My debut novel, After The Dance, is set in Memphis, TN and contains a number of musical references. Even though most of the acts I reference in the book aren't Memphis-based ones, I thought it might be fun to compile a list groups, singers and musicians with ties to the Memphis area. Let me know which ones you already knew and which ones you didn't.
1) Al Green (Has long made Memphis his home and also pastors a church there.)
2) Aretha Franklin (Was born in Memphis. Her father, the late Reverand C.L. Franklin, earned his degree from an institution I once attended and where I met my hubby, LeMoyne-Owen College.)
3) The Bar-Kays (Started at Memphis' Porter Jr. High School and rose to fame on the old Stax recording label.)
4) B.B. King (Got his start performing on Beale Street and was once a DJ at Memphis' own WDIA.)
5) Bobby Blue Bland (Last I heard, he lived in Germantown, a suburb of Memphis.)
6) Earth, Wind and Fire (Group leader, Maurice White once called Memphis home and if I'm not mistaken, honed his musical chops at Memphis' Booker T. Washington High School.)
7) Elvis Presley (Lived and Recorded in Memphis. His South Memphis "Graceland" home is one of the city's biggest tourist attractions.)
8) Isaac Hayes (Long made Memphis his home and once performed on the old Stax label.)
9) Kirk Whalum (Grew up in Memphis and recently moved back to the city.)
10) Otis Redding (Performed on the old Stax label, a Memphis-based record company.)
11) Rufus Thomas (Long called Memphis home, recorded for Stax and was a DJ for Memphis' WDIA.)
12) Three 6 Mafia (As much as I hate to say it, this group is a Memphis product)
13) The Sylvers (All of the big afro-wearing members of this group were born in Memphis and got their start there before they moved to Cali.)
Did you find any surprises on this list? Can you name any other musical artists with ties to Memphis, TN?
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