Samuel Cornelius “SAM” PHILLIPS
Born January 5, 1923, Florence, Alabama, USA
Styles: Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Memphis Blues
ASSOCIATED ACCLAIMED SONGS
Johnny Cash, “I Walk the Line” (93)
Jerry Lee Lewis, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (64)
Jerry Lee Lewis, “Great Balls of Fire” (124)
Carl Perkins, “Blue Suede Shoes” (75)
Elvis Presley, “That’s All Right (Mama)” (72)
Elvis Presley, “Mystery Train” (85)
All are welcome to post their appreciations of Sam on this thread.
...and I'll go first. I decided to assemble the top six records for backstage artists as well, but I wanted to dip down a little further than Sam's top six and acknowledge that he was passionate about the blues long before Elvis darkened the door of Sun Records.
The highest ranked pre-Elvis record produced by Sam? None other than Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88," sometimes considered to be the elusive "first rock & roll record."