Sam Phillips Famous Memphis DJ Concerned black artists would never be able to break through “white mainstream” Founded SUN RECORDS 1950 Began looking for white acts who “could play and sing in the same exciting, alive way.”
10 Goal of small record labels Find artists “so talented and unique—or so outrageous—that their styles could not be easily imitated by other artists on the major labels.” Who are 3 artists that fall into this category?
11 Answer “Little Richard” Penniman Jerry Lee Lewis Chuck Berry
Little Richard Found when searching for a new Ray Charles Tutti Fruti
Jerry Lee Lewis Crazy antics on stage gave him recognition Songs directly targeted youth with titles like “Wild One” and “High School Confidential”
Chuck Berry One of most influential musicians of all time. “Duck Walk” Began as strictly R & B until his guitar skills grew, then Rock n Roll Icon. Black AND White kids loved his music