Sam Phillips was born poor in north Alabama near Florence. Florence is located on the Tennessee River and is conidered part of the "Shoals" (Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Florence, and Tucumbia aka The Quad Cities). This area is very famous for it's recording studios, being the birthplace of W.C. Handy (the father of the blues), and of course Sam Phillips. At an early age Sam Phillips fell in love with radio broadcast and followed this vocation to not too distant Memphis, Tennessee (his family is still in the radio business and owns Big River Broadcasting with stations in Decatur and Florence, AL). While doing various radio jobs he opened SUN Records and recorded what would become some of the biggest names in history. Sam's discoveries and promotions went on to forever change the world. Among some of his "finds" were, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbinson, and of course Elvis Preseley. When thinking along these lines I think of quote from John Lennon that states "without Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles".
Here is an interesting article about Sam and recent book. Click HERE for the link.