Nelson: Sam Phillips was a small-town boy with big-city ambition

By , Daily Memphian Updated: June 18, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: June 17, 2019 3:32 PM CT
Michael Nelson
Daily Memphian

Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson is contributing editor and columnist for The Daily Memphian, the political analyst for WMC-TV, and the Fulmer professor of political science at Rhodes College. His latest books are “Clinton's Elections: 1992, 1996, and the Birth of a New Era of  Governance" and “The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2018.”

It’s called the music business for a reason, and from the beginning, Sam Phillips’ never-ceasing struggle was to make records he loved while keeping his shoestring operation financially solvent.

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Clarence Saunders Elvis Presley Fred Smith Kemmons Wilson Sam Phillips

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