Monday, September 23, 2019 06:56 PM

FIT FOR A KING - ELVIS' INDUCTION INTO THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

The first call I made was to the administrative offices of Graceland, Elvis estate in Memphis, to members of the marketing team who regularly came to Nashville to promote it with a booth at Fan Fair, now known as CMA Fest[1]. In addition to the show presentation, we would also have a special section in theCMA Awards[2]program book recognizing each inductee. We decided to approach Sam Phillips about writing a tribute piece to Elvis. As the legendary producer behindSun Records[3],Phillips launched a musical revolution with Elvis and Johnny Cashs first recordings, among others. This story plays out in Episode 4, I Cant Stop Loving You, ofCountry Music.

References^ CMA Fest (www.cmafest.com)^ CMA Awards (www.cmaawards.com)^ Sun Records (www.sunrecords.com)

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