Sam Phillips

One of the most versatile innovators in the field of entertainment, Sam Phillips changed the face of popular music when he brought together the diverse elements that created rock and roll.

A native of Florence, Al., Phillips was the developer of talents such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Rich.

His Memphis Recording Service was the scene of the first recordings by B.B. King, Ike Turner, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Howlin' Wolf, Walter Horton, Rufus Thomas, James Cotton and he cut "Rocket 88," considered to be the first Rock and Roll record.

Phillips is the 1987 Lifework Award for Non-Performing Achievement Award recipient.

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Created: 2/15/96