Recording Industry Legend Sam Phillips Dies

Listen: Listen to Bob Edwards' 1993 interview with Sam Phillips.

Record producer Sam Phillips, who helped launch the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis, dies of respiratory failure at age 80. Dubbed the inventor of rock 'n' roll, Phillips founded Sun Records in 1952 and was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. NPR's Bob Edwards has a remembrance.

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