Sun Studio was born to capture the pure raw energy of Beale Street. Opened in 1950, Sam Phillips was self-taught and didn't know the rules. He didn't know not to use so much echo. It made a 3-piece band sound like an all-night party! He didn't know not to crank the amp up so high it distorted. He didn't know not to blend the musical styles or that it wasn't supposed to be sheer passion and fun! Rock n' roll was created with all these wonderful mistakes!
The studio was the recording site of what is supposedly the first rock and roll single - Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats' Rocket 88. From there, Sun Studio took off, signing iconic rock and country artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis to its label and continuing to serve as the recording site for these superstars.
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