Why We Love Sun Records - Where Rock n Roll Was Born!

100% Rockabilly With The Rockin' Rooster at Sun Records!

We've just received a new design of the amazing Sun Records t-shirts through Steady Clothing in the USA - Check out the new styles here!

Sun recording artists have been hugely influential to us here at Atomic Cherry and to so many of the bands we know & love!

Back in 1950 we would bet that Sam Phillips had no idea how influential his new record label & studio would become with artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis passing through.

The Sun Studio building in Memphis, Tennessee was originally the Memphis Recording Service. Phillips Sun Records office resided in the same building and with the success of the artists Phillips was signing he was able to buy the studio and in 1952 changed the name to Sun Studio.

It's interesting to read that the first ever song considered to be rock n roll was recorded in the Memphis Recording Service studio for Sun Records. This is Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, a band lead by the one and only Ike Turner:



Although the music is the most important part of Suns legacy, the logo alone is a classic image, especially in the rock and rockabilly scenes. The music & the style of the day inspires so many artists now, this is apparent in these new designs, notably those featuring an updated rockin rooster that we all identify on the classic Sun Records logo!
Sun studio is still in use today, not only as a museum, but as a session room for modern bands to perform on the Sun Studio Sessions TV & web series. Artists such as Lee Rocker of Stray Cats, Justin Townes Earle and Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves have performed in the very room so many legends recorded in.
Its easy to see that the Sun Records legacy is as strong as ever & will no doubt inspire new generations for centuries to come and we cant wait to see what happens next.