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Sam Phillips

  • Year:
  • Inducted by:
    Ahmet Ertegun
  • Category:
    Ahmet Ertegun Award

Hall of Fame Essay


Michael Hill

The sound of Sun Records was the epit­ome of rock and roll’s origins.

Owner Sam Phillips not only recorded the varied streams of ethnic music throughout the South, from blues to country, but was con­vinced he could bring them together in one irresistible pop package. It was at his Mem­phis  Recording Service that he first succeeded in finding a white gospelized singer with “the Negro sound and the Negro feel” — Elvis Presley.

The Program Cover from the 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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1986 Inductee Sam Phillips

Rock and roll set a new standard for music

Sam Phillips

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