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Sun Studio On World Cafe | January 15, 2013

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As part of World Cafe's "Sense of Place" spotlight on Memphis, Tenn., we have an interview with Sam Phillips, founder of the famed Sun Studio. In 2002, a year before the legendary producer died, Phillips shared his memories of his early days making records.

Here, he describes how his poor upbringing among both blacks and whites influenced his career, creating his drive to work with everyone who walked through Sun's door despite attitudes in the South at the time. Phillips also tells the story of recording The Prisonaires, a group of long-term prisoners who produced one of the studio's first big hits, "Walking in the Rain." He also shares his thoughts on the fateful decision to sell Elvis Presley's contract to RCA in order to keep Sun running — and discusses his personal relationship with The King. (Link)


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Jesse Winchester “Talk Memphis” Best Of Jesse Winchester
Jerry Lee Lewis “Lewis Boogie” Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis
Howlin’ Wolf “How Many More Years” Sun Records Must Haves
Elvis Presley “Mystery Train” The Sun Sessions
Johnny Cash “Hey Porter” The Essential Johnny Cash
Carl Perkins “Honey Don’t” Carl Perkins - Original Sun Greatest Hits
Billie Lee Riley “Red Hot” Sun Records: The Definitive Hits, Vol. 2
((Warren Smith “Miss Froggie” Sun Rockabilly: The Classic Recordings))
Chris Isaak "Great Balls Of Fire” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
((Conway Twitty “Give Me Some Lovin’” The Best Of Sun Rockabilly, Vol 2))
The Prisonaires “Just Walking In The Rain" Just Walking In The Rain
Elvis Presley “That’s All Right” The Sun Sessions
((Johnny Cash “Walk The Line” The Sun Story))


Paul Simon “Graceland” Graceland
Elvis Presley “Milk Cow Blues Boogie” The Sun Sessions
Chris Isaak “Now Or Never” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Chris Isaak “Can’t Help Falling In Love” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Elvis Presley “Burning Love” The Top Ten Hits
((Warren Smith “Ubangi Stomp” The Sun Story))
Lisa Marie Presley “Storm Of Nails” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
((Carl Perkins “Perkins Wiggle” Best Of Sun Rockabilly, Vol 2))
Dale Watson “My Baby Makes Gravy” The Sun Sessions
Dale Watson “Time Without You” From the Cradle to the Grave
Amy Levere “If Love Was A Train” Sun Studio Sessions
The Walkmen “Red Moon” Sun Studio Sessions
U2 “Angel Of Harlem” Rattle And Hum