Third Eye Blind, Live, Ben Folds Five, and Aerosmith are among the artists set to cover classic tunes from Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash as part of a planned tribute album celebrating the 50th anniversary of the seminal rock label, Sun Records.
Others artists confirmed to appear on the record, which is being produced by Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, include Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Who, Jeff Beck, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Elton John, Rod Stewart, and Van Morrison.
London-Sire Records is tentatively set to issue the compilation album next spring, although most of the acts involved are still in the process of recording and submitting tracks, and the final line-up and track-listing is not expected to be settled for at least the next few months.
The Sun Records tribute LP will accompany a two-hour documentary film about the label being assembled by Bruce Sinofsky, who co-directed
the acclaimed "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills" and "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations" documentaries.
Sinofsky's work on the two films with partner Joe Berlinger helped spawn the Free The West Memphis Three campaign, which has drawn support from the likes of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, L7 and Steve Earle, among others (see "Vedder, Supersuckers For West Memphis Three LP").
The Sun Records documentary is a joint effort by Shooting Gallery and Middle Fork Productions, and is tentatively set to air on PBS in December 2001 as part of the "American Masters" series produced by WNET in New York City.
Sam Phillips, who was amongst the first batch of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, was a producer and talent scout who opened Sun Studios in 1950 and oversaw the 1951 sessions for Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88," a song widely regarded as the first rock and roll record.
Phillips launched his Sun Records label a year later, and helped lay the early groundwork for rock and roll music by producing several of Elvis Presley's first hits, including "That's All Right," as well as other tracks from the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis ("Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On"), Carl Perkins ("Blue Suede Shoes"), and Johnny Cash ("I Walk The Line").