For release: September 30, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis College of Communication and Fine Arts will salute Knox
Phillips with the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award in the Creative and Performing
Arts. The award will be presented at a luncheon Friday, Oct. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at
Charles Vergos Rendezvous
Phillips has been an important force behind the music scene as an engineer, producer,
studio owner, and tireless supporter of local music. Phillips learned the production
business from his father, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, and from Elvis Presley’s
guitarist, Scotty Moore.
While attending college, Phillips began recording local garage bands. As an engineer,
he worked on a succession of milestone releases, many of them for Atlantic Records’
Jerry Wexler, including Willie Nelson’s Shotgun Willie and Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr.
Bojangles.” He also worked closely with original Sun artist Jerry Lee Lewis.
Phillips has continued to record and produce, expanding into placement of songs in
film and television. He serves on the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Advisory Board.
“Twenty-nine years ago, when the College of Communication and Fine Arts began presenting
the Distinguished Achievement Award in the Creative and Performing Arts, the very
first award went to the legendary producer, engineer, and recording studio and record
label executive Sam Phillips,” said Dr. Richard Ranta, dean of the college. “We are
so very pleased to bestow this year’s award on another producer, engineer, and recording
executive of the Phillips family – Knox Phillips. For almost 40 years, Knox has been
one of the major players in, and supporters of, Memphis music. And, as a trustee
of the Nashville chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in
the early 1970s, he was instrumental in creating perhaps Memphis’ most important continuing
musical asset, the Memphis chapter of the Recording Academy.”
The cost of the luncheon is $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. Seating is
limited. For reservations, call 901-678-5086 or 901-678-4372.