Sun Records Story coming to Delhi - Delhi News-Record - Ontario, CA

Posted By Kaitlin Doherty — Delhi News-Record

The classic ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Sun Records Story’ is coming to Delhi’s Backstage Capitol Theatre.

The setting is July 1954 in Memphis Tennessee, and a 19-year-old unknown musician named Elvis Presley walks into a storefront recording studio named Sun Records to demo some songs for label owner, Sam Phillips.

After a few mediocre attempts at singing ballads, Presley sings an old blues song called “That’s All Right,” but putting his own twist on the classic, rocks the song with unique flavour. The result would come to be known as “Rockabilly” music, which would later be known around the world as rock and roll.

Elvis’ success on Sun Records garnered attention throughout the southern United Stated and soon, talent was exploding out of the label’s door.

Between 1954 and 1956, Phillips launched careers of Johnny Cash known as The Man in Black, who had hits including “I Walk the Line,” and “Folsom Prison Blues,” Carl Perkins whose famous hit was “Blue Suede Shoes,” Jerry Lee Lewis, the bogie-woogie piano master who recorded legendary tracks “Great Balls of Fire,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,” and Roy Orbison, who scored an early rock’n’roll hit with “Ooby Dooby.”

This amazingly true story is now being re-told in a musical play that is currently touring major venues across North America and making a stop at the Delhi Backstage Capitol Theatre for two shows on Oct. 3.

The Backstage Capitol Theatre is excited to land this show for local audiences.

“’Good Rockin’ Tonight’ is an incredible show for the whole family, full of laughs and great music, and we’re thrilled to bring a show of this caliber to Delhi,” said theatre owner Jeff Maerten.

The two-act musical stars several notable Canadian musicians including Bill Culp, who plays Carl Perkins, Dave Tufford, acting as Jerry Lee Lewis, country crooner Jim Yorfido playing Johnny Cash and Djino Lefrancois as Elvis and Kevin Jollimore as Sam Phillips.

“As veteran musicians with our own careers, we have all serperately played music in our live shows over the years, so it’s a very natural and logical thing for us to do. Plus, we all firmly believe that the Sun Records Story is an important tale to tell… it was an incredible period for music,” said Culp. “This is a great combination of music and acting that is great for people of all ages who love Johnny Cash and Elvis tunes as well as musical history.”

Performing this hit production over the past three years during the spring and fall months around North America, Culp says this fall each tour stop is in Ontario.

“Some of us have played Delhi separately, but never together for this show,” he said. “I’m really excited for us to be in the quaint theatre.”

Show times for Oct. 3 are 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchase online at or by calling (519) 582-7272. Tickets also available at The Flower Shop, The Olde Town Gallery or the Academy of Music.

Sun Records Story coming to Delhi - Delhi News-Record - Ontario, CA

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