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Join us as we pay tribute to one man with a tape recorder on a mission. 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee is where Sam Phillips started operations of the now legendary "Memphis Recording Service," and long before Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash or Jerry Lee Lewis put Sun Records on the map, Sam Phillips spent the early years of the 1950s recording and documenting the local Blues scene that was happening in and around Memphis. Folks like Sleepy John Estes made the trip down to 706 Union Avenue, as did Howlin' Wolf, Rufus Thomas, Joe Hill Louis, Dr. Isaiah Ross, David "Honeyboy" Edwards Willie Nix, Big Walter Horton, Raymond Hill, and many others. In this episode of Blues Unlimited, we mine the Sun Records Blues vaults looking for the unissued gems that Sam Phillips recorded but never released.

Pictured: Sun Records studio building, at 706 Union Avenue. Design by Lyn Jones.

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