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  • Jun 8, 1955
    MGM chief Frank Walker telegrams Sun Records' Sam Phillips with an offer to buy Elvis Presley's recording contract. It's the latest among a series of offers from Decca, Capitol, Mercury, Chess, Atlantic and Dot
    Jun 21, 1955
    Sun Records releases Johnny Cash And The Tennessee Two's first single, "Cry! Cry! Cry!" backed with "Hey Porter"
    Jul 11, 1955
    Elvis Presley records "Mystery Train," "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" and "Trying To Get To You" at Memphis' Sun Recording Studio
    Jul 30, 1955
    Johnny Cash records the first version of "Folsom Prison Blues," plus "Luther Played The Boogie" and "So Doggone Lonesome" at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis
    Aug 6, 1955
    Sun Records releases Elvis Presley's two-sided single "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" and "Mystery Train"
    Oct 11, 1955
    Sun labelmates Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins begin an 11-day concert tour at the Fair Park Auditorium in Abilene, Texas
    Oct 28, 1955
    Colonel Tom Parker receives a telegram from RCA saying the label will pay no more than $25,000 to buy out Elvis Presley's contract from Sun. Sun owner Sam Phillips holds out for $35,000
    Nov 21, 1955
    In a deal engineered by Colonel Tom Parker, RCA Records buys Elvis Presley's contract and master tapes from Sam Phillips' Sun Records for $35,000. The papers are signed at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis
    Dec 15, 1955
    Sun releases Johnny Cash's original studio version of "Folsom Prison Blues"
    Dec 19, 1955
    Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes" at the Sun Recording Studios in Memphis

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