Chad Michael Murray has his eye on the next hit record.
The former One Tree Hill star slips into the 1950s with style on CMT’s Memphis-set music drama, Sun Records, which tells the untold story of the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Murray plays legendary record producer Sam Phillips, who founded Sun Records, and only ET has the exclusive first look from Thursday’s episode.
In the sneak peek, Murray’s Sam approaches Chess Records founder Leonard Chess (Rob Morrow) at an extravagant pool party, promising him that he has his next smash record.
Leonard at first doesn’t give Sam the time of day, instead choosing to woo a girl, so Sam takes it upon himself to make Leonard notice. As if on cue, Sam’s trusty confidante immediately stops spinning the current sleep-inducing record and puts on Sam’s much livelier tune.
And just like that, Leonard is sold, even calling it “the next No. 1"! But just when Sam thinks he is in the clear, a wrench is thrown in that could complicate matters. Watch the exclusive clip to find out what happens next.
"Everybody knows the icons -- the Jerry Lee Lewis, the Elvis, the Johnny Cash -- but to now see it kind of through Sam's eyes [is new,]" he said. "He's the man that found all of this and that started rock 'n' roll and he was kind of the man behind the curtain that no one knows. It's going to be an incredibly exciting time. I'm excited to see how people respond."
Sun Records airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.