Sam Phillips

 

 

Age: 80

 

Summary: founder of the legendary Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee who was best known for signing Elvis Presley to his first recording contract in 1953, but who also brought the sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and dozens of blues and R&B recordings to the ears of the world, and who was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

 

Cause of Death: Respiratory failure

 

Born: January 5, 1923

 

Died: July 30, 2003

 

Location: Memphis, Tennessee