Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to conduct interviews in honor of Sun Records
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates 60th anniversary of Sun Records with a special Songwriters to Soundmen program
Sun Records is one of those recording studios that everyone knows no matter what their musical tastes. In honor of this pioneer in the recording industry, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announces a Songwriters and Soundmen interview in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Sun Records. Music producer Hank Davis; Richard Weize, founder of Germany’s Bear Family Records and the Miller Sisters, Sun Studio recording artists will be on hand on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. at the museum’s Hall of Fame Theater on Level Three. This event is also in conjunction with the Bear Family’s release of three boxed sets of recordings: The Sun Blues Box, The Sun Country Box, and The Sun Rock Box with each set containing 10 CDs as well as a booklet containing photos and discography.
Jason Hanley, Rock Hall’s Director of Education, will be the interviewer. The event is free with a reservation with limited seating. RSVPs will be accepted for Rock Hall members beginning Monday, August 26 at 10 a.m. and the general public Tuesday, August 27 at 10 a.m. Please visit tickets.rockhall.com to RSVP.
The Rock Hall has two permanent exhibits devoted to the history of Sun Records. The first is located just inside the entrance of the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall. The exhibit contains more than 40 artifacts that tell the story of the famed record label including telegrams, contracts, sheet music, photographs and rare vinyl records. The second exhibit is a part of Architects of Rock and Roll on Level 2 devoted to Sam Phillips which includes original Sun Studios recording equipment.
Founded by deejay Sam Phillips in 1952, Sun Records is responsible for kick starting the careers of many influential recording artists. In 1954, Sun Records released the first single by Elvis Presley. Pairing up- tempo cover versions of Arthur Crudup’s blues tune “That’s All Right” with Bill Monroe’s bluegrass waltz “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” Phillips found a combination he long had sought: a singer whose style seamlessly incorporated elements of gospel, country and blues powered by unrelenting rhythm. Phillips went on to discover new talent at a dizzying pace: Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis all began their careers at Sun.
Sun Records changed popular music and ignited a revolution in popular culture. Despite changing tastes and ever- shifting trends, Memphis and Sun Records still embody the simplicity and the individuality common to the most enduring rock and roll.
About Hank Davis
Born in New York, Hank Davis made a handful of rockabilly records for small labels like Wizz and Stacy during the late 1950s & early ’60s. A 38-track compilation of Hank’s early 45s and demos has recently been released by Bear Family (“One Way Track” – BCD 17319). His recordings have also been released on the Redita label (Holland), Ace (UK), Folkways (US) and the Ducktail and Relaxed Rabbit labels (Canada).
Hank is best known today as a music journalist and reissue producer. He has been associated with over 50 reissue projects for labels including Bear Family, Charly, Rt. 66, Capitol and Polygram. His boxed set “Memphis Belles: The Women of Sun Records” was nominated by Rolling Stone as Best Reissue of the Year in 2003. Along with Colin Escott and Martin Hawkins, Hank produced Bear Family’s three critically acclaimed box sets of Sun Records blues, country and rock music.
About Richard Weize
Richard Weize has been a passionate record collector since the late 1950s. Growing up in Germany, it was often a challenge to find the music he loved. His dedication and enthusiasm led to the founding of Bear Family Records in 1975. Richard has been described as “a manic workaholic who lives Bear Family sixteen hours a day, seven days a week.” Not surprisingly, his label has been described as “the Cadillac of the reissue industry.”
Virtually everything in Bear Family’s award-winning catalogue – from Johnny Cash to Fats Domino – was produced by experts in the field who understand that to work for Bear Family is to strive for perfection. Weize’s choice of material to release is not geared to mainstream taste and sales of many lavish box sets barely meet production costs. Almost every release by Bear Family was created as a labor of love, and collectors have come to associate Weize’s product with the highest production standards. One now-famous quote says it all: “Many artists would rather see their name on a Bear Family box set than on a Grammy.”
About The Miller Sisters
Mildred and Elsie Jo Miller are a harmony group from Mississippi who joined Sun records after being discovered by Sam Phillips in 1955, who was impressed by their talent and vocal presence. Mildred was just seventeen years old, and Elsie Jo was married to Mildred’s older brother, Roy, who would sometimes sing with them. They sang backup on numerous Sun Records recordings, and performed with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Warren Smith, and George Jones, as well as an appearance on the Ernest Tubb Record Show in Nashville.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit www.rockhall.com. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
For more information about these and other Rock Hall educational programs, visit www.rockhall.com/education.