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Sam Phillips

Postby Colin B » Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:20 am

Sam Phillips died 12 years ago today when aged 80.

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He was the founder of Sun Records in Memphis, discoverer and/or first-time producer of many famous recording artists, including
Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and B.B. King

Sometimes referred to as "The Father of Rock 'n' Roll"
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Re: Sam Phillips

Postby Private Presley » Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:47 am

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Sometimes I wonder who discovered Elvis.
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Re: Sam Phillips

Postby Colin B » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:33 am

Private Presley wrote:Sometimes I wonder who discovered Elvis.


It's true Marion Keisker was instrumental in bringing him to the attention of Sam !

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Over the years, there's been a tendency to air-brush her role out of the picture !

But it was Samuel Cornelius Phillips who was persuaded to give our boy his chance to record professionally.

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And, as the saying goes: "The rest was history !"
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Re: Sam Phillips

Postby Colin B » Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:30 pm

Update - 30th July, 2016:


Sam Phillips died, of respiratory failure, 13 years ago today.

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Re: Sam Phillips

Postby Mister Moon » Sat Jul 30, 2016 5:14 pm

Phillips in the early 40s, when he worked as a radio engineer and deejay at WLAY radio, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, before moving to Memphis (note "WLAY" pin on his lapel) :


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Re: Sam Phillips

Postby elvislady » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:56 am

Some info on WLAY radio

WLAY is one of the oldest broadcast radio stations in Alabama and the Southern United States. It presently airs only music written and recorded in Muscle Shoals. In addition, the station broadcasts live concerts in the area and highlights area charitable events. Its program/music director and curator is Brian Rickman.

WLAY ceased transmitting in December 2014.
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Re: Sam Phillips

Postby Colin B » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:03 am

Sam Phillips would have been 94 today.

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Re: Sam Phillips

Postby Colin B » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:50 pm

Sam Phillips died 14 years ago today.

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Re: Sam Phillips

Postby Colin B » Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:27 pm

Update: 30th July, 2019:

Sam Phillips died 16 years ago today.

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Re: Sam Phillips

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Re: Sam Phillips

Postby Mojo Filter » Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:46 am

"If you're not doing anything different, you're not doing anything at all" - Sam Phillips.


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