100 great records from Memphis

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Recorded in Memphis, not necessarily by a native; single, album or 78

100 - I'll start with Al Green Explores your Mind
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sonofstan, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 17:57 (fourteen years ago) link

99 - Otis Redding - "That's How Srong My Love Is"

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:01 (fourteen years ago) link

^^^strong^^^

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:01 (fourteen years ago) link

98. Oblivians "Big Black Hole"

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:02 (fourteen years ago) link

97. Elvis Presley--From Elvis In Memphis

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:06 (fourteen years ago) link

96. Grifters - "Soda Pop"/"She Blows Blasts of Static" 45

city worker, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:27 (fourteen years ago) link

95. Jay Reatard - Blood Visions

bendy, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:28 (fourteen years ago) link

94. The Cramps - Gravest Hits

bendy, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:29 (fourteen years ago) link

93. ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

will, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:36 (fourteen years ago) link

bendy beat me to the Reatard love

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:37 (fourteen years ago) link

93. ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

Wow, really? Awesome album!

Bill Magill, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:42 (fourteen years ago) link

future thread: "100 Great Records You Had No Idea Were Recorded In Memphis"...

henry s, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 18:47 (fourteen years ago) link

THe thread starter's name should be sonofstax.

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 19:17 (fourteen years ago) link

92. "Disco Duck"

whisperineddhurt, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 19:21 (fourteen years ago) link

91. "Ahab the Arab"

will, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 19:25 (fourteen years ago) link

eddhurt beat me to my joek post

will, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 19:25 (fourteen years ago) link

90. Elvis: any Sun single

whatever, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 22:41 (fourteen years ago) link

89. 3-6 Mafia, 8ball & MJG, Young Buck - "Stay Fly"
88. Jack Oblivian - "I'm Too Old For You"
87. Booker T. & the MG's - "Time is Tight"
86. Knaughty Knights - "Death Has Come Over Me"
85. The Oblivians - "Live the Life"
84. Project PAt - "Chickenheads"
83. PAvement - "FAther To a Sister of Thought"
82. Al Green - Call Me
81. GBV - "The Official Ironmen Rally Song"

will, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 22:46 (fourteen years ago) link

80.) All right. I'll do it:
Pleased to Meet Me by the Replacements

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 22:48 (fourteen years ago) link

79-77. big star

tipsy mothra, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 22:58 (fourteen years ago) link

76 Grifters - Corolla Hoist/THUMBNAIL SKETCH (best b side ever)
By the Grifters anyhow at least

75 Blue Moon - Elvis

Fer Ark, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 23:58 (fourteen years ago) link

74. Charlie Feathers

whatever, Thursday, 14 February 2008 00:50 (fourteen years ago) link

73. Ross Johnson, "Nudist Camp" (on the new Make It Stop! compilation of his Memphis singles--easily one of the year's best releases so far.
72. "Rattled by the Rush," Pavement

whisperineddhurt, Thursday, 14 February 2008 00:51 (fourteen years ago) link

whisperineddhurt & Ross Johnson otm.

will, Thursday, 14 February 2008 01:16 (fourteen years ago) link

71. James Carr, "The Dark End of the Street"

Brad C., Thursday, 14 February 2008 01:43 (fourteen years ago) link

70. Isaac Hayes, "Walk On By"

Dimension 5ive, Thursday, 14 February 2008 02:19 (fourteen years ago) link

69. Isaac Hayes "Hung Up on My Baby"

will, Thursday, 14 February 2008 02:23 (fourteen years ago) link

68. Howlin' Wolf, "Chocolate Drop"
67. Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two, "Cry, Cry, Cry"
66. Billy Lee Riley and His Little Green Men, "Flying Saucers Rock and Roll"

Dimension 5ive, Thursday, 14 February 2008 02:28 (fourteen years ago) link

I was GOIng to SAVe thiS FOR NUMber one because it's the greatest song ever recorded but screw it

65. Ann Peebles, "I Can't Stand the Rain"

Dimension 5ive, Thursday, 14 February 2008 02:34 (fourteen years ago) link

64. Compulsive Gamblers, Gambling Days Are Over

Rock Hardy, Thursday, 14 February 2008 02:59 (fourteen years ago) link

63. Thirteen - Big Star
62. Hold on, I'm Coming - Sam & Dave

outdoor_miner, Thursday, 14 February 2008 03:20 (fourteen years ago) link

64. Compulsive Gamblers, Gambling Days Are Over
^^^ yep

61. Compulsive Gamblers - Crystal Gazing, Luck Amazing
60. Silver Jews - Starlite Walker
59. ZZ Top - "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide"
58. Jack O & The Tennessee Tearjerkers - Flipside Kid
57. Otis Redding - "Shake"
56. Fuck - Conduct

will, Thursday, 14 February 2008 03:27 (fourteen years ago) link

55. Wendy Rene - Bar-B-Q

pauls00, Thursday, 14 February 2008 03:36 (fourteen years ago) link

54. The Gentrys, "Cinnamon Girl" (on Sun)

whisperineddhurt, Thursday, 14 February 2008 04:47 (fourteen years ago) link

I was GOIng to SAVe thiS FOR NUMber one because it's the greatest song ever recorded but screw it

65. Ann Peebles, "I Can't Stand the Rain"
OTM
and add
53 I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
52 One Way Street

sonofstan, Thursday, 14 February 2008 07:49 (fourteen years ago) link

51. Lost Sounds Rat Brains and Micro-chips
50. Lost sounds Black Wave

Nate Carson, Thursday, 14 February 2008 08:22 (fourteen years ago) link

49. King Curtis - "Memphis Soul Stew"

mike t-diva, Thursday, 14 February 2008 09:09 (fourteen years ago) link

I want to nominate Shelby Bryant but I don't quite dare so I'm just gonna go with
49. The Clears - s/t

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 14 February 2008 09:11 (fourteen years ago) link

xposted, 48, sorry.

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 14 February 2008 09:11 (fourteen years ago) link

47. All The Way From Memphis - Mott The Hoople

(Well, maybe not, but, kinda, in a way ;) )

Memphis is of course the most overrated city in the history of music.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 14 February 2008 09:14 (fourteen years ago) link

of course

whatever, Thursday, 14 February 2008 09:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Memphis is of course the most overrated city in the history of music
wal, Geir, it's the only city that ever made a record that beat yer damned old Beetles at their own game--Radio City, so maybe that's why you'd say that. It's the only place I've ever been in the USA where the "psychological freedom" that Sam Phillips spoke of in his infomercial was palpable underneath the haze of Bible Belt All-American cheez-whiz blandout that the city carries with it, making it impossible for people like you to ever figure it out. don't worry Geir, there's probably some rednecks down there trying to put together a Split Enz cover band at this very moment.

whisperineddhurt, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:11 (fourteen years ago) link

46.Sonic Youth <i>Washing Machine</i>

Trip Maker, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Fuck me.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Memphis is of course the most overrated city in the history of music.

Black or African American persons, 61.4%
White persons, percent, 34.4%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, 3.0%
Asian persons, percent, 1.5%
Persons reporting some other race, 1.5%
Persons reporting two or more races, 1.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, 0.2%

Tom D., Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:16 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm down with Memphis...overrated legacy or not, it just feels like a city that births great music (as opposed to Nashville, a city which records great music)...

henry s, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:20 (fourteen years ago) link

US Maple - "Stuck" 45

city worker, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:34 (fourteen years ago) link

44. Eddie Floyd, "Big Bird"

Sara Sara Sara, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Memphis has too much rhythm, not enough melody for Geir.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:56 (fourteen years ago) link

That's one way of putting it

Tom D., Thursday, 14 February 2008 14:57 (fourteen years ago) link

The John Paul Keith album Memphis Circa 3 Am may not be one of Memphis' greatest releases but its a pretty nice slab of easy-going rockabilly meets Marshall Crenshaw powerpop rock in 2013

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/10/08/12-oclock-track-everythings-different-now-a-clean-cut-slab-of-vintage-power-pop-from-john-paul-keith

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:26 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/dec/10/party-line-memphis-music-movie-take-me-to-the/

The musical pairings in the movie include Bell with Snoop Dogg, Stax veterans Snell and the late Skip Pitts and members of the Stax Music Academy; the late Bobby “Blue” Bland with Yo Gotti; Rush with Frayser Boy; Charlie Musselwhite with The City Champs; Otis Clay with Lil’ P-Nut; Booker T. Jones with Al Kapone; Mavis Staples with the North Mississippi All-Stars; and Terrence Howard with the Hi Rhythm Section. “We videotaped each session and pretty much the making of the song,” Boo said. Five of the nine sessions were recorded at Boo’s Royal Studios.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:19 (eight years ago) link

http://vimeo.com/79138363

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:19 (eight years ago) link

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/feb/20/ann-peebles-girl-with-the-big-voice

Didn't realize Ann had a stroke a few years ago.

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 February 2014 06:07 (eight years ago) link

Nice interview by an ilxor

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 February 2014 15:17 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...
eleven months pass...

http://prestonlauterbach.com/2015/03/16/the-real-beale/

http://www.commercialappeal.com/go-memphis/book-reviews/preston-lauterbachs-beale-street-dynasty-reveals-colorful-forgotten-history-of-memphis_38561510

Lauterbach, who wrote a great book on the Chitlin' Circuit, has a new book on the early days of Beale Street, from the civil war to the 1940s or so. The links highlight the Beale Street Symposium this weekend at Rhodes College there, which includes a walking tour led by Lauterbach and 12:30 p.m.Lunchtime lecture with Charles Hughes, author of “Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South.”

I saw Hughes talk once and he's aslo worth hearing if you're in Memphis this weekned.

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 March 2015 16:47 (seven years ago) link

I despise the blues, and Mempis is way too much based on the blues.

― Geir Hongro, Saturday, February 16, 2008 3:05 PM (7 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Good lord the exchanges from 7 years ago. Robert Gordon has some Stax records outtakes on his website that are more interesting to me than "The Long And Winding Road."

http://therobertgordon.com/ghost-of-stax-past/

Losing swag by the second (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 17 March 2015 16:14 (seven years ago) link

classic geir thread

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 16:19 (seven years ago) link

x-post-Wow, Gordon found those tapes in the debris at Stax

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:13 (seven years ago) link

I know, I think that's fascinating. I wandered around the vacant lot in the late 80s and brought home what I think is a piece of floor tile.

I love the riff in "Early Mar Keys 1" so much I think I'm going to try to learn it for my band.

Losing swag by the second (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:19 (seven years ago) link

Thank you for that link, Dan -- those outtakes are great! And the lore of something being rescued from literal rubble is too much to resist.

city worker, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:45 (seven years ago) link

I know! I just finished the book "Respect Yourself," and Gordon mentions the rescued tapes in the appendix. (Note to Hollywood: The Stax Records story is BEGGING to be made into a movie - but don't screw it up a la Cadillac Records.) I told my friend who owns a record store I'd pretty much rather listen to Mar Keys outtakes right now than anything released in 2015.

Losing swag by the second (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 18:45 (seven years ago) link

lol Cadillac Records was SO bad

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 18:51 (seven years ago) link

beyonce as etta oh yeah there's a match

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 18:52 (seven years ago) link

I sometimes want to rewatch it to see if it could possibly be as bad as I thought the first time, but nah... life is too short.

Losing swag by the second (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 19:02 (seven years ago) link

Am curious about Memphis the musical, but this advertising blurb for it kinda scares me

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical,

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:45 (seven years ago) link

5 years after its NYC run, a touring version is coming to my hood, for theatre typical pricing--$50 an up

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:47 (seven years ago) link

Never heard of that, would totally see. (But yes, the blurb is yucky.)

Losing swag by the second (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:12 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

RIP Chips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzcdNwIkmYA

Brad C., Tuesday, 14 June 2016 02:07 (six years ago) link

What? RIP :(

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 02:10 (six years ago) link

Bummer. RIP

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 14 June 2016 02:12 (six years ago) link

Would post "Luckenbach Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" but the only Youtube video I can find of it is super cheesy.

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 02:12 (six years ago) link

RIP Chip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aikUcvbTQE

earlnash, Tuesday, 14 June 2016 03:31 (six years ago) link

RIP. Wow, From co-writing with Dan Penn "Dark End of the Street" to his American Studios involvement with , per that obit, the hits of Dusty Springfield ("Son of a Preacher Man"), Neil Diamond ("Sweet Caroline), Merrilee Rush ("Angel of the Morning") , B.J. Thomas ("Hooked on a Feeling"), Joe Tex ("I Gotcha"), Bobby Womack ("Fly Me To The Moon") and, perhaps most famously, Elvis Presley ("Suspicious Minds").,,,

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 June 2016 13:22 (six years ago) link

don't think i ever knew his name but damn that's some resume

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 June 2016 04:48 (six years ago) link

yep

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 June 2016 15:21 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

***** EAST COAST DATES ANNOUNCED *****
Hey Los Angeles, been good to know ya.
Carrying the MEMPHIS RENT PARTY eastward!
Rare videos, reading, Q&A, signing.
5/14 – Baltimore, Creative Alliance
5/15 – Philadelphia, Penn Book Center – with Jonny Meister
5/16 – DC Solid State Books
5/17 – Brooklyn, Kings County Distillery – with a set by Jonathan Kane’s February
Thanks in LA to the Grammy Museum—really fun night, and to Skylight Books, great place!
Further.

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 May 2018 02:25 (four years ago) link

That’s Memphis author Robert Gordon for his new book

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 May 2018 02:26 (four years ago) link

I am looking forward to this. Hoping to see rare video, like at the reading I saw him do years ago, with Alex Chilton and the Cramps on a Memphis tv local station, obscure blues folks , etc

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2018 14:10 (four years ago) link

Bookstore popup wasn't full set up for tech, so writer Robert Gordon just showed a few clips on his laptop-- Furry Lewis footage and also some Mudboy & the Neutrons film. Great stuff. Plus he talked about buying booze at 14 and bringing it to Lewis when he went to see him play at his home; an uh interesting lunch with James Carr; hanging with Tav Falco; Bobby Bland being unhappy with Gordon's pick of a roadhouse diner rather than Peabody's Hotel for an interview

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:36 (four years ago) link

eight months pass...

https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/reggie-young-renowned-guitarist-for-elvis-waylon-has-died/

RIP Reggie Young , Memphis and later Nashville guitarist

curmudgeon, Saturday, 19 January 2019 17:42 (three years ago) link

He played on OV Wright and James Carr songs

http://reggieyoung.org/discography-project?fbclid=IwAR0oubOLN_RoVZydcHirsxk0OLxjjydwSvwHbtl5C8yw-GqPfeWyTl9Lu34

curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 January 2019 06:31 (three years ago) link

Thanks. I knew he played on a lot of stuff, including those two artists but as often is the case with The Memphis Boys etc., am always finding new layers, like when I found out all about Noel Gilbert here: Stroke It Noel

Spirit of the Voice of the Beehive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 20 January 2019 14:08 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/local/2020/10/27/stan-kesler-obit-memphis-music-elvis-jerry-lee-lewis-sam-the-sham/3746810001/

RIP guitarist, songwriter, producer, engineer Stan Kesler who wrote “I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone," & "I Forgot to Remember to Forget” for Elvis, engineered soul classic “Dark End of the Street,” played w/ Jerry Lee Lewis on “Great Balls of Fire,” and produced Sam the Sham’s “Wooly Bully “.

Quite a life and never got that much attention

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:27 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

https://nicklosseatonmedia.com/iconic-memphis-drummer-howard-grimes-pens-autobiography-timekeeper-my-life-in-rhythm-with-acclaimed-author-preston-lauterbach-out-july-1-on-devault-graves-books/

Memphis drummer Howard Grimes has written his autobiography Timekeeper: My Life In Rhythm with acclaimed writer Preston Lauterbach, which will be released on Devault Graves Books on July 1 as part of the imprint’s Great Music Book Series. Known as Bulldog, Grimes tells his unvarnished story, portraying mid-century Memphis music clubs, juke joints, and cafes in North Memphis and around Beale Street, with WDIA always on the airwaves. In a conversational mode, he unveils tales of recording with Rufus Thomas, William Bell, and Carla Thomas at STAX and on all of Al Green’s genre-defining work at Hi Records. He recounts his immortal percussion contributions to Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand The Rain.”

curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 April 2021 02:45 (one year ago) link

Wow

It Is Dangerous to Meme Inside (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 April 2021 03:02 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

The Birth of Soul Music,” a documentary by Memphis filmmaker George W. Tillman Jr Premiered in Memphis last night I read, followed by a Bobby Rush concert

curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 May 2021 14:28 (one year ago) link

The film highlights Memphis' The Club Paradise and talented entertainers that have performed there — Ray Charles, Johnny Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Rush, BB King, Albert King, Little Milton, Elvis Presley, Ike and Tina Turner, and the list goes on and on

curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 May 2021 14:36 (one year ago) link

A great Memphis record by a local group:

The Goodees - Jilted

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNUIo4Exgyw

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) stan (morrisp), Saturday, 8 May 2021 16:26 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

Sadly seeing on Facebook now that Memphis drummer Howard Grimes has passed away. He played on Stax and Hi records and efforts by Al Green and Ann Peebles. He released a book about his life last year (mentioned upthread April 3 2021)

curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 February 2022 00:04 (six months ago) link

Grimes said that Stax co-founder Jim Stewart welcomed Grimes into the fold and asked him to record on Carla Thomas’ first solo singles, including the smash, “Gee Whiz.” Grimes writes that they cut that song at nearby Royal Studios, with Willie Mitchell and Moman as co-producers, after an equipment malfunction at Stax.

Grimes also would play on William Bell’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” released in 1961 and the first hit on the newly christened Stax Records. Otis Redding cut the song in 1965 right there at Stax...he band also would back visiting acts such as B.J. Thomas and Dusty Springfield. That’s how tour man Jerry Williams spotted Grimes and asked him to tour with Paul Revere and the Raiders.

“I was the only Black (person) in the band at the time,” Grimes said.

But that was the late 1960s. After Grimes endured threats in Dallas and Montgomery, Alabama, he began to consider his safety.

Teenie Hodges had mentioned to Grimes that they needed a drummer at Willie Mitchell’s studio...

Then worked with OV Wright and then Al Green, Ann Peebles and more

https://staxmuseum.com/howard-grimes-and-memphis-greatest-grooves-july-21-book-signing-by-the-legendary-timekeeper-where-it-all-began/

curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 February 2022 06:10 (six months ago) link

What an amazing history Grimes had. Sadly based on that link he had a down period ( after his 70s success) where he was living in his car for a bit. Glad his last years were up, playing with Bo-keys, backing Don Bryant & others, the book.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 February 2022 17:14 (six months ago) link

Hadn’t realized Grimes drummed on so many awesome OV Wright records

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 February 2022 05:56 (six months ago) link

picked up the goodees' "condition red" 45 recently not realizing they were memphis gals. it's so good! great addition to the bad-boy-boyfriend-in-horrible-wreck subgenre.

andrew m., Monday, 14 February 2022 15:03 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/entertainment/music/2022/07/28/sidney-kirk-obit-isaac-hayes-sideman-jazz-pianist-memphis-history/10176527002/

RIP Sidney Kirk , Memphis sideman for Isaac Hayes, Denise Lasalle and others

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 05:05 (two weeks ago) link


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