NASHVILLE — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) commended the City of Memphis, Memphis Film Commission and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today for landing CMT’s television series, “Million Dollar Quartet,” which will begin production in Memphis next month.
The project will create 160 jobs over 165 production days.
The series is based on the untold story of Sam Phillips and the early days of Sun Records in Memphis where the original studio still stands.
It will include the evolution of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins who collaborated in an infamous recording session at Sun Studios 60 years ago. Now called “Million Dollar Quartet,” the sessions are considered seminal in the birth of rock ‘n roll.
“This means jobs in Memphis, but the economic potential from leveraging our heritage, history and tourism is also significant,” said Norris.
“It’s the 60th Anniversary of this historic event in the evolution of music, the birth of rock ‘n roll, in America. It happened in Memphis. Memphis competed with other cities in other states for the distinction of hosting this production. Memphis earned this honor,” said Norris.
The projected direct economic impact according to economic development officials is $17.2 million; $10 million in wages and $7 million in vendor sales and other expenditures.