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Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Father of Rock íNí Roll / Sam Phillips in Florence

 
 
The Father of Rock 'N' Roll Marker - Side A image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, July 24, 2009
1. The Father of Rock 'N' Roll Marker - Side A
Inscription.  
Side A
Sam Phillips fell in love with the miracle of sound and the unifying power of music. Moving to Memphis, Tennessee, he embraced the beauty of the blues with his early recordings of Howlin Wolf, B.B. King and other delta artists. In 1951 the maverick producer cut the first “Rock íNí Roll” record, “Rocket 88.” Three years later he revolutionized American music with his discovery of the dynamic Elvis Presley. His credo was passionate conviction, originality, and individuality in the extreme. His Sun Record label unleashed the earth shaking rule-breaking sounds of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbinson and Charlie Rich. “Rock íNí Roll is the freedom of the rhythm of the soul.” He once said, “And I was looking for that little piece of soul magic.”
Above text by Terr Pace.

Side B
Sam Phillips had a vision. It sprang from the land. It sprang from the river. Long after he had achieved fame and worldwide recognition he always spoke of Florence as the birthplace of his inspiration. He pointed towards the people he had grown up with, the family
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upbringing he had enjoyed, the freedom he had learned to cherish in Alabama. His great heroes were from the place of his birth and often of the humblest origins. He loved, as he always said, “the soil, the water, the trees, and the beautiful Tennessee River.” He learned from his father how to plow behind a mule, but he told the world to always seek that unplowed row.
Above text by Peter Guralnick.
 
Erected by Florence Historical Board Florence Alabama.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1951.
 
Location. 34° 48.567′ N, 87° 37.811′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker can be reached from Hightower Pl.. Marker is in River Heritage Park at Walk of Honor. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aaron Gus Green (approx. 0.2 miles away); Michael "Nick" Nichols (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Arthur E. Brown, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Norbert Putman (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lt. Kathleen Dial Coile (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ezra Lee Culver (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Sam Phillips in Florence - Side B image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, July 24, 2009
2. Sam Phillips in Florence - Side B
John Thomas Bulls, Jr (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry S. "Hank" Klibanoff (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sam Phillips. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on January 17, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. Sam Phillips. Alabama's Music Hall of Fame website entry (Submitted on January 17, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Sam Phillips image. Click for full size.
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3. Sam Phillips
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,950 times since then and 144 times this year. Last updated on March 29, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   3. submitted on January 17, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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