Learn about the historic partnership between producer Sam Phillips and singer Elvis Presley with this clip from Soundbreaking. Phillips heard the potential in Presley's voice as someone who could bring black music to white audiences, and encouraged him to sing appropriate repertoire, such as the blues song "That's Alright Mama." This, combined with his skills in the recording studio, is part of what made Elvis Presley a huge superstar.
This video is part of a lesson plan called Sam Phillips: Producing the Sounds of Integration and Urbanization. Find more resources in the Soundbreaking collection.