Shawn Phillips

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Shawn Phillips
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Phillips in 1971
Background information
Born (1943-02-03) February 3, 1943 (age 72)
Origin Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Genres Folk rock
Years active 1960s–present

Shawn Phillips (born February 3, 1943) is an American folk-rock musician, primarily influential in the 1960s and 1970s.

Phillips has recorded twenty albums [1] and worked with musicians including Donovan, Paul Buckmaster, J. Peter Robinson, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bernie Taupin, and many others.[2] The Texas-born singer-songwriter was described as "The best kept secret in the music business"[this quote needs a citation] by the late rock impresario Bill Graham.


Phillips was born in Fort Worth, Texas. In the 1960s he worked as a session player on several Donovan albums including Fairytale, Sunshine Superman, and Mellow Yellow,[3] performed at the Isle of Wight festival, sang on "Lovely Rita" by the Beatles,[4] and was cast to play the lead in the original production of Jesus Christ Superstar (he had to withdraw due to his heavy recording and touring schedule).[citation needed] In February 1969 Phillips wrote and performed, with The Djinn, the music for the controversial Jane Arden play Vagina Rex and the Gas Oven at the Arts Laboratory on Drury Lane.[citation needed]

Phillips worked the folk music scene in Los Angeles, New York's Greenwich Village, and London. In 1967, Phillips moved to Positano, Italy, where he remained throughout the 1970s, recording the albums Contribution, Second Contribution, Collaboration, and Faces'.

Four of his albums Faces, Bright White, Furthermore, and Do You Wonder made it into the Billboard Top 100. In addition, the singles, "Lost Horizon" and "We", made Billboard's top 100 in 1973 (63 and 92 respectively).

His album No Category, featuring his longtime collaborators Paul Buckmaster and Peter Robinson, was released in 2002.

In 2007, his first live album, Living Contribution, was released, along with a Live DVD of the same title.

Phillips today lives in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with his wife Juliette and their son Liam. He is still touring and he divides his time between writing, recording, touring and his work as an emergency medical technician (EMT), firefighter, 1st Officer, Navigator, and Extrication Specialist with the National Sea Rescue Institute of South Africa (NSRI).


Phillips in 2006



  • I'm a Loner (1964) [re-issued in 1965 as Favourite Things]
  • Shawn (1965) Columbia Records [re-issued in 1966 as First Impressions]
  • Contribution (1970)
  • Second Contribution (1970) US #208
  • Collaboration (1971)
  • Faces (1972) US #57
  • Bright White (1973) US #72
  • Furthermore (1974), A&M Records US #50
  • Do You Wonder (1974) US #101
  • Rumplestiltskin's Resolve (1975) US #201
  • Spaced (1977)
  • Transcendence (1978) RCA Records
  • Favourite Things (1987) Capitol Records
  • Beyond Here Be Dragons (1983) Wounded Bird Records
  • Best of Shawn Phillips (1990)
  • The Best of Shawn Phillips: The A&M Years (1992)
  • The Truth If It Kills (1994)
  • Another Contribution: Anthology (1995)
  • No Category (2002) Universal Records / Fat Jack Records
  • Living Contribution (2007) Sheer Sound
  • At The BBC (2009) Hux Records
  • “ Reflections” (2012)
  • “ PERSPECTIVE” (2013)
  • " Infinity " (2014)


  • A Christmas Song (1970, A&M AMS-819)
  • We
  • Lost Horizon
  • Anello (Where Are You)
  • Do You Wonder (1974. A&M)


  1. ^ "Shawn Phillips official website home page". Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce (1943-02-03). "Shawn Phillips". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Shawn Phillips website - Session Discography". 2004-04-26. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  4. ^ "Shawn Phillips". Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  5. ^ [1] "Shawn Phillips Generated and Copyright on: October 26, 2004 6:05 pm by Leslie J. Pfenninger"

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