Sam Phillips Stamp Campaign Underway At Sun Studios

By Kim Wheeler | kwheeler@localmemphis.com

Published 01/05 2017 12:36PM

Updated 01/05 2017 08:43PM

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The campaign to procure a stamp for the Father of Rock n' Roll has been a long process that first started in 2007 by Liz Scott. She has had many advances and set backs in the journey. The recent resurgence in Sam Phillips has brought about the interest in developing an United States postage stamp to honor the Father of Rock n' Roll. 
 
The official kick off for the campaign started on Thursday, January 5, the birth date of Sam C. Phillips at Sun Studio, 706 Union Ave. from 10am until 4pm.  Liz Scott is there gathering signatures for the purpose of bringing them before Congress in an effort to get the approval for the Sam Phillips postage stamp.
 
Sam Phillips is not just one of the most important producers in rock history. Scott says there's a good argument to be made that he is also one of the most important figures in 20th-century American culture.
 
As owner of Sun Records and frequent producer of discs at his Sun Studios, he was vital to launching the careers of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Rufus Thomas and numerous other significant artists. But, he will likely be remembered most for Elvis Presley.
 
Sam was a radio announcer and producer before opening The Memphis Recording Service and Sun Studios.
 

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