A young, headstrong performer with white-hot talent. A president of a small record company with big ambitions. A nervous nation coping with a new, dangerous music.
It's Memphis, 1958. It's rock & roll, brother! It's Caddilac's Comin'.
June, 1958. Elvis Presley is in the Army. Jerry Lee Lewis' career has been shattered by a disastrous trip to England. There's a clear vacuum at the top of the rock & roll world and Sun Records president Sam Phillips sees an opportunity.
Ike Thacker is a white-hot performer in the Sun stable, and if Sam can propel Ike to the top, he can push the company into the highest echelons of the record business. But rock & roll is in its infancy, under constant attack, and in real danger of disappearing altogether. On top of that, Ike proves difficult to control.
Set in Memphis in the chaotic early days of rock & roll, and later in the shadowy underworld of New Orleans, Cadillac's Comin' is Mike Dennis' valentine to the rockabilly pioneers of the 1950s, who operated in the dark, with no rules, no guidelines, no precedents, and virtually no adult supervision.