The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Sam Phillips

Inducted at: The 1986 Induction Ceremony
Exhibit(s): Elvis Presley
Induction category: Non-Performer


If Sam Phillips had discovered only Elvis Presley, he would have earned his rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But his Sun Records label was also an early home to Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and more of rock and roll’s greatest talents. Sun's recordings included many songs that served as the foundation for rock and roll, such as Elvis Presley’s first five singles (beginning with “That’s All Right” b/w “Blue Moon of Kentucky” in 1954), Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes,” Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” and Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line.” But there was much, much more: ...

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