Monday, May 7, 2012

Sun Records Company 60 years

It’s hard to believe but sixty years ago Sam Phillips started his independent label, Sun Records, at his recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee. The music recorded there helped lay part of the foundation of late 20th century rock and roll and influenced many younger musicians like the Beatles. This company is known today for giving Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis their first recording contracts that launched their careers. A 2010 Broadway play titled “Million Dollar Quartet” is based on a famous impromptu jam in 1956 at the studio. To learn more about Sam Phillips try the book “Good Rockin Tonight” by Colin Escott which is a history of Sun Studios or try the biography “Sun King, the life and times of Sam Phillips” by Kevin Crouch. We also have many of the famous songs recorded there in our CD collection.

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