CMT’s new series about legendary producer Sam Phillips, Sun Records, chronicles the birth of rock & roll by spotlighting the early careers of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. Kevin Fonteyne stars as the future Man in Black, who had his first success with Phillips at his iconic Memphis recording studio. Ahead of Sun Records‘ February 23rd premiere, here are five things you didn’t know about its most famous artist.
The song is partially plagiarized.
Cash cribbed from Gordon Jenkins’ “Crescent City Blues,” which includes the opening line “I hear the train a’comin’; it’s rollin’ ’round the bend.” Cash forked over a reported $100,000 after Jenkins sued him for copyright infringement.