The Memphis city celebrates several festivals. Local music festivals are the favorite as it brings back the memories of the old days, the Sun Studio, Beale Street, etc. The music scene in Memphis changed in 1950 when the Stax studio stood for all great black songwriters who sold their rights for a fair amount. Today, Memphis resonates with a unique music style that makes Tennessee’s remarkable music heritage.
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As we were walking down the memory lane, we found various music legends that inspired Memphis music. We’re glad to share those stories with you as well –
- Al Greene is known for his biggest hits. He moved to Memphis to record with Willie Mitchell and Hi Records in 1960.
- Ann Peebles was the most successful female recording artist in the 1970s and a member of Hi Records.
- B.B. King is not only famous in Memphis, but also worldwide as the best musician in blues. One of the streets in Memphis is named after him and you can also see its remarkable impact on people after visiting any nightclub or museum.
- Big Star is the garage rock band in the 1970s that left a huge impact on the coming generation. One of the members, Stephens, is still alive and can be seen working in the Ardent Studio as one of the managers.
- Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland is also one of the legends apart from B.B. King from the same group, who is known for its unique sound and individuality.
- Booker T. and the MGS have given big hits to the Stax Studio.
- Carl Perkins is one of the popular songwriters and singers in the music history. He changed the music forever after recording for the Sun Studio.
- Carla Thomas is the popular female artist of the Stax Records. She still performs sometimes in Memphis.
- David Porter with writer Isaac Hayes has given some marvelous music and song pieces. Porter is now the founder and president of the Consortium MMT that promotes music talent in the Memphis community.
- Elvis Presley is also recognized as the ‘King of Rock n Roll’. His iconic dressing style and genre are still preferred today and now the Memphis city is known as the birthplace of Rock n Roll.
- Jerry Lee Lewis is the most influential soul singer. He has given many duets and solo hits and is a Multi-Grammy Award Winner.
- Johnny Cash is known for blending Rock n Roll with country music. Johnny Cash is the best-selling artist of all time.
- Justin Timberlake is a multi-Grammy Award-winner who has sold more than 30 million albums. He now resides in Tennessee and plays an important role in the Memphis community.
- Otis Redding is known to have one of the iconic voices. He is known to be the biggest name of the Stax Records.
- Rufus Thomas is known to influence in the forming of Memphis music. He is known for its exaggerated stage costumes which can be seen in music museums.
- Memphis is the birthplace of Rock n Roll and blues, but it’s also a birthplace of Three 6 Mafia who gave hip hop a reputation and a popular genre. They influence many musicians and singers worldwide with their hip hop style.
- W.C. handy is known as the Father of the Blues is known for his signature style. He is the first to publish blues music and influenced Bobby Blue Bland, B.B. King, and Muddy Waters.
- Willie Mitchell is a music producer who has recorded many famous artists. He has worked with Carla Thomas, Ike and Tina, Bobbly Blue Bland, An Peebles, etc.
These legends are still remembered by the locals of Memphis. If you want to know about them then visit the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Beale Street to check their masterpieces, some of their costumes, and instruments. Plan to stay a few days in Memphis and take a tour of these places to know these marvelous personalities.