Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sam C. Phillips

Sam Phillips founded the Memphis Recording Service and Sun Records. He 'discovered' artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, making him one of the most influential characters in Rock N' Roll History. He was born in Florence Alabama and got his start as a DJ for a radio station in that area. The stations 'open format' allowed him to play records from both black and white artists. This later contributed to his talent for picking out and enhancing quality songs in the burgeoning genre of Rock N' Roll, which was a convergence of different musical styles. In early 1950, Sam opened the Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis. He recorded many rythym & blues artists in the beginning, such as B.B. King, Little Milton, Howlin' Wolf, Rufus Thomas, Rosco Gordon, and Bobby Blue Bland. It is believed by many music historians that Sam recorded the first Rock N' Roll song in March of 1951. The song was 'Rocket 88' by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats.

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