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New Video Highlights Memphis Music and "MEMPHIS: The Musical"

April 15, 2013

The main inspiration for the 2010 "Best Musical" Tony award-winner "MEMPHIS: The Musical" is local Memphis DJ and rock 'n' roll pioneer Dewey Phillips. In a new video posted by the Memphis Orpheum, Memphis music experts share stories about the legendary DJ, including the first time Elvis' music was played on WHBQ radio.

Phillips briefly hosted an afternoon program on WHBQ in the mid-1950s. He was known for playing a great deal of rhythm and blues, country, and jazz, including several Sun Records artists. One of his most legendary moments came in July of 1954, when he interviewed a young Elvis Presley and played his debut record "That's All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky."  

"MEMPHIS: The Musical" features the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis and bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.

Experience "MEMPHIS: The Musical" at the Orpheum Theatre on April 23 - 28, 2013. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting While you are in Memphis, don't forget to save big on your rock 'n' roll pilgrimage to Graceland by checking out several new specials and packages on!