Wednesday, Jun 21:

Sun Records Revue

The Sun Records Revue is a touring act consisting of several legendary artists who recorded for Sam Phillips on his Sun Records label in Memphis, Tn. The group is led by Sonny Burgess and backed by his original band, The Pacers. Also fronting the band are, Hayden Thompson, Rudy Grazelle, and Cowboy Jack Clement.

Founded by Sam Phillips, Sun Records was known for giving notable musicians such as Elvis Presley (whose recording contract was sold to RCA Victor Records for $35,000 in 1955 to relieve financial difficulties Phillips' Sun was going through), Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash their first recording contracts and helping to launch their careers. Before those days Sun Records had mainly been noted for recording African-American artists, as Phillips loved Rhythm and Blues and wanted to get black music recorded for a white audience. It was Sun record producer and engineer, Jack Clement, who discovered and recorded Jerry Lee Lewis, while owner Sam Phillips was away on a trip to Florida. The music of many Sun Records musicians helped lay part of the foundation of late 20th century rock and roll, plus it influenced many younger musicians, particularly the Beatles. Some of the other notable recorders at Sun were Charlie Feathers, Charlie Rich, and Conway Twitty (who used the name Harold Jenkins).