Sun gospel discography (1953-62)
- Sam Phillips’ Sun Records from Memphis, TN is most famous for launching the career of Elvis Presley with five essential records, released in 1954-55. Phillips recorded many other big names, both black and white, between 1952 and 1968: Johnny Cash, Rosco Gordon, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Little Junior Parker, Carl Perkins, Rufus Thomas and many others.
- In 1969, Mercury Records label producer Shelby Singleton purchased the Sun label from Sam Phillips.
- Although Phillips also recorded quite some black gospel, only four discs seem to have been issued (there were a few white gospel issues as well); this indicates that Phillips didn’t expect much commercial success from releasing gospel. In the last decades reissue labels like Ace, Charly (both from the UK) and Bear Family (Germany) put a lot of effort in releasing virtually everything that they could lay their hands on, including various unissued gospel recordings (mainly on Charly).
- Unlisted records by the Prisonaires are secular (Sun 186 and 207).
- This page lists all known Sun gospel issues (78’s and 45’s).
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