RARA-AVIS: Phillips the father

From: Moorich2@aol.com
Date: 28 Sep 2000

Searching around trying to discover James Atlee Phillips date of death, I discovered that he has a son who has a cult following as a singer/composer/musician. The son is Shawn Phillips (born 1943) and has recorded 15 albums since the 60s. He did nine albums for the respected A&M label and later recorded for RCA. I gather he was never a huge commercial success but definitely has a following and is still performing and recording.
 Back in the 60s he played with Donovan and is credited officially as the author of one of Donovan's recordings but they fell out when Phillips claimed he co-wrote several others, including "Sunshine Superman."

Maybe some of you out there are familiar with him. I'm not but will be on the lookout for "The Best of Shawn Phillips, the A&M Years."

Richard Moore

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