The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 165

Sam Phillips before Sun

Years before Sam Phillips set up his legendary Sun label, that got eternal fame for discovering Elvis Presley, he already had a studio named the Memphis Recording Service where he recorded local musicians that were released on record labels on the West Coast or in Chicago. Today a first set from these recordings.

You can say that in his studio the careers have been launched for many a great Rhythm & Blues musician, such as B.B. King, Rosco Gordon and Ike Turner - under his own name with the Kings of Rhythm and as the Rock 'n Roll defining Rocket '88' of Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats that was essentially the same group.



  1. Lost John Hunter - Cool Down Mama
  2. Joe Hill Louis - Boogie In The Park
  3. Lost John Hunter & The Blind Bats - Y M and V blues
  4. B.B. King - B.B. Boogie
  5. Joe Hill Louis - I Feel Like A Million
  6. B.B. King - Don't You Want A Man Like Me
  7. Big Walter Horton - Now Tell Me Baby
  8. Joe Hill Louis - Cold Chills
  9. Rosco Gordon - Roscoe's Boogie
  10. B.B. King - She's Dynamite
  11. Rosco Gordon - Ouch pretty Baby
  12. Willie Nix - Try Me One More Time
  13. Big Walter Horton - Black Gal
  14. Jackie Brenston & his Delta Cats - Rocket 88
  15. Ike Turner and The Kings Of Rhythm - Heartbroken and Worried
  16. Lou Sargent - Ridin' The Boogie
  17. Rufus Thomas - Why Did You Deegee


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Eddie Chamblee - All Out
  • Hen Gates & his Gaters - Moondog Rock
  • Joe Houston - Moody
  • Paul Williams - Alcohol
  • Plas Johnson - Downstairs
  • Tiny Bradshaw - Heavy Juice