Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Shoals to celebrate life, music of Sam Phillips

Mr. Phillips never blew enough hot air to need a little gold plated paper weight...:

"Big River Broadcasting was cautiously optimistic about the success of its marquee event for the Sam Phillips Music Celebration. - The optimism has paid off. - The Jan. 7 concert at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center, featuring headliner Jerry Lee Lewis, is sold out.

Affectionately known as 'The Killer,' Lewis is the last of a group of performers Phillips brought to prominence in the 1950s and '60s.

That group includes popular music legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich and Roy Orbison."

Phillips went on to form Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn., but according to his son, Jerry Phillips, the Florence native never forgot his roots.

Phillips is the only person in music to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Martin said.

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