The Legacy of Sun Records (part 2)

I was thinking about the tv programme I saw the other day and then wrote about.

I had forgotten abour Sonny Burgess and so was very pleased to be reminded (apart from the very late mid week night).  The programme was also noteable for a couple of other reasons.  Billy Lee Riley was also on and was the only person critical of Sam Phillips.  The basis of his criticism is that Phillips did not promote his record ‘Red Hot’, in fact he stopped promoting it in favour of another record.  The other record was ‘Great Balls of Fire’.  Personally, I think that Phillips got that one right!

There were a couple of other things I took from the programme.

Billy Lee Riley came across as self serving and an egoist, he said that his influence was on a par with that of Carl Perkins and Elvis.

Sam Phillips had an unfeasibly thick and lustrous head of hair for a man of his age (80 when he died) as well as a full set beard.  Not a grey hair in sight.  I want to know what his diet was, or what product he used!

Third Eye Blind were interviewed and Hargreaves was asked whether the Sun Stars were his heroes.  He said no, he did not revere those people, he revered the people whoe revered the Sun stars.  Very nicely put.

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