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A Dozen Reasons Why Memphis Actor Chris Ellis is the Greatest Thing that Ever Happened 

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Sam Phillips

Chris Ellis
JUly 29 Sun Records and Sun Recording Studios founder Sam Cornelius Phillips was a record producer who gave the world Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, WHER (the world's first all girl radio station), Elvis Presley, and Rock & Roll. Here is where we are supposed to say how pure and superb were the Sun sessions of Elvis, and how from his first days at RCA the dissolution had begun. Not I. No, if you will take the word of a man who will not deceive you, not Chris Jr. Give me the Lieber and Stoller Elvis, the RCA Elvis: your Jailhouse Rocks, your Treat Me Nices, your Teddy Bears, and to a lesser extent, your King Creoles. Yet however much we note the mark of Cain and the real estate swindle of Jacob, under the rubric of giving credit where credit is due, we acknowledge God who started it all with rouach, the breath of life in Adam. Similarly, we acknowledge Sam Cornelius Phillips, first because he discovered Elvis, then because of a full name that sounds like a carney barker, and finally because I happened to have this drawing already at hand and was too busy to draw Buffalo Bob Smith, host of the Howdy Doody string puppet TV show from 1956 to 1958.

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