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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Music From Memphis, TN

WC Handy (Father of the Blues) statue on Beale Street
He wrote the Memphis Blues.
I chose this week's Musical Monday Moves Me theme. Everyone needs to tell us where they are from and to feature music from their home town. Since I've lived in Memphis for the last 29 years, I now call this Tennessee town home. First up is a song from a young artist who was an APEX (intellectually gifted) student in Shelby County Schools where I teach. I know a couple of ladies who taught him, and I once saw him perform at one of our teacher's conferences. Unfortunately, I wasn't smart enough to ask Dr. Weiner when Justin Timberlake was coming in so I could schedule my dental appointments to be "In Sync" with his visits. I never saw another one of his patients, Gennifer Goodwin, in my dentist's office, either.  

The next artist is The King. Although he died before I moved to Memphis, my father-in-law taught him how to tie a tie. My husband used to see him regularly at the Memphis Jewish Community Center after hours. He'd come out with his buddies to play basketball. Uncle Bernard Lansky, the clothier to the king, was so tight with Elvis that my husband was invited to ride in one of the limos at his funeral; however, Mitchell couldn't get home from college. Elvis Presley recorded his first record at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Yo! Here comes Elvis.

There are many more artists with a Memphis connection. Ike and Tina Turner once owned a home not too far from where we live, Aretha Franklin brought lots of "Respect" to Memphis, Tennessee, and Rosanne Cash was born here while her father Johnny was recording at Sun Studios. Though not born in Memphis, B.B. King moved here and Isaac Hayes died here. We have become the mecca for music over the years as many artists lived here. But I know no one has ever heard of any of these people I mentioned or the many more one would find if you googled "Memphis Musicians." Not being one to post a lot of songs, I will end with one final song about our town. Marc Cohn wrote it after being touched by a visit to Memphis. He captured this place so well, that here he is. 

They even made a Memphis the Musical.
So, do you this I was being selfish when I suggested this theme 
or did I just want a chance to brag?

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XmasDolly said...

Great theme Girlfriend! I'm really luvin' it and everyone else is so far too. I think everyone has added that one extra song too! lol Guess everyone is proud of their hometown. Luvin' all of yours too! Wow I didn't know Justin Timberlake was from there. He's sooooo..... soooo... hhehehe Thanks for joining us and you have certainly ROCKED THE HOUSE! YOU GO GIRL!!!!

Michelle aka Naila Moon said...

I knew you would post an Elvis piece. Your connection is unreal! Of course I liked the other two as well.

I have a connection to Tennessee as I was born in Nashville. ;)

This theme was really awesome, thanks for it!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Selfish? Nah, I love your theme pick for this week ~ great fun & oh so much talent!'s perfectly okay to brag about where you're from. I have never been to Memphis, but I hope to visit someday. I'd like to see Elvis' home and get some of that Memphis barbeque. Have a tunetastic week, Joyce!

stevebethere said...

I like all these, can't resist a bit of Elvis I just love Walking In Memphis

Which leaves me with just one thing left to say...Good choice Joyce ;-)

Stacy Uncorked said...

Wow wow wow! I am not worthy to be in your presence! :) LOVE the background of the musicians in your awesome hometown - and the connection of you and your family to THE King. :) I also love your song choices. Tennessee really is rich in musical talents, isn't it? What a great place to call home!! :)

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Unknown said...

I love this theme and you have every right to brag...Memphis has Justin Timberlake and Elvis! And Cohn's song says it all. I've never been to Memphis but it seems to have all the old world flavor of the bluesy rockin' South. All great songs, thanks and hope you have a fantastic week!

LA Botchar said...

oh I am burning up with these!! LOL
all are great representation of Memphis: from the King to Cohen's amazing song.

Binky said...

That's a lot of Elvis connections! So unfortunate that he died so young.

Binky said...

That's a lot of Elvis connections! So unfortunate that he died so young.

Rhonda Albom said...

Elvis was the only name that popped into my head when I read your title. However, I got stuck on the 29 years you have been in Memphis. Being that we are the same age, it just doesn't seem possible.

mail4rosey said...

This is cool that music from hometown artists is being featured. I like Justin Timberlake.

Rebecca said...

Oh my you turned my knees to jello with elvis. I'm all about a little jail house rock or love me tender.

New Jersey Memories said...

Of course, when I think of Memphis I always think of Elvis. When I think of the amazing talent in the early days of Sun Studios it is just incredible! What a group of people to get together in one place at one time (at least in a place that isn't New York or L.A.)

Great post!

Unknown said...

How wonderful. What great choices of music.

Crystal Collier said...

Goodness, I don't think my home town has any music to cite...unless I count my own. I love your selections though.