Sam Phillips


Sam Phillips was born in Florence, Alabama, United States on January 5th, 1923 and is the Entrepreneur. At the age of 80, Sam Phillips biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 5, 1923
United States
Place of Birth
Florence, Alabama, United States
Death Date
Jul 30, 2003 (age 80)
Zodiac Sign
Entrepreneur, Record Producer, Songwriter
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Sam Phillips Life

Samuel Cornelius Phillips (January 5, 1923 – July 30, 2003) was an American record producer who played a major role in the growth of rock and roll during the 1950s.

He was the founder of Sun Records and Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Howlin' Wolf were among Elvis Presley's releases.

In 1954, Presley began his career.

In 1969, Phillips sold Sun to Shelby Singleton. He was a pioneer in the Holiday Inn chain of hotels.

He owned and operated radio stations in Memphis, Alabama; and Lake Worth, Florida.

He advocated for racial justice in the music industry and helped to crack down racial stereotypes.

Early life

Phillips was the youngest of eight children born on a 200-acre farm near Florence, Alabama, to Madge Ella (née Lovelace) and Charles Tucker Phillips. Sam's parents owned their farm, but it was mortgaged. He gathered cotton in the fields with his parents as a child and alongside black laborers. The experience of black laborers performing in the fields left a lasting impression on the young Phillips. On the way to see a preacher in Dallas in 1939, he wandered off to Beale Street, the city's music scene's heart. He later recalled, "I just fell completely in love."

Phillips attended the now defunct Coffee High School in Florence. He served in the school band and had aspirations to be a criminal defense prosecutor. However, his father was bankrupt by the Great Depression and died in 1941, causing Phillips to drop high school to look after his mother and aunt. He worked in a supermarket store and then a funeral parlor to help the families.

When Sam, 19, met Rebecca "Becky" Burns, 17, his future wife, while both working at a WLAY radio station in Sheffield, Alabama, in 1942. He was an announcer and she was still in high school and appeared on 'The Kitchen Sisters,' where they performed music and sang. "I fell in love with Becky's voice even before I met her," Sam wrote in the Alabama Chanin Journal on January 18, 2013. Becky recalled her first encounter with Sam to journalist Peter Guralnick, who said, "He had just come in out of the rain." His hair was blown and full of raindrops. He wore sandals and a smile that was unlike anything else I had ever seen. He sat down on the piano bench and began to talk to me. That night, I told my family that I had spotted the man I wanted to marry." They married in 1943 and went on to have two children in a marriage that lasted 60 years before Sam's death in 2003. Becky Phillips died in 2012 at the age of 87.


Bridgerton star Sam Phillips reveals his most embarrassing moment on set as a scene with Nicola Coughlan went awry, July 12, 2024
Sam Phillips has revealed that he was left feeling a tad uncoordinated after a dramatic scene on the set of Bridgerton.  The English actor, 40, who plays Lord Debling in the period drama, saved Nicola Coughlan's character Penelope Bridgerton from an errant hot air balloon.  It didn't go to plan, Sam told Australian current affairs show The Project on Friday night. 

Bridgerton's Bessie Carter packs on the PDA with boyfriend Sam Phillips as they confirm their romance on country walk after finding love on set, June 26, 2024
While Lord Debling had his eyes on Penelope in series three of Bridgerton, Sam Phillips has fallen for a different Featherington sister.  The actor, 40, and Bessie Carter, 30, confirmed their relationship as they were pictured together for the first time in Sussex.  Bessie, who plays the role of Prudence Featherington on the hit Netflix show, packed on the PDA as she planted a kiss on Sam's neck during a walk. 

REVEALED: The three Bridgerton romances that are blossoming off screen, June 15, 2024
Netflix bonkbuster Bridgerton is best known for its raunchy on-screen storylines. But off the screen, things are just as colourful, with three romances having blossomed behind the cameras. The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Luke Thompson, who plays Benedict Bridgerton, is dating Harriet Cains, who stars as Philippa Featherington. And Bessie Carter, whose character is Philippa's sister Prudence Featherington, is romancing Sam Phillips, who plays the show's newcomer, Lord Debling. Completing the trio of romances are Claudia Jessie, 34, who stars as Eloise Bridgerton, and the show's casting director Cole Edwards.