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American record producer Sam Phillips is best known for discovering musicians Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Howlin' Wolf, among other blues, country and rock 'n' roll artists. He is also known for revolutionizing the music industry and introducing rock 'n' roll to the world throughout the 1950s.
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On July 30, 2003, one day before the original Sun Studio was designated a National Historic Landmark, 80-year-old Phillips died of respiratory failure.
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