Well folks, I'm gonna be out of town for the next several days, in Memphis TN, the jewel of the mid-south and one of my favorite places. So, feeling a strange obligation to keep all of you readers amused, I've compiled a little playlist of songs concerning Memphis. None of these mp3's are from actual records (i.e. 78's or 45's) like in my ordinary posts, but they're all good and I'm sure some of will you prefer the less noisy recordings. Plus, it's really a bitch to find a copy of Mott The Hoople on 78. There were several ways I could have approached this, considering the plethora of great music recorded in Memphis' studios, (Stax, Hi, American, Sun, Easley, Ardent, etc.), or songs mentioning Memphis ("Honky Tonk Women"). Instead, I've opted for the easy and painless (search title) option of itunes. There are omissions and things I don't have, but I think these selections are just fine.
"I'm Going To Memphis" by Johnny Cash
"That's How I Got To Memphis" by Tom T. Hall
Ballad Of Forty Dollars, 1968.
"Raining In Memphis" by Dan Penn
Nobody's Fool, 1973.
"All The Way From Memphis" by Mott The Hoople
"Memphis And Arkansas Bridge" by Charlie Rich
Boss Man, 1970.
"Memphis Yodel" by Jimmie Rodgers
First Sessions, 1928.
"Night Train To Memphis" by Roy Acuff
The Essential Roy Acuff: 1936-1949 1943.
"The Memphis Train" by Rufus Thomas
The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968, 1968.
"Well, I've Been To Memphis" by David Johansen
David Johansen And The Harry Smiths, 2000.
"Memphis Tennessee" by Jerry Lawler
It Came From Memphis Volume 2, 1975.
"Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again" by Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde, 1966.
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