Owner of Sun Records. Producer Shelby Singleton bought the rights to the label and its master recordings with the profits from his hit song, "Harper Valley PTA".
Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1986 under the category Non-Performer.
His 13-year-old son Jerry was a professional wrestler in the 1960s wrestling as a "midget" though he was not really a midget. Jerry's career ended after he was physically attacked by a crazy fan during a match.
Father of Knox Phillips.
Discovered Elvis Presley.
The film Hustle & Flow (2005) was dedicated to him. Philliips' do-it-yourself aesthetic inspired 'Craig Brewer' to write the film.
Left in music history as a man who produced records of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins in his little recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 423-425. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.