixture at Columbia Records who recorded more than 50 albums and hundreds of songs. He first hit the charts in 1953 with “You Can Never Give Me Back My Heart” (arranged by Percy Faith and his orchestra). His other enchanting hits included "Volare," "Al Di La," “Two Purple Shadows,” a cover of Eddy Arnold's “You Don’t Know Me,” “I

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The Longest Hit Of All Time

The Longest Hit Of All Time
Florida Georgia Line broke a country music record this week. The duo, made up of Floridian Brian Kelley and Georgian Tyler Hubbard, just reached new heights with their hit single, "Cruise."

Originally released last August, "Cruise" has now spent a total of 22 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, the most for any song in charted history. Billboard reports that "Cruise" beat out some major contenders for the title: Eddy Arnold's "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)" spent 21 weeks at No. 1 between 1947 and 1948, Hank Snow's "I'm Moving On," also at 21 weeks in 1950, and Webb Pierce's "In the Jailhouse Now," which matched the total in 1955.

Florida Georgia Line debuted "Cruise" as a part of the band's 2012 Ep, "It'z Just What We Do." The track later appeared on Florida Georgia Line's debut studio album, "Here's to the Good Times,
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Video Premiere: Alejandro Escovedo - "It's A Sin"

Plowboy Records recently released You Don’t Know Me, an Eddy Arnold tribute album featuring appearances from artists like Frank Black, Bobby Bare, Jr. and Alejandro Escovedo. Produced by Cheetah Chrome, the album celebrates Arnold’s 70-year career. “Eddy Arnold was always a household favorite,” said Escovedo. “My father was a lover of crooners and great voices. My mother loved him, too. He was one of those guys playing in our house all the time, along with Sinatra and Nat King Cole. We heard his voice a lot.” Escovedo chose to record the track “It’s A Sin.” “‘Its A Sin’ is one...
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Slim Whitman obituary

Yodelling country singer best known for Rose Marie and Indian Love Call

The singer Slim Whitman, who has died aged 90, was a noteworthy figure in country music, since, although he was hugely popular outside the Us, for most of his career he was almost forgotten in his own country. In the 1970s, two decades after his American heyday, he still commanded enough of a following in the UK to be voted the No 1 international star in a music poll – four times.

Much of the reason for his success outside the Us was his high, clear, strong singing and almost operatic yodelling, characteristics that several generations in Britain, Australia and South Africa have assimilated into their notions and fantasies of the old west of America. One of Whitman's chief models was Wilf Carter, a Nova Scotian yodeller and singer of cowboy songs who was popular throughout north America in the 30s
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Member Of Jordanaires Dies At 88

Member Of Jordanaires Dies At 88
Nashville, Tenn. — Gordon Stoker, a member of The Jordanaires vocal group that backed Elvis Presley, died Wednesday. He was 88.

His son, Alan, told The Associated Press that Stoker died at his home in Brentwood, Tenn., after a lengthy illness. Stoker, who was born in Gleason, Tenn., got his start playing the piano on Wsm radio and its signature show, the Grand Ole Opry.

Alan Stoker said his father was just 15 when he started playing professionally. He joined the Jordanaires as a piano player, but then became tenor vocalist. The group was already well known for their gospel singing when Presley recruited them to perform on his recording of "Hound Dog," in 1956.

The Jordanaires originated in Missouri and came to Nashville, where they backed Red Foley on a segment of the Opry called the "Prince Albert Show," according to John Rumble, senior historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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Singer-Songwriter Joe South Dies At 72

Singer-Songwriter Joe South Dies At 72
Atlanta -- Singer-songwriter Joe South, who performed hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s such as "Games People Play" and "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" and also penned songs including "Down in the Boondocks" for other artists, died Wednesday, his music publisher said. South was 72.

South, whose real name was Joseph Souter, died at his home in Buford, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, according to Marion Merck of the Hall County Coroner's office. Merck said South died after having a heart attack.

"He's one of the greatest songwriters of all time," said Butch Lowery, president of the Lowery Group, which published South's music. "His songs have touched so many lives. He's such a wonderful guy and loved by many."

South worked as a session guitar player on recordings of some of the biggest names of the 1960s – Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, among others. But he had
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George Strait Tops Country Charts From the Past 25 Years

George Strait has topped a new list of country giants from the past 25 years. The singer beat Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw to the number one spot on Billboard's list of the top 25 country music artists of the past 25 years.

The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee has landed 44 tunes atop the Hot Country Songs chart, the most by any artist in the countdown's 64-year history. Only Eddy Arnold has scored more top 10 records with 92.

Strait is the only artist in Billboard's history to achieve top 10 singles in 30 consecutive years, from 1981 to 2010. The Top County Artists 1985-2010 ranking is based on performance on the weekly Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts.
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Kenny Chesney Wins Big at Acm Awards in Vegas

What happens in Vegas usually stays in Vegas. But this time Kenny Chesney might want to ignore that rule and tell all his friends about his night in Sin City. The singer won the coveted entertainer of the year award at the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night. "This one is really extra special because long before I had a hit record, the fans always came to the shows. And I want to thank you guys for voting and for being there for me," said Chesney when accepting his award, which fans voted on for the first time.
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