Recognised worldwide as the birthplace of rock and roll, Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, is famed for discovering the pioneers of rock ’n’ roll, namely Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.
The story of Sun Records has been the subject of TV documentaries, books and even stage shows. However, the only way to capture the ground breaking music that emanated from the famed recording studio is with a live concert dedicated to the artists who helped put it on the map.
Officially endorsed and licensed by the Sun Record Corporation, the brand-new Sun Records Concert Show has embarked on a UK-wide tour and is coming to The New Theatre in Oxford on July 14.
“During the Fifties, the trailblazing Sun studio created the songs that became the template of rock ’n’ roll,” says producer of the show, Pete Tobit.
He said: “That’s Alright Mama, Great Balls of Fire, I Walk the Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’, Blue Suede Shoes and Good Rockin’ Tonight were all original Sun recordings.
“Musical visionary Sam Phillips crafted the distinctive sound we know and love today from gospel, blues, hillbilly, country, boogie and western swing.
“The Sun Records Concert Show takes the audience right inside the studio where the magic happened and lets the music do the talking.”
The fast-moving production has been rehearsed in an exact replica of the Sun Recording studios. It features the original musical instruments of the era and alongside a youthful cast of consummate musicians.
John Singleton, president –of the Sun Entertainment Corporation said: “From the record label that invented rock ’n’ roll, The Sun Records Concert Show is the only production officially endorsed by Sun Records.
“Sam Philips’ recorded the ‘perfect imperfection’ of music. . . how songs were meant to sound live on stage. The Sun Records Concert Show captures that perfect imperfection perfectly – in a two-hour spectacular that’ll leave you calling out for more!”
Ticket prices start from £22 and are available from the box office on 0844 871 3020 or by visiting atgtickets.com.