Sun RecordsÂ wasÂ founded inÂ Memphis,Â Tennessee, on March 27, 1952.
Founded byÂ Sam Phillips, Sun Records was known for giving notableÂ musiciansÂ such asÂ Elvis PresleyÂ (whoseÂ recording contractÂ was sold toÂ RCA Victor RecordsÂ for $35,000 in 1955 to relieve financial difficulties Phillips’ Sun was going through),Â Carl Perkins,Â Roy Orbison, andÂ Johnny CashÂ their firstÂ recording contractsÂ and helping to launch their careers. Before those days Sun Records had mainly been noted forÂ recordingÂ African-AmericanÂ artists, as Phillips lovedÂ Rhythm and BluesÂ and wanted to get black music recorded for a white audience. It was SunÂ record producerÂ andÂ engineer,Â Jack Clement, who discovered and recordedÂ Jerry Lee Lewis, while owner Sam Phillips was away on a trip toÂ Florida. The original Sun RecordsÂ logoÂ was designed by John Gale Parker, Jr., a resident of Memphis andÂ high schoolÂ classmate of Phillips.
Here are just a few Sun Records titles we have in our shop:
Next time you’re in Memphis go by Sun Records and tour the studio.