- HISTORY OF SUN RECORDS (THE BIOGRAPHIES OF 706 UNION AVENUE) -

Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Billy Riley, Charlie Rich, and Elvis Presley among many musicians included, Lost John Hunter, Charlie Burse, B.B. King, Joe Hill Louis,  Jackie Brenston and The Delta Cats, Howlin' Wolf, Jackie Boy and Little Walter, Buck Turner, William Stewart, Phineas Newborn Jr., Johnny London, Billy Love, Walter Bradford and the Big City Four, Gay Garth, Handy Jackson, The Gospel Tones, Gaylord ''Gay'' Garth, Willie Nix, Houston Boines, Houston Stokes,  Lafayette Jerl Thomas, Alfred Harris, Lou Sargent, Billy "Red" Love, Raymond Jones, Brother Bell, Walter Horton,  Johnny Ace,  Rufus Thomas, Dusty Brooks, Joe Willie Wilkins, D.A. Hunt, Big Memphis Marainey, The Southern Jubilee Singers,  Shirley Sisk, Judy Dismukes,  The Five Voice Singers Of Memphis, Sun Spot Quartet, The Gospel Travelers, Jimmy DeBerry, The Prisonaires, Little Junior's ''Herman Parker'' Blue Flames, Ripley Cotton Choppers, Jean Chapel, Doctor Ross, The Spiritual Stars, Evangelist Gospel Singers of Alabama, James Billy Gayles, The Southern Jubilees Singers, Little Milton, Billy "The Kid" Emerson, Coy "Hot Shot" Love, Earl Peterson, Howard Seratt, Lost John Hunter, James Cotton, The Kirby Sisters, Wally Fowler, Hardrock Gunter and The Rhythm Rockers, The Burnette Brothers, Doug Poindexter and the Starlite Wranglers, Narvel Felts, Raymond Hill, Harmonica Frank, Buddy Blake Cunningham, Malcolm Yelvington, The Jones Brothers, Slim Rhodes (Slim, Dusty, Dot), Sonny Burgess, James Anderson,, Joe Manuel, Joe Lewis, Charles White Jr., Jack Nance, Bill Cantrell, Quinton Claunch, Clyde Leoppard and The Snearly Ranch Boys, Sammy Lewis, Johnny Bernero and Thurman "Ted" Enlow, Woodrow Adams, James Banister, Kenneth Banks, Dennis Binder, Charlie Booker, Shy Guy Douglas, J.C. Cole, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, The Song Fellows,  Sleepy John Estes, Boyd Gilmore, Pat Hare, Henry Hill, Earl Hooker, L.C. Hubert, Jack Kelly, L.B. Lawson, James Scott Jr., Charles McClelland, Johnny O'Neal, Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, Tot Randolph, Walter "Tang" Smith, William ''Talking Boy'' Stewart, Bobby Bland, Joseph Dobbins & The Four Cruisers, Bonnie Turner, Ike Turner, the Kings of Rhythm, Mose Vinson, Albert Williams, The Thomas Family (Barbara, Ed, Cliff), Willie Johnson Combo, Five Tinos, Eddie Snow, Elven Parr's In The Groove Boys, Rosco Gordon, Smokey Joe Bauch, Maggie Sue Wimberly, Charles Brown, Tiny Kennedy, Red Hadley, The Miller Sisters, Charlie Feathers, Jack Clement, Warren Smith, Al Hopson, Mississippi Slim, Barbara Pittman, Bob Price, The Dixieland Drifters, Onie Wheeler, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Tommy Blake, Ernie Chaffin, Jimmy Haggett, Mack Self, Gene Steele, Charlotte Smith, Wanda Ballmann, Harold Jenkins (Conway Twitty), Rudi Richardson, Glenn Honeycutt, Wade Moore & Dick Penner (The College Kids), Raymond Kerby, Gene Simmons, Jimmy Wages, George Klein, Hunky Dory, Mack Vickery, Roger Fakes, Kenny Parchman, Roy Hall, Ken Cook, Curley Money, Andy Anderson, Dot Abbott, James Wood, Jimmy Evans, Curley Griffin, Lee Mitchell, Howard Chandler, Tommy Hodge, Jack Earls, Jimmy Pritchett, Curtis Hoback, Ray Harris, Sid Manker, The Sterling Sisters, Patsy Holcomb, Macy Skipper, Bill Pinky & The Turks, Johnny Powers, Ramsey Kearney, Brat Suggs, Million Dollar Quartet, Hayden Thompson, Johnny Carroll, John Tolleson, Ernie Barton, Bill Justis, Ray Scott, Tracy Pendarvis, Jesse Lee Turner, Willie Carr, Junior Thompson, Miltin Mitt Addington, Earl Ray, Dean Beard, The Spriritual Stars, Mack Allen Smith, Jean Hornbeck, Jerry Arnold, Luke McDaniel, The Sunrays, The Four Dukes,  The Confederates,  Jimmy Williams, Smokey Joe Baugh, Magel Priesman, Dickey Lee, Edwin Bruce, Sherman Johnson, Lloyd Arnold McCollough, Jimmy Louis, Rudy Grayzell, Carl McVoy, Wayne Powers, Cast King, Jimmy Wilson, Ira Jay Lichterman, Vincent ''Guitar Red'' Duling, Gene Ross, Floyd Murphy,  Alton Lott & Jimmy Harrell,  The Vel-Tones, Cliff Gleaves, Don Hosea, Paul Richy, The Brewsteraires, Mickey Milan, Louie Robertson, Mickey Gilley, Red Williams, Tommy Ruick, Joe Lewis & Jack Nancy, Jimmy Isle, Allen Wingate, Charley Pride, Danny Stewart, Alice Leslie, Jeb Stuart, The Rockin' Stockin', Teddy Redell, Rayburn Anthony, Larry Donn, Jimmy Damon, Bobbie & The Boys, Gloria Brady, Bill Bowen, Ray Smith, Roland Janes, Eddie Bond, Bill Pinkney, Bill Yates, Billy Adams, Will Mercer,  Sherry Crane,  ''Ace'' Cannon, Glenn Honeycutt, Jerry McGill, O.C. Holt, Don Hinton, John Pursley, Wayne Perdle, Little Walker, The Townsel Sisters,  Bill Strenght,  Lance Roberts, Bill Johnson, Roland Janes, Jack Frost, Linda Gail Lewis, Martin Willis, Jimmy M. Van Eaton, Chuck Foster, Mac Owen, Tony Rossini, Vernon Taylor, Bobbie Jean Barton, Wade Cagle,  Don Reynolds & The Reynolds Quartet, Anita Wood, Sonny Wilson, Don Scaife,  Jimmy Demopoulos, Graham Forbes & The Trio, Bobby Crafford, Edwin Howard, Marion Conrad, Carl Mann, Mary Johnson, Hannah Fay, Levester ''Big Lucky'' Carter, Ed Kirby, are who first recorded their music at 706 Union Avenue.

The most successful went on to record for larger companies, such as RCA and Columbia, but it was their early songs on the Sun label that launched their careers and reshaped southern and American  popular music.
 

BIOGRAPHIES
This section contains biographies of all
the principal artists recorded at
706 Union Avenue
and/or 639 Madison Avenue
Alphabetical Order by the last name of the Artist

Artists A - B - C

- Ace, Johnny -
- Adams, Billy -
- Adams, Carl Bailey -
- Adams, Woodrow -
- Alton & Jimmy -
- Anderson, Andy -
- Anthony, Rayburn -

- Ballman, Wanda -
- Banister, James -
- Banks, Kenneth -
- Barton, Ernie -
- Baugh, Smokey Joe -
- Beard, Dean -
- Bernero, Johnny -
- Big Memphis Marainey (Lillian Mae Glover Hardison) -
- Binder, Dennis -
- Black, Bill -
- Blake, Tommy -
- Bland, Bobby ''Blue'' -
- Bobbie & The Boys (The Thomas Family) -
- Boines, Houston -
- Bond, Eddie -
- Booker, Charlie -
- Bowen, Bill -
Bradford, Walter -
- Brady, Gloria -
- Brenston, Jackie -
- Brewsteraires, The -
- Bruce, Ed -
- Burgess, Sonny -
- Burse, Charlie -
- Bush, Eddie -

- Cannon, Ace -
- Carr, Willie -
- Carroll, Johnny -
- Carter, Big Lucky -
- Cash, Eddie -
- Cash, Johnny -
- Chaffin, Ernie -
- Chapel, Jean -
- Clement, Jack -
- Climates, The -
- Cole, J.C. -
- College Kids, The (Dick Penner) -
- College Kids, The (Wade Moore) -
- Cook, Ken -
- Cotton, James -
- Cunningham, Buddy Blake -

Artists D - E - F

- Damon, Jimmy -
- DeBerry, Jimmy -
- Dee, Jean -
- Dettenhein, Ed (Ed Hall) -
- Dickinson, Jim -
- Dixieland Drifters, The -
- Dobbins, Joseph & The Four Cruisers -
- Donn, Larry -
- Dorman, Harold -
- Dory, Hunky (Chester McDowell) -
- Douglas, Shy Guy -
- Duling, Vincent -

- Earls, Jack -
- Edwards, David ''Honeyboy'' -
- Elven Parr's In The Groove -
- Emerson, Billy ''The Kid'' -
- Enlow, Thurman "'Ted'' -
- Estes, Sleepy John -
- Evangelist Gospel Singers Of Alabama -
- Evans, Jimmy -

- Fakes, Roger -
- Fay, Hannah -
- Feathers, Charlie -
- Felts, Narvel -
- Five Tinos, The -
- Forbes, Graham -
- Foster, Chuck (Orchestra) -
- Frank, Harmonica -
- Frost, Frank- 

Artists G - H - I

- Gilley, Mickey -
- Gilmore, Boyd -
- Gleaves, Cliff -
- Gordon, Rosco -
- Grayzell, Rudy -
- Griffin, Curley -
- Gunter, Hardrock -

- Hadley, Red -
- Haggett, Jimmy -
- Halcomb (Hollcomb), Patsy -
- Hall, Roy -

- Hare, Pat -
- Official Police Statement by Pat Hare -
- Personal Statement by Pat Hare -
 
- Harris, Ray -
- Hill, Henry -
- Hill, Raymond -

- Hinton, Don -
- Don Hinton Untold Sun Stories -

- Hoback, Curtis -
- Hodge, Tommy -
- Holland, W.S. -
- Honeycutt, Glenn -
- Hooker, Earl -
- Hopson, Al -
- Horton, Walter -

- Hosea, Don -
- Don Hosea Untold Sun Stories -

- Houston, David -
- Howard, Edwin -
- Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) -
- Hubert, L.C. -
- Hunt, D.A. -
- Hunter, Lost John -

- Isle, Jimmy -

Artists J - K - L

- Jackson, George Henry -
- Jackson, Handy (Gaylord ''Gay'' Garth) -
- Janes, Roland -
- Jenkins, Harold -
- Jesters, The -
- Johnson, Mary -
- Johnson, Sherman -
- Johnson, Willie -
- Jones Brothers, The -
- Justis, Bill -

- Kearney, Ramsey -
- Kelly, Jack -
- Kennedy, Tiny -
- Kerby, Raymond -
- Kesler, Stan -
- King, Cast -
- King, Riley B. (B.B. King) -
- Kings of Rhythm, The
- Kirby, Ed -
- Kirby Sisters, The -
- Klein, George -

- Lawson, Lathe B. with James Scott Jr. with Charles McClelland -
- Lee, Dickey -
- Leoppard, Clyde & The Snearly Ranch Boys -
- Leslie, Alice (Alice Lesley) -
- Lewis, Jerry Lee -
- Lewis, Joe -
- Lewis, Linda Gail -
- Lewis, Sammy -
- Lichterman, Ira Jay -
- Load Of Mischief -
- London, Johnny -
- Louis, Joe Hill -
- Love, Billie ''Red'' -
- Love, Coy ''Hot Shot'' -
- Lowery, Gene -

Artists M - N - O

- Manker, Sid -
- Mann, Carl -
- Manuel, Joe -
- McCollough, Lloyd Arnold -
- McDaniel, Luke (Jeff Daniels) -
- McGill, Jerry -
- McVoy, Carl -
- Memphis Willie B. -
- Miller Sisters, The -
- Milton, Little -
- Mississippi Slim (Carvel Lee Ausborn) -
- Money, Curley -
- Moore, Scotty -
- Moore, Wade -
- Murphy, Floyd -

- Nance, Jack -
- Newborn Jr., Phineas -
- Nix, Willie -
- North, Freddie -

- O'Neal, Johnny -
- Orbison, Roy -

Artists P - Q - R

- Parchman, Kenny -
- Parker Jr., Herman (Little Junior) -
- Pendarvis, Tracy -
- Penner, Dick -
- Perkins, Carl -
- Perkins, Pinetop -
- Peterson, Earl -
- Pinkney, Bill -
- Pittman, Barbara -
- Poindexter, Doug & The Starlight Wranglers -
- Powers, Johnny -
- Powers, Wayne (Untold Sun Stories) -
- Presley, Elvis -
- Price, Bob -
- Pride, Charley -
- Priesman, Magel -
- Prisonaires, The -
- Pritchett, Jimmy -

- Quinton Claunch & Bill Cantrell Connection, The -

- Randolph, Tot -
- Randy & The Radiants -
- Ray, Earl -
- Redell, Teddy (Reidel) -
- Rich, Charlie -
- Richardson, Rudi -
- Richy, Paul (Richey) -
- Riley, Billy -
- Ripley Cotton Choppers, The -
- Ross, Doctor -
- Rossini, Tony - 

Artists S - T - U

- Sargent, Lou -
- Scott Jr., James
- Scott, Ray -
- Self, Mack -
- Seratt, Howard -
- Shokunbi, Doctor Samuel -
- Simmons, Gene -
- Sisk, Shirley -
- Skipper, Macy ''Skip'' -
- Slim Rhodes Band, The -
- Smith, Mack Allen -
- Smith, Ray -
- Smith, Tang -
- Smith, Warren -
- Snow, Eddie -
- Southern Jubilees, The -
- Spiritual Stars, The -
- Steele, Gene -
- Stewart, Danny -
- Stewart, William -
- Stidham, Arbee -
- Stinit, Dane -
- Stokes, Houston -
- Strength, Texas Bill -
- Strozier Jr., Frank R. -
- Stuart, Jeb -
- Suggs, Brad -

- Taylor, Vernon (1) -
- Taylor, Vernon (2) -
- Teen Kings, The -
- Tennessee Three, The -
- Thomas, Lafayette Jerl -
- Thomas, Rufus -
- Thompson, Hayden -
- Tolleson, John -
- Townsell Sisters, The -
- Turner, Bonnie -
- Turner, Ike -
- Turner, Jesse Lee -

Artists V - W - Y

- Van Eaton, Jimmy M. -
- Van Story, Marcus - 
- Vickery, Mack -
- Vinson, Mose -

- Wages, Jimmy Lee -
- Walker, Little -
- Wayne, Thomas -
- Wheeler, Onie -
- Wilkins, David -
- Wilkins, Joe Willie -
- Williams, Albert -
- Williams, Jimmy -
- Willis, Martin -
- Wilson, Jimmy -
- Wilson, Sonny -
- Wimberly, Maggie Sue (Sue Richards) -
- Wingate, Allen -
- Wood, Anita -
- Wood, Bobby -

- Yates, Bill -
- Yelvington, Malcolm -
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