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Sun Records and the Boys from Memphis

Dates: March 28 - April 11, 2023

Meets: Tu from 10:00 AM to 12 N

Registration Fee: $30.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

"SUN RECORDS AND THE BOYS FROM MEMPHIS" On January 3, 1950, Sam Phillips opened the Memphis recording service, at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. The Sun Recording Service was a place where, for a few dollars, you could record your voice on a cheap acetate disc. It was here, on July 18, 1953, an 18-year-old truck driver from Tupelo, Mississippi named Elvis Presley dropped into the studio to record an acetate for his mother's birthday. The rest of that story is history. Phillips also produced recordings by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Howling' Wolf, B. B. King, and many other unknown amateurs hoping to make the big time. Phillips and Sun Records played a major role in the development of rock and roll during the 1950s. Phillips recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record: "Rocket 88", with a band led by 19-year-old Ike Turner. Sun Records produced more rock-and-roll records than any other record label of its time during its 16-year run, producing 226 singles. In this class you will learn the story of Sam Phillips and the now legendary artists who made their first professional recordings at the Sun Studio. Of course, we will also listen to the songs that made them famous. In his iconic song "who's going to fill their shoes?", country music legend George Jones referred to these early rockabilly singers as "the boys from Memphis." Instructor Dan Baker
Fee: $30.00

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Fee Breakdown

CategoryDescriptionAmount
Course Fee (Basic)Registration Fee$ 30.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Life Scholars Member$ 25.00

Dan Baker

Date Day Time Location
03/28/2023Tuesday10 AM to 12 N Building B - General Technologies Room 101
04/11/2023Tuesday10 AM to 12 N Building B - General Technologies Room 101

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