The small business that launched rock’n’roll

The interior of the Sun Records studio in Memphis


In January 1950, an announcer and sound engineer for Memphis radio station WREC started a side business that made records for anyone who walked in the door.

It didn’t look like much at first. But Sam Phillips’ venture would make history and change American culture.

Click here to read Bill Carey’s August 2023 Tennessee Magazine column about Sun Records.