Watch Drake Milligan’s Elvis Presley Meet ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker on ‘Sun Records’ [Exclusive Video]
If you’ve been watching CMT’s new show Sun Records, which debuted in February, then this exclusive clip from Thursday night’s (April 6) episode is for you. It’s a good one, too: The scene depicts the first meeting between a young Elvis Presley and “Colonel” Tom Parker, his future manager.
This excerpt from Sun Records‘ April 6 episode opens with a gaggle of female fans screaming and frantically trying to get a glimpse of Presley (played by Drake Milligan), who’s wearing a subdued outfit of a striped collared shirt and pants — not quite the decked-out Presley we all know and love. After Presley shuts the fans out of backstage, Parker (Billy Gardell) walks up, wryly noting, “Well, you have quite the effect on the little ladies.”
At the time, Parker was Hank Snow‘s manager. The Canadian country singer recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles; Snow’s No. 1 hits include “I’m Moving On,” “I’ve Been Everywhere” and a plethora of other fan favorites. In 1954, Snow was using Presley as his opening act.
As Presley and Parker converse, the latter offers the rising artist some advice: “Get rid of the hillbilly outfit,” he tells Presley. “Get yourself some new duds, something flashy.” When Presley admits that he doesn’t have the money for that, Parker shares that “it’s customary that your label pays” — and viewers can see the wheels start turning in the future King of Rock and Roll’s brain.
Sun Records‘ focuses on the events around the the day in December of 1956 when Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins met by chance at Sun Studio in Memphis — a moment that turned out to be iconic in modern music history and resulted in the recording known as The Million Dollar Quartet. Sun Records airs on CMT at 10PM ET on Thursday nights.