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Dewey Phillips "Red Hot and Blue" sound recording

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Physical Description

1 10" analog reel-to-reel audio tape.


18 April 1952.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Copied from 4 78 rpm, 12" aluminum-base audio discs labeled WHBQ-Memphis loaned for copying by Richard Gordon of Memphis Tennessee.

Agency History/Biographical Sketch

Most of the deejays at WDIA [Memphis TN] were black, but one of the first, Dewey Phillips, was a white man who played rhythm-and-blues for his primarily black audience in the late forties and fifties. . . . When Elvis came up with a version of "That's All Right" that gave Sam Phillips goose bumps on July 5 1954 the record producer got a dub of it almost immediately to Dewey, who had the "Red Hot and Blue" show. . . . The deejay played the dub thirty times in one night . . . and put out a call for the singer to come into his studio for an interview. . . . He [Elvis] was so nervous that Dewey Phillips had to trick him into an interview.

-- from Wes Smith, The Pied Pipers of Rock'n'Roll, 75-77.

Scope and Content

The audio tape consists of air checks used to send samples of Phillips's program "Red Hot and Blue" to other radio stations. Examples of Phillips voice are rare.


Audiovisual materials are filed first by format, then by tape number in the audiovisual archives.

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LAP/EBG January 8, 2001


Phillips, Dewey

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