"I have chosen to be a musician. I discovered early in life that I had what I consider the greatest gift any individual can be given--the ability to create music. Not rock and roll but music."--Shawn Phillips
"A&M was really a family affair. They were truly more interested in who made really good music than who would sell the most singles. There were, of course, the usual bunch of naysayers and bean-counters....In my opinion, Jerry Moss is the only person with any integrity in the recording industry. He's still my friend to this day, and I have a great deal of respect for the man."--Shawn Phillips
Said Jerry Moss, "I admired and had a great deal of respect for Shawn Phillips when I worked with him. He was, to me, a very interesting and unique artist. He never fit into any particular slot on the programming scale, but he was a wonderful guitarist, composer and vocalist. Bright, sometimes downright funny, and always easy to be around."
Signed with A&M Records in 1970.
The album Second Contribution went platinum in Canada and South Africa.
- Shawn Phillips: Ignored Talent? Albert Salerno. Discoveries, January 2000.