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  • Mar 2, 1959
    Sun releases a double-sided Johnny Cash single featuring "Luther Played The Boogie" and "Thanks A Lot." The former is a nod to Cash guitarist Luther Perkins
    Jun 2, 1959
    Sun releases Johnny Cash's "Katy Too"
    Feb 1, 1960
    Phillips Records, affiliated with the Sun label, releases Charlie Rich's first charted single, "Lonely Weekends"
    Dec 10, 1960
    Sun releases Johnny Cash's remake of Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me"
    Feb 9, 1961
    Jerry Lee Lewis records a version of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" in the first session at the Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Nashville
    Jun 5, 1962
    Jerry Lee Lewis records Jimmie Rodgers' "Waiting For A Train (All Around The Watertank)." It becomes a hit more than eight years later
    Aug 28, 1963
    Jerry Lee Lewis records "Invitation To Your Party," "One Minute Past Eternity" and "I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye" for Sun Records. All three become hits more than six years later after he revives his career with Mercury
    Jul 1, 1969
    Record producer Sam Phillips sells Sun Records to Shelby Singleton. The deal includes the transfer of the early recordings of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others
    Feb 9, 1999
    RCA releases the Elvis Presley album "Sunrise," featuring the material he recorded during his short stint with Sam Phillips' Sun label
    Jul 30, 2003
    Record producer Sam Phillips dies at Memphis' St. Francis Hospital from respiratory failure. Founding Sun Records, he played a role in the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and others, landing in the Country Music Hall of Fame

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