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Sun Records Complete Artist Roster

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Updated June 14, 2019 17.4k views 51 items

List of Sun Records artists, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This Sun Records roster includes both past and present artists. Popular Sun Records bands and artists are all listed here with information such as what genre the bands fall under and what albums they're known for. If you're looking for any of these Sun Records band's full discographies then click on their name and you can find them here on Ranker. The artists and bands on this list might be pop, rap, rock, electronic or any other genre, but what they all have in common is that they were signed by Sun Records.

Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash are included on this list.

This page can help answer questions like, "Who are the best Sun Records bands?" and "Which artists are signed by Sun Records?"

If any musical artists are missing from this Sun Records artists list, you can add them at the bottom of the list. (51 items)
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Alan Silva is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Avant-garde jazz, Jazz & Free jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Ongoing Strings, Skilfullness

Alan Silva (born Alan Lee da Silva; January 22, 1939 in Bermuda) is an American free jazz double bassist and keyboard player.
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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Blues-rock, Soul blues & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Let the Good Times Roll, Live at the Regal, Ladies and Gentleman... Mr. B.B. King, How Blue Can You Get?, Electric Blues, + more

Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. King introduced a ...more

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Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Live at the El Mocambo, They Call Me Big Walter, The Blues Collection 69: Shuffle and Swing, The Soul of Blues Harmonica, Memphis Recordings 1951, + more

Walter Horton, better known as Big Walter (Horton) or Walter "Shakey" Horton (April 6, 1921 – December 8, 1981) was an American blues harmonica player. A quiet, unassuming, shy man, he ...more

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#107 of 252 The Best Blues Artists of All Time #46 of 107 The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi #67 of 114 The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists

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Bill Black is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock music and Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America
William Patton Black Jr. (September 17, 1926 – October 21, 1965) was an American musician and bandleader who is noted as one of the pioneers of rock and roll. He was the bassist in Elvis ...more
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Bill Justis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster

Albums: Raunchy: The Very Best of Bill Justis

William Everett Justis Jr. (October 14, 1926 – July 16, 1982) was an American pioneer rock and roll musician, composer, and musical arranger, best known for his 1957 Grammy Hall of Fame song, ...more
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Billy Lee Riley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock music, Rockabilly & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Rockin' With Riley, Classic Recordings 1956-1960, Red Hot, The Sun Years, Rock With Me Baby, + more

Billy Lee Riley (October 5, 1933 – August 2, 2009) was an American rockabilly musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer. His most memorable recordings include "Rock With Me ...more
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Carl Perkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock music, Rockabilly & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Golden Sounds of Country Music, Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session, Blue Suede Shoes, The Sun Era Outtakes, The Sun Years: The Definitive Rock'n Roll and Country Recordings 1954 to 1957, + more

Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American singer-songwriter who recorded most notably at the Sun Studio, in Memphis, beginning in 1954. Amongst his best-known songs are ...more

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Charlie Feathers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster

Albums: Can't Hardly Stand It! The Complete 50s Recordings, Tip Top Daddy: Unissued Acoustic Demos 1958-73, This Little Show, Rock-A-Billy, Uh Huh Honey, + more

Charles Arthur Feathers (June 12, 1932 – August 29, 1998) was an American country music and rockabilly musician.
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Charlie Rich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Country pop & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Set Me Free, Behind Closed Doors, Fully Realized, The Very Best of Charlie Rich, The Masters, + more

Charles Allan Rich (December 14, 1932 – July 25, 1995) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. His eclectic style of music was often difficult to classify, encompassing ...more

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#225 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #73 of 214 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time #102 of 210 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time

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Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock and roll and Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Hello Darlin', Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man, The Best of Conway & Loretta, 20 Greatest Hits, + more

Harold Lloyd Jenkins (September 1, 1933 – June 5, 1993), better known by his stage name Conway Twitty, was an American country music singer. He also had success in the rock and roll, R&B, ...more

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The Best Conway Twitty Albums of All Time #321 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #17 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time

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D. J. Fontana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: All the King's Men

Dominic Joseph Fontana (March 15, 1931 – June 13, 2018) was an American musician best known as the drummer for Elvis Presley for 14 years. In October 1954 he was hired to play drums for Presley, ...more
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David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Outlaw country, Rock music & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Rebel Meets Rebel, David Allen Coe, Longhaired Redneck, Underground Album, Texas Moon, + more

David Allan Coe (born September 6, 1939) is an American singer. His biggest hits were "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile", "The Ride", "You Never Even Called Me by My Name", ...more

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The Best David Allan Coe Albums of All Time #74 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #91 of 214 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time

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Dickey Lee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Dickey Lee's Greatest Hits, Never Ending Song of Love

Royden Dickey Lipscomb (born September 21, 1936), known professionally as Dickey Lee (sometimes misspelled Dickie Lee or Dicky Lee), is an American pop/country singer and songwriter, best known ...more
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Earl Hooker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Chicago blues, Blues & Delta blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: I Couldn't Believe My Eyes Plus..., The Moon Is Rising, How Long Can This Go On / These Cotton-Picking Blues, Blue Guitar, Two Bugs and a Roach, + more

Earl Zebedee Hooker (January 15, 1930 – April 21, 1970) was a Chicago blues guitarist known for his slide guitar playing. Considered a "musician's musician", he performed with blues ...more
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Ed Bruce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Puzzles, If I Could Just Go Home, The Best of Ed Bruce

William Edwin Bruce Jr. (born December 29, 1939) is an American country music songwriter, singer and actor. He is known for penning the 1975 song "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be ...more

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#87 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #108 of 214 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time #165 of 210 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time

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Eddie Bond is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rockabilly; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Memphis Bopper

Eddie Bond (July 1, 1933 – March 20, 2013) was an American rockabilly singer and guitarist.
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters, Can’t Help Falling in Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby, Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition), + more

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th ...more

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Hardrock Gunther is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rockabilly, Rock and roll & Western swing; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Gonna Rock 'n' Roll, Gonna Dance All Night, I'll Give 'Em Rhythm

Sidney Louie Gunter Jr. (27 February 1925 – 15 March 2013), known as Hardrock Gunter, was a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music at the turn of the 1950s prefigured rock and roll and ...more
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Harmonica Frank Floyd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rockabilly, Folk music & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Missing Link, Harmonica Frank Floyd

Frank Floyd, known as Harmonica Frank (October 11, 1908 – August 7, 1984) was an American blues singer, guitarist and harmonicist.
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Ike Turner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Soul blues, Rock music & Memphis blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Here And Now, A Black Man's Soul, Trailblazer, Bad Dreams, Risin' With the Blues, + more

Izear Luster "Ike" Turner Jr. (November 5, 1931 – December 12, 2007) was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of ...more

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Jack Clement is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock music, Rockabilly & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America
Jack Henderson Clement (April 5, 1931 – August 8, 2013) was an American singer, songwriter, and record and film producer.
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James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Chicago blues, Rock music & Memphis blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Best of the Verve Years, Cotton Mouth Man, Best of the Vanguard Years, Living the Blues, Late Night Blues, + more

James Henry Cotton (July 1, 1935 – March 16, 2017) was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, who performed and recorded with many of the great blues artists of his time and ...more

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#429 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #1,217 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #55 of 252 The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Jean Chapel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster

Albums: To Get To You

Opal Jean Amburgey (March 6, 1925 – August 19, 1995), known professionally as Jean Chapel, was an American country singer and songwriter. She recorded for several record labels and wrote over ...more
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Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock music, Rockabilly & Honky-tonk; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Rockin' My Life Away, Great Balls of Fire, Mean Old Man, Last Man Standing Live, Last Man Standing, + more

Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, often known by his nickname, The Killer. He has been described as "rock & roll's first ...more

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#166 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #197 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #560 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Joe Hill Louis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Sun Records Complete Artist Roster

Albums: The Be-Bop Boy with Walter Horton and Mose Vinson, The One Man Band, Memphis Blues and Breakdowns

Joe Hill Louis (September 23, 1921 – August 5, 1957), born Lester Hill, was an American singer, guitarist, harmonica player and one-man band. He was one of a small number of one-man blues bands ...more