Quinton Claunch played guitar in Muscle Shoals, Alabama as a kid, where he started writing songs. While working for several local radio stations he learned how to record music. Once he moved to Memphis he was hired by his old friend Sam Phillips (who also grew up in Muscle Shoals) to play guitar on several sides for Wanda Jackson and Carl Perkins. In 1957, while in Memphis, Quinton saw the need to open his own recording label, which he called Hi Records. Hi Records became a very important label for music and the growing Memphis sound. In 1964, Quinton started another important label called Goldwax Records, which specialized in soul and gospel music.