Peabody Award-Winner 'Whole Lotta Shakin'
PRI's documentary series traces the roots of rockabilly and celebrates it stars -- Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and others.
"Whole Lotta Shakin,'" a ten-part documentary series exploring rockabilly -- the brash, fast-paced 1950s mix of blues, gospel, jazz, country and popular music that is a foundation of rock and roll -- was recently honored with a 2008 Peabody Award.
Hosted by Rosie Flores, the series visits the cradle of rockabilly, Memphis, and presents the music's female stars. It profiles the influential radio program, "The Louisiana Hayride" and explores the rockabilly sounds of California.
In an era when America was tuning into Patti Page and Mitch Miller, rockabilly was a bold, young upstart, like Marlon Brando in the movie "The Wild One." "Whole Lotta Shakin'" profiles the stars of the genre, including Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Buddy Holly, and shares the stories of the period's best-loved songs, from "Rave On" to "I Walk the Line."