Sam Phillips-Record Producer and Rock and Roll Pioneer-July 30, 2003 (Age 80)
When Sam Phillips passed away all the accolades that came his way were justly deserved and then some. Without Sam Phillips and Sun Records there wouldn't have been any Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Roy Orbison and countless others. Sun Records was the birthplace of Rock and Roll, period, and Sam Phillips was a true American visionary.