Born in Memphis in 1945 to parents Sam and Becky, joined together by their dedication as colleagues in radio, Knox’s association with Memphis music seemed predestined.
“He was a tireless ambassador for Memphis and Memphis music,” Jerry Phillips said of his older brother.
“He was the keeper of the flame of Sam Phillips, the Phillips family, and our independent spirit. He just was on a mission to promote Memphis music and make sure that nobody forgot about where it started – at least the part that our father played in it.”
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Through engineering and production for acts such as Randy & The Radiants, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, The Yardbirds, the late-John Prine and Willie Nelson, Knox Phillips garnered respect for his in-studio prowess. However, his benevolence and leadership left an impression on many other musicians, patrons and industry professionals, who remember him as a man whose spirit looms larger than the music he helped create.
As a trustee with the Nashville chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Knox Phillips was instrumental in establishing a Memphis chapter in 1973.