The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 185
Sam Phillips before Sun (2)
Today a second show on the Memphis Recording Service, the studio of Sam Phillips before he established his own Sun label. And where most people know the studio as the place where Elvis started, it's also the career launching place of B.B. King, Ike Turner, Howling Wolf and Rosco Gordon.
The studio is still there, on 706 Union Avenue, and buses full of tourists are being brought there from the Graceland property to visit the place and get an entertaining guided tour. The guide emphasized that Sam Phillips first of all recorded the local blues - and he always named Howling Wolf as his greatest finding, even though the rockabilly artists brought him far more cash.
And though the claim 'Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll' maybe is a bit overstated - it felt like walking on holy ground while I visited the place, and I'm sure everyone there had the same feeling.