Phillips, Sam

Phillips, Sam

(1923–  ) music producer; born in Florence, Ala. He began his career as a disc jockey playing gospel music and blues at radio stations in Alabama and Tennessee. In 1950 he opened the Memphis Recording Service, recording black singers, including B. B. King and Howlin' Wolf, and leasing their material to labels in Los Angeles and Chicago. In 1952 he formed the Sun Record Company, and continued making records by a wide variety of black bluesmen and vocal groups, but he sought to record black material by white singers. Elvis Presley was the first of his discoveries in this new "rockabilly" style, and he released the singer's first ten songs before selling his contract to RCA for the then exceptional sum of $35,000. His subsequent discoveries included Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, and Roy Orbison. Phillips sold his controlling interest in Sun Records in 1969.
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Celebrating the deal at the site of the old Kirklees College are, from left, Mike Dove, of agents Dove Haigh Phillips, Sam Wiggett, of Wiggett |Construction, college principal Peter McCann and Paul Kemp, of Kirklees Council
Coventry City (4-4-2): Reice Charles-Cook; Aaron Phillips, Sam Ricketts, Reda Johnson, Ryan Haynes; Jim O'Brien (68mins, Devon Kelly-Evans), Romain Vincelot, John Fleck, Danny Swanson (81 mins, Dion Kelly-Evans); James Maddison, Ruben Lameiras (57 mins, George Thomas).
CASTLES: Dan Phillips, Sam Darroch, Kean Dicken, Harry McGurk.
Joe Dunphy, Joe Innes, David Phillips, Sam Marron and an own goal made up the tally for the Greens.
John Phillips, Sam O'Sullivan, Dale Evans and Matthew Hearne then tucked away their penalties to earn Newport victory, Cardiff missing three times with Sean Cronin and Jamie Rewbury the only successes.
WREXHAM: Rogers; Whitley, Roberts, B Carey, Sharp, Chalk (Blackwood, 62), Thomas, W Phillips, Sam, Trundle, Morrell (Gibson, 85).
From left: Mike Dove of Dove Haigh Phillips, Sam Wiggett of Wiggett Construction, College principal Peter McCann and Paul Kemp of Kirklees Council
Coventry team: Jake Slatter, Bailie Phillips, Sam Slatter, Spencer Sawbridge, Sammi Marsh, Ollie Morris.
The Frantic Assembly production seems him appearing alongside Sian Phillips, Sam Cox and Leanne Rowe in the new play about lifelong love.
Front: Jonas Webster, Marcus Cocksedge, Kai Hallwood, Liam Phillips, Sam Henderson.