January 5, 1923
Sun Records' founder Sam Phillips was born in Florence. Phillips began his music career as the radio host of a religious music program in Muscle Shoals before moving to Tennessee, where he started the Memphis Recording Studio and his label, Sun Records, to cater to local musicians. As a producer, Phillips recorded a number of singers who would go on to international fame, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, BB King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Roy Orbison. Phillips is a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.