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Sun Records Complete Artist Roster

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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?"

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  • 1

    Alan Silva

    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz

    AlbumsThe 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....  more
  • 2

    B.B. King

    Blues-rock, Soul blues

    AlbumsLet the Good Times Roll, Live at the Regal, Ladies and Gentleman... Mr. B.B. King, How Blue Can You Get?, Electric Blues

    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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  • 3

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

    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 is remembered...  more
  • 4

    Bill Black

    Rock music, Rock and roll
    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 Presley's...  more
  • 5
    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
  • 6

    Billy Lee Riley

    Rock music, Rockabilly

    AlbumsRockin' With Riley, Classic Recordings 1956-1960, Red Hot, The Sun Years, Rock With Me Baby

    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 Baby", "Flyin'...  more
  • 7

    Carl Perkins

    Rock music, Rockabilly

    AlbumsGolden 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

    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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    #660 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#676 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • 8
    Charles Arthur Feathers (June 12, 1932 – August 29, 1998) was an American country music and rockabilly musician....  more
  • 9

    Charlie Rich

    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop

    AlbumsSet Me Free, Behind Closed Doors, Fully Realized, The Very Best of Charlie Rich, The Masters

    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 the...  more

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    #10 of 101 The Best Musical Artists From Arkansas#9 of 50 The Best Country Singers From Arkansas

  • 10

    Conway Twitty

    Rock and roll, Country

    AlbumsHello Darlin', Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man, The Best of Conway & Loretta, 20 Greatest Hits

    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, and pop...  more

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    The Best Conway Twitty Albums of All Time#242 of 649 The Best Singers Of All Time

  • 11

    D. J. Fontana

    Rock and roll

    AlbumsAll 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
  • 12

    David Allan Coe

    Outlaw country, Rock music

    AlbumsRebel Meets Rebel, David Allen Coe, Longhaired Redneck, Underground Album, Texas Moon

    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", "She Used to Love Me a Lot", and...  more

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    The Best David Allan Coe Albums of All Time#112 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time

  • 13

    Dickey Lee


    AlbumsDickey 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 for...  more
  • 14

    Earl Hooker

    Chicago blues, Blues

    AlbumsI 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

    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 artists such as...  more
  • 15

    Ed Bruce


    AlbumsPuzzles, 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 Cowboys"...  more

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    #25 of 45 The Best Country Singers with Deep Voices#42 of 56 The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

  • 16

    Eddie Bond


    AlbumsThe Memphis Bopper

    Eddie Bond (July 1, 1933 – March 20, 2013) was an American rockabilly singer and guitarist....  more
  • 17

    Elvis Presley

    Christian music, Pop music

    AlbumsJailhouse 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)

    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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  • 18

    Hardrock Gunther

    Rockabilly, Rock and roll

    AlbumsGonna 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
  • 19

    Harmonica Frank Floyd

    Rockabilly, Folk music

    AlbumsThe 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....  more
  • 20

    Ike Turner

    Soul blues, Rock music

    AlbumsHere And Now, A Black Man's Soul, Trailblazer, Bad Dreams, Risin' With the Blues

    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 fifties rock...  more

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    #61 of 100 Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time#1210 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands Of All Time

  • 21

    Jack Clement

    Rock music, Rockabilly
    Jack Henderson Clement (April 5, 1931 – August 8, 2013) was an American singer, songwriter, and record and film producer....  more
  • 22

    James Cotton

    Chicago blues, Rock music

    AlbumsBest of the Verve Years, Cotton Mouth Man, Best of the Vanguard Years, Living the Blues, Late Night Blues

    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 with...  more

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    #52 of 225 The Best Blues Artists of All Time#41 of 114 The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists

  • 23
    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 400...  more
  • 24

    Jerry Lee Lewis

    Rock music, Rockabilly

    AlbumsRockin' My Life Away, Great Balls of Fire, Mean Old Man, Last Man Standing Live, Last Man Standing

    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 great wild...  more

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    Joe Hill Louis

    Memphis blues, Electric blues

    AlbumsThe 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