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Sam Phillips, Founder of Sun Studios

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Sam Phillips, Founder of Sun Studios

Sam Phillips, Founder of Sun Studios

Sam Phillips, Founder of Sun Studios

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Sun Studios founder Sam Phillips died today in Memphis at the age of 80. He was revered as one of the leading catalysts in post-World War II American music. As a record producer in the 1950s and 60s, his recordings launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, to name a few. This interview first aired September 15, 1997.