Did Memphis Serve as the Inspiration for "Glee"? I Believe the Answer Is YES.
Our city has been the birthplace of so many wonderful things, among them: rock-and-roll music, Sun, Stax, FedEx, Holiday Inns, the world's first self-service grocery store — oh, the list just goes on and on. And then, of course, there's me, Vance Lauderdale.
But did Memphis also serve as the inspiration for the hit television series Glee?
I had wondered about that, until I turned up this photo of the Memphis Glee Club — the one, the only, the original.
Just look at these happy-go-lucky gentlemen, and I think there's no question that they were the basis for the various free-spirited members of William McKinley High School's "New Directions" ensemble. They may be posed rather formally here, but you can tell they are just ready to burst out with show tunes and assorted teenage high jinks. Especially that smirky fellow in the front row, fourth from the left. Why, he could be Chris Colfer's father!
What do you think, Gleekers?
I rest my case.