S: Sun Records
FC: Sun Records | By: MaCayla Cook
1: The founder of Sun Records was Sam Phillips. Phillips grew up wanting to become a lawyer, but fate changed when his father died. Phillips had to completely quit law school to help take care of his mother and deaf-mute aunt. He then earned the respect of some local radio station managers and found himself interested in recording. | Sam Phillips
2: Sun Records was opened at 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee on March 27, 1952 after the building was first named Memphis Recording Service. When Sam decided to change the name, a new logo came with it. "A New Day, and A New Beginning" showed the positive and uplifting spirit of Sun Records. Opening a small independent label was quite risky, and many people thought it crazy to do so because of all the other huge labels' attention. | Sun Record label
3: The music that was going to be created at Sun Records was intended to be different. All of the larger labels were producing pop songs, but Sun Records was destined to produce rock music. The first hits recorded in Sun Records were basically black soul and blues music. After they had covered that genre, it was time for something new and influencing. The goal was to bring the black and white races together with a type of music that all races could listen to. A funky mix of R&B and blues was created. It had a energizing mood with a little black soul feel. It was something that everyone could enjoy listening to. | Phillips at the console
4: Rock 'n' roll. Sun Records' creation of this type of music was something worth noting. The defined electric rock guitar was a major factor in rock 'n' roll, and it was created by complete accident. After a band had broken their electric guitar amplifier, Phillips shoved some paper into it and it worked! The new sound was both interesting and exciting, meshing perfectly with the rock 'n' roll phenomenon.
5: (from left to right) Elvis Presley, Bill Black, Scotty Moore, and Sam Phillips | Ike Turner | B.B. King | Sun Records Artists
6: Elvis Presley jams on stage | Much to a surprise, Elvis did not get recognition easily from Sam Phillips. He hung around Sun Records for a long time until finally Phillips thought he could successfully perform rock music..
7: The legendary Million Dollar Quartet | The Million Dollar Quartet was a chance for Sun Records to make a huge media stand. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lewis, and Carl Perkins got together by complete chance one night and hit it off instantly. They played and sang together all night, and it even made the front page of the newspaper the next morning.
9: Sun Records was a memorable and historic recording studio. We would not have the same type of developed rock music and possibly other styles or music today if they had not been created by Sun Records. Artists that impacted people's opinions and racial boundaries were brought into view.The music bonded races and changed society not only in America, but it the whole world.
10: Maybe it was | Memphis | Memphis | Memphis | Pam Tillis
11: Pam Tillis | Pam Tillis was born on July 24, 1957. Her father is country music star Mel Tillis, making her destined for fame. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and made her first debut at the age of eight on the Grand Ole Opry singing "Tom Dooley". | Pam Tillis
12: "Maybe it was Memphis" is a song about remembering a relationship that started in Memphis. Song Producer: Paul Worley and Ed Seay From the Album: "Put Yourself in My Place" Other Songs on this Album: - "Put Yourself in My Place" (Carl Jackson, Pam Tillis) - "Melancholy Child" (Tillis, Bob Dipiero) - "Blue Rose Is" (Tillis, Dipiero, Jan Buckingham) - "Don't Tell Me What To Do" ( Harland Howard, Max D. Barnes) - "One of Those Things" (Tillis, Paul Overstreet) - "Draggin' My Chains" (Tillis, Rick Carnes) - "Ancient History" (DiPiero, John Scott Sherrill) - "I've Seen Enough to Know" (Tillis, Rodney Foster) - "Already Fallen" (Dipiero, Tillis) Song Contributors: Pam Tillis- Lead Singer Harry Stinson Ashley Cleveland Karen Staley Vicki Hampton Tricia Walker Eddie Bayers
13: Bruce Hampton Dennis Burnside Larry Byron Steve Gibson Carl Jackson John Jorgenson Paul Leim Mark O'Connor Matt Rollings Glen Worf Paul Worley Ed Seay Anthony Martin Carlos Grier Mike Poole Lyrics: Lookin' at you through a misty moonlight Katydid sing like a symphony Porch swing swayin' like a Tennessee lullaby Melody blowing through the willow tree [Chorus] What was I supposed to do? Standing there lookin' at you A lonely boy far from home Maybe it was Memphis Maybe it was southern summer nights Maybe it was you, maybe it was me But it sure felt right Read about you in a Faulkner novel Met you once in a Williams play Heard about you in a country love song Summer night beauty took my breath away | Chorus x2] Every night now since I've been back home I lay away drifting in my memory I think about you on your momma's front porch swing talkin' that way so soft to me [Chorus x2] Maybe it was you maybe it was me But it sure felt right Oh you know it sure felt right Oh maybe it was Memphis Maybe it was Memphis Maybe it was Memphis Maybe it was Memphis But it sure felt right
14: This song was #3 on Pam Tillis's Top Ten hits on Billboard country charts. In 1992 it received the Music Associations song of the year recognition. This song and its album was released on January 29th, 1991. Lauren Alaina performed this song at the finale of 2011 American Idol. | "Maybe it was Memphis" record
15: Pam Tillis performs "Maybe it was Memphis" | Lauren Alaina performs "Maybe it was Memphis"