Memphis inspires a unique sound ranging from tantalizing soul music to rebellious rock ‘n’ roll rhythm. The sound is still alive and vibrant in the streets, nightclubs, bars, and juke joints around Memphis. Let’s trace the roots of legendary Memphis musicians that have a massive impact on the worldwide music landscape.
Even after the passage of multiple decades since the introduction of blues and the birth of soul music and rock ‘n’ roll, one thing is revealed that Memphis music still beats. Numerous musicians visit the city to pay their tribute to the iconic Memphis Singers that inspired them to create a new melody from the old-popular songs.
In soul music, people still enjoy Green’s biggest hits. Green opened the Gospel Tabernacle Church, where he serves as a reverend. His gospel robes, bible, and stage jackets are displayed at the Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum.
She is the most popular female artist and influential soul singer of the 1970s. You can get a glimpse of her two-piece leopard print dress and beaded dress at the Music Hall of Fame.
In the late 1940s, King entered the blues scene and played on Beale Street with other popular blue musicians. He is the biggest Memphis musician popular as the greatest blue music performer. His imprints are obvious at the nightclubs, museum displays, and even street names.
Big Star group was a garage rock band of the 1970s. At the Music Hall of Fame, you will see the band’s Christmas poster, neon sign, and drummer Jody’s boots display.
Bobby Blue Bland
Bobby Blue Bland was also renowned as the greatest blues musician. He was the owner of a unique and individual sound. At the Music Hall of Fame, you will see his performance stool, suit, boot, and hat.
Booker T. & the MGS
Booker T, MGS, Albert King, Otis Redding, etc. was a group that influenced the world in the 60s and 70s. They gave some huge hits as a group for Stax Records. Booker T. still schedules show in Memphis!
Carl Perkins is a singer and a songwriter that influenced many musicians. Popular singers like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Johnny Cash recorded the covers of Carl Perkins’s hits.
She was Stax records, a popular female artist. You will find a lot of memorabilia at the local museums. At Stax Museum you can spot her recording session copy of the King& Queen, an album with Otis Redding.
He was listed among the 100 greatest songwriters. Today, Porter is the president and founder of the organization – Consortium MMT that promotes and develops local music talents.
He is the king of rock ‘n’ roll an iconic music style, which is still prominent. Memphis was already home of blues but Elvis helped to quickly add the title rock ‘n’ roll. You can look at the extravagant car collection of the king at Presley Motor Museum and capture a selfie with Elvis at the Sun Studio.
Isaac Hayes, Jerry Lee Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Rufus Thomas, W.C. Handy, three 6 Mafia, Willie Mitchell, etc. are some of the names that got listed in the rich music history of Memphis.