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Memphis Music Scene

Memphis is the birthplace of rock and roll. Situated on the northernmost edge of the Mississippi Delta, the city has long been a musical and cultural magnet for artists from throughout the South.  In the Twenties, it lured blues musicians eager to forge a living in the saloons along Beale Street.  As the first stopping-off point for black sharecroppers and their families heading north during the Depression and war years of the Thirties and Forties, Memphis’ musical culture was further transformed by transients with diverse influences and styles. Sam Phillips, who worked at a local radio station, was the visionary ...

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Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

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