Sun gospel discography (1953-62)


Sun gospel

  • 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).


78 & 45rpm releases:

releaseartistartist as shownsongsyear
Sun 189PrisonairesMy God Is Real b/w Softly And Tenderly1953
Sun 191PrisonairesA Prisoner's Prayer b/w I Know1953
Sun 213Jones BrothersLook To Jesus b/w Every Night1953
Sun 406James AndersonBrother James AndersonI'm Gonna Move In The Room With The Lord b/w My Soul Needs Resting1962