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For The Record
Sun Records
An Oral History
By By John Floyd
Edited by Dave Marsh
Avon Books
191 Pages
ISBN:  0-380-79373-3

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It was the place where blues, pop, and country merged into rock and roll—and the sounds that emerged from the tiny storefront at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis are still reverberating around the world nearly fifty years after they were made. On Sam Phillips's bright yellow Sun Records label spun a mind-bendingly eclectic body of music by Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Junior Parker, Johnny Cash, and many others. And one day, a gawky nobody named Elvis Presley walked in.

  • John Floyd has collected fascinating memories from seminal Sun artists, producers, and scenemakers, including Rufus Thomas, Little Milton, Scotty Moore, Billy Lee Riley, Jack Clement, and more. In their own words, they take you through the studio doors for a riveting look at the most influential creative environment in pop music history and the cantankerous genius who ruled over it all —and make you an eyewitness to the birth of rock and roll.


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