Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service

Lost and Found Sound: We Record Anything, Anywhere, Anytime

Sam Phillips at the reel to reel console at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennesee..

hide captionSam Phillips at the reel to reel console at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tenn.

Sam Phillips

Before Elvis walked through the door, before Sun Studios put Memphis on the map — Sam Phillips, a young man with a tape recorder, lived by the motto, "We Record Anything, Anywhere, Anytime." Weddings, funerals, marching bands, the Miss Memphis Pageant—Sam recorded them all—anything to keep his fledgling Memphis Recording Service open to record Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Little Junior, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley.the raw and rocking, unrecorded music of the 1950s South. With this very special segment, Lost and Found Sound features Ike Turner, Peter Guralnick and others along with Sam's never-before-broadcast remote recordings

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