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New Fugitive Waves Episode: Sam Phillips and the Early Years of the Memphis Recording Service

New Fugitive Waves Episode: Sam Phillips and the Early Years of the Memphis Recording Service

Sam Phillips and the Early Years of the Memphis Recording Service

Before Elvis walked through the door, before Sun Studios put Memphis on the map—Sam Phillips, a young man with a tape recorder, lived by the motto, “We Record Anything, Anywhere, Anytime.” Weddings, funerals, marching bands, the Miss Memphis Pageant—Sam recorded them all—anything to keep his fledgling Memphis Recording Service open to record Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Little Junior, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley. The raw and rocking, unrecorded music of the 1950s South.

 

One Comment

  • jim casey on Mar 31, 2015

    Fabulous! What feel! Great job. I hope you will follow this story to Nashville, and Jack Clement, the extension of Sun! The Kingston Springs Suite, produced by Shel Silverstein.