Sam Phillips' studio at 706 Union Avenue was originally known as Memphis Recording Service when it opened back in January of 1950. What would eventually be known as Sun Studio then shared space with the Sun Records label. Among the firsts that happened in this historic spot was the recording of the first rock and roll single. Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats' "Rocket 88" recorded that first entry in Rock History there in 1951. Over the next two decades, the greats of rock n roll, Blues, and R&B would record at Sun Studio. The list includes the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis. As you can see, Sun Studio has a music pedigree! It easily qualifies as the legendary home or birthplace of Rock N Roll. Much of modern music traces started here!
The Sun record label was sold in 1969 and decades passed before the building reclaimed its heritage as a recording studio where more recent greats have recorded under the same roof as those pioneers of modern music.
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January 5th, 2016
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