Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service We present the first of our Lost & Found Sound Memphis trilogy with this portrait of the early years of Sam Phillips and his legendary Memphis Recording Service. This was before he recorded Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Interviews with Sam, his family, Ike Turner and others are interwoven with the remote recordings he made of talent shows, funerals and proms to support his passion for recording the raw unrecorded music of the 1950s South.
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Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service

Only Available in Archive Formats.
Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service

Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service

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

Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service

Only Available in Archive Formats.

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

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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