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November 28, 2001 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Tonight's installment in the Emmy-winning "American Masters" series on PBS is a frequently compelling look at the history of Sam Phillips' Sun Records, the Memphis label that helped define rock 'n' roll in the '50s through the music of such seminal figures as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. "Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records" (9 p.m.
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July 4, 2004 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
When Sam Phillips opened a storefront recording studio in a former auto glass shop here in 1950, there were lots of people whose first reaction was "It's a good thing he's keeping his day job at the radio station." How could he ever compete with the major labels in New York and Los Angeles that had pop stars like Perry Como and Patti Page?
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June 16, 2000 | ROBERT HILBURN
What spark did record producer Sam Phillips see in a young Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis? Here are the Sun Records founder's reflections on those and other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members whose careers were largely launched in his Memphis studio--a legacy that earned Phillips his own induction into the Hall of Fame in 1986. Elvis Presley: "Elvis loved ballads, and his voice was so beautiful that it would have been easy to record a ballad with him.
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August 1, 2003 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Rock 'n' roll's roots are so deep and twisted that fans and critics often throw their hands up in frustration when trying to search through the various branches to explain its origins. It's a quest that frequently ends up in debates over such minutiae as which artist first used the word "rock" in a song, or who established the guitar as a rallying point for youthful rebellion. But the real story of the birth of rock may be as simple as a single man's dream.
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July 4, 2004 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
When Sam Phillips opened a storefront recording studio in a former auto glass shop here in 1950, there were lots of people whose first reaction was "It's a good thing he's keeping his day job at the radio station." How could he ever compete with the major labels in New York and Los Angeles that had pop stars like Perry Como and Patti Page?
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August 1, 2003 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Rock 'n' roll's roots are so deep and twisted that fans and critics often throw their hands up in frustration when trying to search through the various branches to explain its origins. It's a quest that frequently ends up in debates over such minutiae as which artist first used the word "rock" in a song, or who established the guitar as a rallying point for youthful rebellion. But the real story of the birth of rock may be as simple as a single man's dream.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2001 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Tonight's installment in the Emmy-winning "American Masters" series on PBS is a frequently compelling look at the history of Sam Phillips' Sun Records, the Memphis label that helped define rock 'n' roll in the '50s through the music of such seminal figures as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. "Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records" (9 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2000 | ROBERT HILBURN
What spark did record producer Sam Phillips see in a young Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis? Here are the Sun Records founder's reflections on those and other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members whose careers were largely launched in his Memphis studio--a legacy that earned Phillips his own induction into the Hall of Fame in 1986. Elvis Presley: "Elvis loved ballads, and his voice was so beautiful that it would have been easy to record a ballad with him.
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