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I Can't Stop Loving You (1953-1963)

In Memphis, Sun Studios' budding artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley ushered in the era of rockabilly, while Patsy Cline showed off Music City's smooth new Nashville sound.

In Memphis, the confluence of blues and hillbilly music at Sun Studios gave birth to rockabilly, the precursor of rock and roll. Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash were at the forefront.

In the recording studios of Music City, country music’s twang was replaced by something smoother - the Nashville sound. Patsy Cline became one of its biggest stars before her untimely death.

51 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04

    Patsy Cline

    Walkin' After Midnight (feat. Don Helms)

  • 00:04

    Elvis Presley

    Mystery Train

  • 00:06

    Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats

    Rocket 88

  • 00:13

    Elvis Presley

    That's Alright Mama

  • 00:14

    Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys

    Blue Moon of Kentucky (Album Version)

  • 00:16

    Elvis Presley

    Trying To Get To You

  • 00:17

    Johnny Cash

    Hey Porter

  • 00:18

    Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash Show Intro and Theme

  • 00:19

    Elvis Presley

    Good Rockin' Tonight

  • 00:21

    Elvis Presley

    Blue Suede Shoes

  • 00:23

    Patsy Cline

    Lovesick Blues

  • 00:25

    Patsy Cline

    Hidin' Out

  • 00:30

    Johnny Cash

    Folsom Prison Blues

  • 00:32

    Patsy Cline

    I Fall to Pieces

  • 00:34

    Roy Acuff

    The Wabash Canonball

  • 00:37

    Loretta Lynn

    I'm A Honky Tonk Girl

  • 00:41

    Patsy Cline

    Patsy Dialog

  • 00:41

    Patsy Cline, The Jordanaires

    A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)

  • 00:43

    Patsy Cline, The Jordanaires


  • 00:45

    Johnny Cash

    I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

  • 00:49

    Johnny Cash

    Ring Of Fire

  • 00:51

    Patsy Cline

    Faded Love

  • 00:52

    Patsy Cline

    Sweet Dreams


Role Contributor
Director Ken Burns