Sam Phillips

10 who mined the talents and shaped the labels

Fomer radio announcer Phillips ran the Memphis Recording Service with the idea that anyone who wants to make a record should be able to. That attracted musicians such as Howlin Wolf, B.B. King and Junior Parker. It would later become Sun Studios and, in 1952, Sun Records, but its pioneering spirit would permeate its recordings of rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. In 1950, he produced “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston, the record that many list as the first rock ‘n’ roll single, recorded in the Memphis studio that bowed with slogan “We Record Anything, Anywhere Anytime.”

Key signings: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis

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