The Sun sound began when Sam Phillips launched his record company in February of 1952. He named it Sun Records as a sign of his perpetual optimism: a new day and a new beginning. Memphis was a happy home to a diverse musical scene: gospel, blues, hillbilly, country, boogie, and western swing. Taking advantage of this range of talent, there were no style limitations at the label. In one form or another Sun recorded them all.
In 1954 Sam found Elvis Presley, an artist who could perform with the excitement, unpredictability and energy of a blues artist but could reach across regional, musical and racial barriers. He helped form the beginnings of the Sun sound by infusing country music with R&B. Elvis' bright star attracted even more ground-breaking talent to the Sun galaxy. Listed among his contemporaries and label mates were Johnny Cash, the inimitable Jerry Lee Lewis, and the "Rockin' Guitar Man," Carl Perkins. These four soon became known as the Million Dollar Quartet. Right behind them came the likes of Roy Orbison and Bill Justis plus other equally memorable musical talents. All eventually sold on Pop, R&B and Country charts and grew to international fame.
Inherent in the music of Sun Records is a vibrancy that survives to this day. Sincere, passionate music. Music that has stood the test of time. It reflects the diversity and vision of the talent that recorded on the Sun label, and indeed, American popular culture itself. It's all encapsulated on Curb Records' 16-track Sun Records Greatest Hits compilation which gathers historic recordings from the likes of many of the aforementioned trailblazers and more including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Howlin' Wolf, Bill Justis. and Rufus Thomas, Jr..