The most famous Sun Records (fourth label to bear the name) was based in Memphis, Tennessee starting operations on March 27, 1952. Founded by Sam Phillips, Sun Records was known for giving notable musicians such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash their first recording contracts and helping to launch their careers. It was Sun producer and engineer Jack Clement who discovered and recorded Jerry Lee Lewis while owner Sam Phillips was away on a trip to Florida.
For a more detailed discussion, see the article on the label's owner, Sam Phillips.
The first Sun Records were single-sided disc records put out by the Crystalate Gramophone Record Manufacturing Company Ltd of Kent, England, from about 1905 to 1910. (The same company would later produce records under the name Imperial).
A nearly contemporaneous label was produced in the United States by the Leeds & Catlin company, about 1905–1907.
- Yeah, I was just thirteen, you might say I was a
- Musical proverbial knee-high
- When I heard a couple new-sounding tunes on the tubes
- And they blasted me sky-high
- And the record man said every one is a Yellow Sun
- Record from Nashville
- And up North there ain't nobody buys them
- And I said, but I will