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From his small Sun Records studio in Memphis, producer Sam Phillips was responsible for so many of the early rock ‘n’ roll hits that he has been hailed as the godfather of that musical genre. Beginning with Elvis Presley, Phillips went on to record such notables as Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. It was in his studio in December, 1956, that those three, along with Elvis, serendipitously met for an informal session that has been recently immortalized in the popular musical The Million Dollar Quartet.
Phillips’ impact on music and, by extension, on the larger American culture will be the subject of the Crawley Great Lives presentation on Feb. 15 by preeminent popular music historian Peter Guralnick, author of the definitive biographies of Elvis and, most recently, Sam Phillips.
The program will be held in UMW’s Dodd Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., and is open to the public free of charge.