Elvis Presley, with bass player Bill Black, guitarist Scotty Moore and Sun Records and Memphis Recording studio head Sam Phillips, far right,  during a recording session in Memphis,  in  1954. Photograph: AP

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Country/Western singer Johnny Cash in recording studio. (Photo by Michael Rougier//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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