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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1950/01/00 Sam Phillips Proprietor WREC radio engineer Sam Phillips opens the Memphis Recording Service with his assistant, Marion Keisker.
1953/08/00 Sam Phillips Producer Elvis rents a few minutes of studio time at Sun Records to record a two-sided: My Happiness and That's When Your Heartaches Begin. After the recording, Phillips asked Keisker to note down the young man's name, she also wrote: Good ballad singer. Hold. Birth of Rock and Roll
1953/08/00 Elvis Presley Singer Elvis rents a few minutes of studio time at Sun Records to record a two-sided: My Happiness and That's When Your Heartaches Begin. After the recording, Phillips asked Keisker to note down the young man's name, she also wrote: Good ballad singer. Hold. Birth of Rock and Roll
1954/07/05 Elvis Presley Performer All of a sudden, Elvis just starts singing this song, jumping around and acting the fool, and then Bill Black picks up his bass, and he starts acting the fool, too, and Scotty Moore starts playing with them. Sam records Elvis singing "That's All Right". Birth of Rock and Roll
1955/07/30 Johnny Cash Performer Johnny Cash records "Folsom Prison Blues" at Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee. Folsom Prison Blues
1955/07/30 Sam Phillips Producer Johnny Cash records "Folsom Prison Blues" at Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee. Folsom Prison Blues
1956/12/04 Elvis Presley Singer After a chance meeting, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash have an impromptu jam session at Sun Studio.
1956/12/04 Carl Lee Perkins Guitar After a chance meeting, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash have an impromptu jam session at Sun Studio.
1956/12/04 Jerry Lee Lewis Piano After a chance meeting, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash have an impromptu jam session at Sun Studio.
1956/12/04 Johnny Cash Singer After a chance meeting, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash have an impromptu jam session at Sun Studio.

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Particulars for Sun Record Company, Memphis Recording Service:
Sight Category Building
Criteria Historic Event
Area Of Significance Music
Level of Significance National
Area of Significance Performing arts
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use Professional
Building Use Record Studio
Area of Significance Social History



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 31st July 2003

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Sun Record Company, Memphis Recording Service
Registry Address: 706 Union Avenue
Registry Number: 03001031
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Contributing Buildings: 1
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination, Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Performing arts, Social history
Applicable Criteria: Event, Person
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Significant Year: 1950, 1954, 1956
Associated People: Phillips, Sam
Historic Function: Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Professional
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum Music facility

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