“Where Rock and Roll Was Born!” – Tuesday night, the independent publishing powerhouse Primary Wave Music in partnership with Gibson—the iconic American instrument brand– celebrated the 70th Anniversary of Sun Records at the Gibson Garage in Nashville. The evening was filled with performances of past hits from Sun Record artists throughout the 70 year history of the label. Tash Neal began the all-star event with a performance of “Iko Iko” and “Mystery Train,” Hannah Dasher performed “Hey Good Lookin’,” and Meghan Linsey took the stage for “That’s Alright (Mama),” Kristian Bush followed with a performance of “King of the Road” and “Boppin’ the Blues” with Benji Shanks of Blackberry Smoke, and the legendary Emmylou Harris performed a heartfelt duet of “Love Hurts” with Chris Isaak. Finally, Chris Isaak sealed the evening with a performance of “Great Balls of Fire” and “I Forgot to Remember.”
RIAA presented a plaque to Primary Wave and Sun Records in honor of the incredible impact Sun Records has had on the music industry over the past 70 years.
Key sponsors were Conagra and IMES (Iron Mountain Entertainment Service) with additional sponsors being Tito’s, Celsius-Life Fit, Levi’s, Sun Diner and RIAA. Beside sponsoring the party, Conagra donated $10,000 on behalf of Sun Records to the Nashville Food Project https://www.thenashvillefoodproject.org/. Silent auction raised funds for the Gibson Foundation – Gibson Gives https://www.gibsonfoundation.org/ and additional donations were also accepted on site.
“Sun Records will forever be the birthplace of rock and roll. To celebrate its’ 70th birthday with so many who have contributed to its’ legacy, past and future, is truly an honor”. – Dominic Pandiscia, Chief Strategy Officer Sun Label Group
“It is an honor, and so fitting, for Gibson to host the Sun Records 70th anniversary. Gibson and Sun have been partners in shaping sound with music icons for decades and are aligned in the preservation, restoration, and celebration of this rich music history. It is so exciting to see new fans discovering these incredible artists and their stories.” – Elizabeth Heidt, Gibson Guitars Global Vice President, Cultural Influence
“From Elvis to B.B. King, Roy Orbison, and more, it’s an honor, and so fitting, for Gibson to host the Sun Records 70th anniversary,” says Elizabeth Heidt, Vice President of Cultural Influence, Gibson Brands-Global. “Gibson and Sun Records have been partners in shaping sound with music icons for decades and are aligned in the preservation, restoration, and celebration of this rich music history. It’s so exciting to see new fans discovering these incredible artists and their stories.”
“Sun Records artists Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and so many more had a cosmic, life altering effect on me at 14. We are blessed that Sam Phillips had such vision and this music was recorded and will live on and continue to inspire. It’s surreal to me that this kid from Middlesbrough, England is now signed to the Sun Records label and that I am here in Nashville celebrating their 70th anniversary. Dreams do come true so keeping dreaming.” – Paul Rodgers
Please find photos from the event HERE. (photo credit: Kyler Clark)
Established in 1952 by Sam Phillips, Sun Records is the home of music legends including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Roy Orbison, and was instrumental in launching the careers of pioneers Linda Martell, Jeannie C Riley, The Dixie Cups, Howlin’ Wolf, Rosco Gordon, and many more. Inherent in the music of Sun is a vibrance that has reached across race, age, and gender boundaries. This year, Sun Records celebrates the diversity and vision of the talent that has helped shape American popular culture for 70 years.
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The Home of Legends. Primary Wave Music is the leading independent publisher of iconic and legendary music in the world. The company is home to some of the most iconic songwriters, artists, and record labels across the history of recorded music including Sun Records, Bob Marley, Prince, Stevie Nicks, James Brown, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Burt Bacharach, Bing Crosby, Luther Vandross, Olivia Newton-John, Ray Charles, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, America, War, Gerry Goffin, Traveling Wilburys (Bob Dylan), Joey Ramone, Robbie Robertson, Teddy Pendergrass, Count Basie, Sly & The Family Stone, Boston, Alice Cooper, Paul Anka, Boy George and Culture Club, Allee Willis, Leon Russell, Paul Rodgers, Free, Toots & The Maytals, Steve Cropper, Martina McBride, Glenn Gould, Air Supply, Jeff Porcaro (TOTO), Holly Knight, Jim Peterik, Alice In Chains, Godsmack, Disturbed, Devo, Donny Hathaway, Nicky Chinn, David Malloy, Even Stevens, Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), Noel Hogan (Cranberries), Dan Wilson, Mike Scott (Waterboys), Chris Isaak, KT Tunstall, Patrick Leonard, Sturken & Rogers, Gin Blossoms, Tom Whitlock, Steve Kipner, Matt Redman, and many more. The songs represented by Primary Wave include over 800 Top 10 singles, and over 400 #1 hits. Throughout the company’s 16-year existence, Primary Wave Music has embraced an entrepreneurial spirit, offering, and executing proactive one-of-a-kind ideas, unique services, and marketing campaigns for our artists. Primary Wave has earned a stellar reputation for being forward thinking and re-introducing classic artists and their music into the modern marketplace as well as nurturing young talent to become legends themselves. This success is based upon our team of seasoned and creative executives collaboratively working together closely with our artists as partners. As a company, we strive for excellence in the pursuit of iconic artists and catalogs that not only reflect great artistry, but impact and influence culture.
About Gibson and Gibson Gives: Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for 128 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TN, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships, and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the leading guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, which has been on every stage since 1873, Kramer, the original MADE TO ROCK HARD guitar brand, MESA/Boogie, the home of tone, KRK, behind great music for over 30 years, and Maestro, the founder of effect pedals. Gibson guitars and gear have been played on stage by countless musical icons in every genre of music, and Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation, and sound excellence so music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands. Gibson has a strong focus on supporting the global music community through the philanthropic arm of Gibson Gives. The mission of Gibson Gives is to create, develop and support non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music, and wellness initiatives. 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives–a 501(c)(3) organization–go towards giving the gift of music. In the last three years, Gibson Gives has raised over $3.5 million dollars worldwide through its mission. For a deeper look inside the history of Gibson, plan a trip to downtown Nashville to visit the Gibson Garage. At the Gibson Garage—the all-new flagship store–music lovers can experience live performances, design a dream guitar, catch a taping of the award-winning Gibson TV series, and explore Gibson’s music history with captivating, interactive storytelling and memorabilia inside the historic space. The Gibson Garage is the ultimate guitar experience and destination for music lovers in Nashville, and across the globe. Learn more at Gibson.com, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tik Tok, Gibson TV, and download the Gibson App.
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