Sun Studio Now at National Historic Landmark

The Sun Records studio in Memphis is now a National Historic Landmark. The designation became official Thursday (July 31), the day after Sun Records founder Sam Phillips died at the age of 80. During a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Interior Secretary Gale Norton said, “You cannot tell the story of America in the 1950s without the history of rock ’n’ roll. And you cannot tell the story of rock ’n’ roll without Sam Phillips and Sun Records. American culture and American society were irretrievably changed because of what happened at 706 Union Ave. in Memphis in the 1950s.” Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and others made their earliest recordings at the Sun Studio. The ceremony in Washington was originally scheduled to take place July 23 but was postponed when storms prevented officials to travel from Memphis. 08/01/03