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(Christmas is a) Time For UsJohn Conklin3:23
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(Christmas is a) Time For UsJohn Conklin3:22
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(Do The) Push And Pull (Part 1)Rufus ThomasPop / Soul / R&B19711Nov 19712:07Male70s
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(Do The) Push And Pull (Part 2)Rufus ThomasSoul / R&B2:35Male70s
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(Everybody's) In the MoodMEMPHIS DAYS VOL.1Howlin WolfBlues2:56produced by Sam Phillips at Memphis recording Service 706 Union Avenue.Male50s
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(Ghost) Riders in the SkyCASH The LegendJohnny CashCountry3:30Male70s
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(I Love) LucyStax 68 A Memphis Story Disc2Albert KingSoul / R&B20182:47Stax 68 A Memphis Story Disc2
Stax Records will highlight its 1968 releases with the forthcoming five-disc box set, Stax ’68: A Memphis Story. The massive box set – which includes songs from Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Isaac Hayes, William Bell, and Rufus and Carla Thomas – will feature 134 songs.

The set will comprise every single, both A- and B-sides, the venerable soul label and its sub-labels released in 1968. Classics from the era, including Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay” and Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You,” are included alongside deep cuts from the label’s catalog.

60s
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(It's A) Long Lonely HighwayElvisRock n Rolll / Pop2:14Male60s
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(Let Me Be Your) Teddy BearElvisRock n Rolll19571Jul 19571:45from Elvis' 2nd motion picture, Loving You.

The song was a US number-one hit for Elvis Presley during the summer of 1957, staying at number-one for seven weeks,
'(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear' would also hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers List
It was also number one on the country charts.
Male50s
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(Marie's The Name) His Latest FlameElvisRock n Rolll1Aug 19611:59originally recorded by Del Shannon on the album Runaway With Del Shannon, which was released in June 1961. Elvis' version was released in August 1961. #4 in the US.

The single (a double A-side with 'Little Sister') spent four weeks at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart

Male60s
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(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As IElvisRock n Rolll / R&B / L-O-V-E1May 19592:24Oringinally performed by Hank Snow in 1952. Elvis had the hit in 1959 going to #2 in the US and #1 in the UK
Flip side: I Need Your Love Tonight
Male50s
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(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The BaySTAX 50th Anniversary CollectionOtis ReddingSoul / R&B19681Nov 19682:31from the album The Dock of the Bay
B-side 'Sweet Lorene' (Volt issue)
'Keep Your Arms Around Me' (Atco reissue)
Released January 8, 1968
Format Vinyl record
Recorded November 22 and December 7, 1967, Stax Studios, Memphis, Tennessee[1]
Genre Rhythm and blues, soul
Length 2:38
Label Volt/Atco
V-157
Writer(s) Steve Cropper
Otis Redding
Producer(s) Steve Cropper
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Male60s
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(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The BayOtis ReddingSoul / R&B12:35Male60s
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(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the BayStax 68 A Memphis Story Disc1Otis ReddingSoul / R&B20182:33Stax 68 A Memphis Story Disc1

Stax Records will highlight its 1968 releases with the forthcoming five-disc box set, Stax ’68: A Memphis Story. The massive box set – which includes songs from Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Isaac Hayes, William Bell, and Rufus and Carla Thomas – will feature 134 songs.

The set will comprise every single, both A- and B-sides, the venerable soul label and its sub-labels released in 1968. Classics from the era, including Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay” and Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You,” are included alongside deep cuts from the label’s catalog.

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(Sitting On) The Dock Of The BayThe Memphis ProjectDual Drive20144:28
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(Such an) Easy QuestionElvisRock n Rolll / Pop2:12March 18 1962 RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee

Something Blue N2WW 0685-07
Gonna Get Back Home Somehow N2WW 0686-07
Easy Question N2WW 0687-05
Fountain Of Love N2WW 0688-10
Just For Old Times Sake N2WW 0689-05
Night Rider N2WW 0690-05
You'll Be Gone N2WW 0691-03
Male60s
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(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been GoneBooker T. & the MG'sPop / Soul / R&B2:49Male Group60s
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(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been GoneAretha's BestAretha FranklinPop / Soul / R&B / L-O-V-E19685Mar 19682:18Female60s
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(Take My Hand) Precious LordMemphis Yes Im ReadyDee Dee BridgewaterSoul / R&B20174:13MEMPHIS... YES, I'M READY
by Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater has gone back to her beginning...Memphis, TN.

Born in the city known for it’s pivotal part in American culture, music and civil rights struggle, Bridgewater was part of an American legacy. After moving to Flint, Michigan, Bridgewater’s childhood nights were spent tuning into Memphis’ WDIA, the first radio station in the nation featuring all-black programming. It was also the station where her father spun vinyl as the on-air disc jockey, “Matt the Platter Cat.”

This album is not only a return to Bridgewater’s roots, but it offers ground-breaking reimagining of American Blues and R&B classics with backing by the Stax Academy Choir, Kirk Whalum and recorded at Willie Mitchell’s world-renowned Royal Studios. Scheduled for a 2017 release on Bridgewater’s own imprint, DDB Records, the album is expected to the distributed by OKeh Records/Sony Masterworks. Co-Produced by Bridgewater and close friend Kirk Whalum, a Memphis native, the as yet Untitled release features such crowd pleasers as...“Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)” by the Staples Singers, “I’m Going Down Slow” and “Don’t Be Cruel”, among others.

Additional songs:
• The Thrill is Gone (BB King)
• I'm Going Down Slow (Bobby Blue Bland) • Try a Little Tenderness (Otis Redding)
• Giving Up (Gladys Knight & the Pips)
• Can't Get Next to You (Al Green)
• I Can't Stand the Rain (Ann Peeples)

FemaleMillennial
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(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)ElvisGospel195739Nov 19573:19Male50s
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(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)Cash Ultimate GospelJohnny CashGospel2:42. Cash: Ultimate Gospel collects 24 of his best, most drawn from his Columbia catalog with a pair ('I Was There When It Happened' and 'Belshazzar') emanating from Cash's early Sun Records period, and two ('Oh Come, Angel Band' and 'Children Go Where I Send Thee') originally on the Cachet label. Three tracks on the set are previously unreleased: a moving reading of 'How Great Thou Art,' that rivals Elvis Presley's, 'It Is No Secret What God Can Do,' and 'My Ship Will Sail.' As with all of Cash's music, there is a realism and warmth to his delivery; Cash's spiritual music is saccharine-free and naked in its emotions, non-preachy and devoid of hellfire in its words -- he's out to tell a story, not to convertMale
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(There’s) Always Something There to Remind MeStax 68 A Memphis Story Disc3The Del-RaysSoul / R&B20183:23
Stax 68 A Memphis Story Disc3

Stax Records will highlight its 1968 releases with the forthcoming five-disc box set, Stax ’68: A Memphis Story. The massive box set – which includes songs from Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Isaac Hayes, William Bell, and Rufus and Carla Thomas – will feature 134 songs.

The set will comprise every single, both A- and B-sides, the venerable soul label and its sub-labels released in 1968. Classics from the era, including Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay” and Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You,” are included alongside deep cuts from the label’s catalog.

60s
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(Well) That's All RightMEMPHIS DAYS VOL.1Howlin WolfBlues2:59produced by Sam Phillips at Memphis recording Service 706 Union Avenue.Male50s
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(You Can't Blow) Smoke RingsThe Trashed RomeosRock n Rolll / Indy Artist20112:37BANDcamp
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The Trashed Romeos, led by Greg Roberson (Tiger High, Reigning Sound, Arthur Lee’s Love, Compulsive Gamblers), hail from the very epicenter of rock- n -roll, Memphis, Tn. Roberson has a pretty straight forward mission with his band’s debut record Where Dreamers Never Go, to pay homage to his late friend Jim Dickinson (Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Big Star, The Replacements, Ry Cooder) and to focus attention on some of his hometown heroes and the obscure psychedelic garage rock 45’s they released in the mid 6o’s.

The Trashed Romeos feature, Roberson’s Tiger High band mates, Jake and Toby Vest, Rick Steff (Lucero, Cat Power) , and multi-instrumentalist and engineer Adam Hill (Big Star, Alex Chilton, White Stripes, The Raconteurs).

“Where Dreamers Never Go” is a love letter to Memphis and to Dickinson's legacy.

Both the Cd and Cassette packages for “Where Dreamers Never Go” include a 1968 photo of Jim Dickinson by Jim Marshall. Marshall is responsible for such iconic images as Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey Pop and Johnny Cash flipping the bird at San Quentin.

www.jimmarshallphotographyllc.com... more
credits
released October 30, 2012

Produced By: Greg Roberson with The Trashed Romeos
Engineered By: Toby Vest with The trashed Romeos
Mixed By: Adam Hill with Toby Vest
Mastered By: Brad Blackwood at Euphonics Masters
Male GroupMillennial
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(You Give Me) The ShakesDiversityFreeWorldRock n Rolll / Soul199910:54Male Group90s
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(You're The) Devil In DisguiseElvisRock n Rolll / Pop1Aug 19632:13#3 in the US
#1 in the UK
In 1963, when the song was debuted to a British audience on the BBC television show Juke Box Jury, the celebrity guest John Lennon voted the song “a miss” saying that Elvis Presley was 'like Bing Crosby now'. The song went on to reach number 1 in the UK

Bass singer J.D. Sumner is featured in the song, singing in a low register to represent the Devil with the repeated phrase 'Oh, Yes, You Are', before the song's fade.


Male60s
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(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And HigherOtis ReddingSoul / R&B2:59Male60s
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(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And HigherLove ManOtis ReddingSoul / R&B / L-O-V-E19692:57Male60s
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(Your Love Is A) Life SaverCarla ThomasSoul / R&B19922:10Twenty outtakes recorded for Stax between 1960-68Female60s
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#1Get Em Next TimeStar & MiceyRock n Rolll / Indy Artist / Americana20162:08Male GroupMillennial
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2 / 14My Thoughts On YouThe Band CAMINORock n Rolll / Indy Artist20162:41Male GroupMillennial
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24/7 Good ThangDiversityFreeWorldRock n Rolll / Soul19994:59Male Group90s
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25 Minutes to GoCASH The LegendJohnny CashCountry3:08Male60s
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2nd & BealeFreeWorldJazz4:45
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3 A.M.Jeff Hulett20132:35
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3 O'Clock In The Morning BluesMississippi Blues_Various ArtistsIke & Tina TurnerBlues2:38
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3-Point LandingDiversityFreeWorldRock n Rolll / Soul19993:49Male Group90s
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3-Point LandingLive From MemphisFreeWorldRock n Rolll / Soul20034:14Male GroupMillennial
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32-20 BluesRobert Johnson The Complete RecordingsRobert JohnsonBlues2:46Robert Johnson is considered to be one of the greatest blues performers of all time. His hits include 'I Believe I'll Dust My Broom' and 'Sweet Home Chicago,' which has become a blues standard. Part of his mythology is a story of how he gained his musical talents by making a bargain with the devil. He died at age 27 as the suspected victim of a deliberate poisoning.
He only recorded 29 songs to his name for the company ARC Records (American Record Corporation), and several of which were released as 78 rpm singles on Vocalion Records.
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4 WindowsCalculated XCalculated XRock n Rolll / Indy Artist4:44Calculated X was a 80s band that played regularly at THE ANTENNA CLUB.
The lead singer and bassist for Calculated X was Bobby Bowie who passed away in 2003.

Steve McGehee, former operator and owner of the Antenna club in Midtown, still speaks of Calculated X as one of his favorite bands.

'Calculated X was the big, fun party band, where most of Bobby's lyrics had a mysterious air about them,' says Hayes.
Male Group80s
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4 Windows (relapse)Calculated XCalculated XRock n Rolll / Indy Artist4:56Calculated X was a 80s band that played regularly at THE ANTENNA CLUB.
The lead singer and bassist for Calculated X was Bobby Bowie who passed away in 2003.

Steve McGehee, former operator and owner of the Antenna club in Midtown, still speaks of Calculated X as one of his favorite bands.

'Calculated X was the big, fun party band, where most of Bobby's lyrics had a mysterious air about them,' says Hayes.
Male Group80s
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44 BluesJoe Hill Lewis The Be-Bop Boy with Walter Horton and Mose VinsonMose VinsonBlues / Boogie Woogie2:40ALLMUSIC
Joe Hill Louis created quite a racket as a popular one-man blues band around Memphis during the 1950s. If not for his tragic premature demise, his name would surely be more widely revered. Lester (or Leslie) Hill ran away from home at age 14, living instead with a well-heeled Memphis family. A fight with another youth that was won by young Hill earned him the 'Joe Louis' appellation. Harp came first for the multi-instrumentalist; by the late '40s, his one-man musical attack was a popular attraction in Handy Park and on WDIA, the groundbreaking Memphis radio station where he hosted a 15-minute program billed as The Pepticon Boy.

Also known as the Be-Bop Boy, Louis made his recording debut in 1949 for Columbia, but the remainder of his output was issued on R&B indies large and small -- Phillips (Sam Phillips's first extremely short-lived logo), Modern, Sun, Checker, Meteor, Big Town (where he cut the blistering 'Hydramatic Woman,' a tune he'd cut previously for Sun in 1953 with Walter Horton on harp, but Phillips never released it), and House of Sound. Louis was only 35 when he died of tetanus, contracted when a deep gash on his thumb became infected.
Male50s
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44 LongRufus ThomasSoul / R&B19922:40Can't Get Away from This Dog gathers 20 previously unreleased Rufus Thomas recordings from the Stax vaultsMale
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45° AnglePhineas Newborn JrJazz5:48Before moving on to work with Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, and others, Newborn first played in an R&B band led by his father on drums, with his brother Calvin on guitar, Tuff Green on bass, Ben Branch and future Hi Records star Willie Mitchell. The group was the house band at the now famous Plantation Inn Club in West Memphis, Arkansas, from 1947 to 1951, and recorded as B. B. King's band on his first recordings in 1949, as well as the Sun Records sessions in 1950.[2] They left West Memphis in 1951 to tour with Jackie Brenston as the 'Delta Cats' in support of the record 'Rocket 88', recorded by Sam Phillips and considered by many to be the first ever rock & roll record (it was the first Billboard No. 1 record for Chess Records).[3]

Among his earliest recordings, from the early 1950s, are those for Sun Records with blues harmonica player Big Walter Horton, We Three (as a trio with drummer Roy Haynes and bassist Paul Chambers), and his debut as a solo artist on RCA Victor, Phineas' Rainbow.
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49th StSeeking Higher GroundThe Maguire TwinsJazz20185:01MEMPHIS FLYER:
The Maguire Twins (Carl & Alan)

Seeking Higher Ground (Three Tree)

Though these gifted siblings grew up in Hong Kong, this album owes a great deal to Memphis. Moving here at 15, the twins first studied jazz at the Stax Music Academy and then at UT-Knoxville under Memphis native Donald Brown. The renowned pianist helped the two blossom into a drum and bass team that is almost telepathic. This debut, produced by Brown, also features him playing Fender Rhodes on one song, and the classic horn-driven sound they create tacks between arranged heads and slightly unhinged workouts that nod to classic '60s and '70s jazz, balancing soul and innovation perfectly.

Male GroupMillennial
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50,000 WattsThe River & The ThreadRosanne CashAmericana20142:47FemaleMillennial
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51 Phantom51 PhantomNorth Mississippi AllstarsRock n Rolll / Blues20013:15North Mississippi Allstars is an American southern rock/blues band from Hernando, Mississippi, United States, founded in 1996. The band is composed of two brothers, Luther Dickinson (guitar, lowebow, vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, keyboards, electric washboard, vocals).

Luther and Cody Dickinson's father was the Memphis musician and record producer Jim Dickinson. Besides releasing music in his own name, he worked with Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and Primal Scream. Jim Dickinson also established the Zebra Ranch recording studio complex during the 1990s in Hernando, Mississippi. His career spanned more than four decades before his death, on August 15, 2009.
Male GroupMillennial
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52:10Sojourners (a Tribute to Rich Mullins)Wilson GoodPop / CCM20153:03MaleMillennial
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53 DaysHomeCarolina StoryIndy Artist / Americana20113:01Home is the 3rd LP from Carolina Story-(2011)

Carolina Story consists of husband/wife duo, Ben & Emily Roberts, two singer/songwriters from Arkansas
& South Dakota respectively, who met at Visible Music College in Memphis in 2007. They began collaborating their musical styles, naturally fell in love & were married by June 2009. In 2010, as they continually toured all over the US, visiting 28 states & playing nearly 200 shows, they came to understand that this life is about people & cultivating community & relationship. They found that music is the medium for this. Most of their songs have come from the people they have met or personal experiences & translate into stories about the human condition that everyone can relate to. As they continued singing/writing together, a unique blend was formed which is rooted in Folk/Americana/Old Country/Roots music.
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61 HighwayPrayer For PeaceNorth Mississippi AllstarsRock n Rolll / Blues20173:04The North Mississippi Allstars celebrate their 20th anniversary (21st, actually) by going all the way back to their roots. Prayer for Peace is a set comprised mostly of blues and folk covers played by Luther & Cody Dickinson assisted by a cast of friends and longstanding collaborators. While five tracks were tracked at Grand Royal Studios in Memphis with co-producer Boo Mitchell, the remainder of the 11 tunes were cut all over the country with a host of guest musicians.

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634 5789 (Soulsville USA)The Exciting Wilson PickettWilson PickettRock n Rolll / Soul / R&B / L-O-V-E2:51Male60s
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78 Eatonwood GreenSojourners (a Tribute to Rich Mullins)Ashley K. DavisGospel / Jazz20153:15Ashley Keith Davis is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.

Ashley has 30+ years experience as a music professional in both music education and in the music industry, having served as a principal tutor, lecturer, music professor, artistic director, music school administrator, vocal coach, concert artist, & consultant, and has performed & traveled in over 23 countries.
He has served as the Artistic Director of the Stax Music Academy in Memphis, TN, Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Department & Sacred Music Studies at LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN and the Dean of Musical Studies for Friends International Christian University’s Christian Ministry Institute in London, England.

Some of his accomplishments include: Founder and CEO of the Kerygma Music Initiative (KMI), a music ministry conglomerate consisting of a record label, production company, publishing company, and a church music consulting firm, President, Vision Records & Entertainment/EMI Musical Director, Michael & Regina Winans, Musical Director, National Civil Rights Museum’s “Freedom Awards”,Conductor/Arranger, Soulsville Symphony Orchestra, Songwriter/Producer/Session Musician/Music Director

credits include: James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, Freda Payne, Edwin Hawkins, Billy Paul, Faith Hill, Kim Burrell, Ralph Sutton, Candi Staton, Wendy Moten, Betty Lavette, Vaneese Thomas, Rufus Thomas, The Reddings, Glenn Jones, Howard Hewett, Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Rev. Timothy Wright, Philippe Saisse, Kirk Whalum, the Richard Smallwood Singers, Michael & Regina Winans, Cheryl Porter, Chris Willis,Laurice Lanier, Leon Parker, Recipient of the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Recipient of the Judges’ Distinguished Performer Award, Yamaha Organ Festival, Tokyo, Japan,Composer for the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, “The Least Among Us” He was recently commissioned as composer for Moss Pictures, London, England
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80 Miles From MemphisSouthern AvenueSouthern AvenueRock n Rolll / Blues / Soul / R&B20173:50Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. “If Memphis is a genre, this is it!” proclaims American Blues Scene and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue - “The most talked about band in Memphis.”Mixed GroupMillennial
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8th WonderSacred Southern SoulJason Lee McKinney BandRock n Rolll / Gospel / Country / Americana / L-O-V-E20173:22Male GroupMillennial
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90 Days Same As CashGot To Get Back!The BoKeysRock n Rolll / Pop / R&B20113:09Male GroupMillennial
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901 NumberHeart Shaped ShadowJohn Paul KeithIndy Artist / Americana / L-O-V-E20182:56Memphis-based roots rocker John Paul Keith has been on quite a tear lately. On the same day he turned in a full length with his band Motel Mirrors, he also released another 12-track solo record. And neither album seems to have taken a backseat to the other.

On “Heart Shaped Shadow,” Keith’s fourth outing on his own, he delivers a brilliant mix of Honky Tonk piano, R&B and alt country/roots rock. Whether he’s singing about heartbreak and lost opportunities (“901 Number,” “Someday Somebody’s Gonna Love Me”) or hoping for love (“A Little Bit of Loving,”) … hell, who am I kidding, this entire record is about love – either falling in or falling out of. But so was about 90% of Chuck Barry’s music.

Keith comes off like a modern-day Roy Orbison on this LP, thanks to his Telecaster twang, vulnerable lyrics and earnest delivery, turning in a devastatingly beautiful album of heartache and hope.

John Paul Keith – Heart Shaped Shadow/12 tracks/Last Chance Records/2018

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928I'm Not Strange, I'm Just Like YouKeith SykesAmericana19802:03ALLMUSIC
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In a career that's gone a most circuitous route, the multi-talented Keith Sykes has gone from working with Jimmy Buffett and Larry Raspberry, to pitching songs to the Wilburn Brothers, to being a darling of the Austin, Texas singer/songwriter set, to a Memphis hometown favorite. Here Sykes' 1979 album gets reissued in the digital format with two new tunes appended to it, Jimmy Buffett's 'Volcano' (which Sykes co-wrote) and his own 'Those Were the Days,' a classic rocker that fits well with the older material. Other highlights include 'Big Time,' 'Makin' It Before They Got Married,' a great take at 'Smack Dab in the Middle' and the title track.

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99 1/2With A Little Help From My FriendsSteve CropperRock n Rolll / Soul / R&B19693:14from ALLMUSIC.com

After years of being a team player, Steve Cropper got to make a solo album for the label he helped put on the map, Stax Records (actually their Volt subsidiary). As you might figure, it turned out as an instrumental soul album, and a darn good one, too. It's a bona fide Telecaster-soaked dance workout, with Cropper turning in signature versions of 'Land of a Thousand Dances,' '99 1/2,' (which features a particularly nasty period fuzz guitar), 'Funky Broadway,' 'Boo-Ga-Loo Down Broadway,' 'In the Midnight Hour,' and original instrumentals like 'Crop Dustin'' and the closer 'Rattlesnake.' A solid and soulful little side project that holds up quite well years later.
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99 and a HalfWe'll Never Turn BackMavis StaplesBlues / Soul / R&B / Gospel20074:28FemaleMillennial
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99 and a Half Wont DoBless My BonesSongbirds of the SouthGospel2:30Bless My Bones: Memphis Gospel Radio - 1950s highlights eight stellar ensembles in a stunning set of radio transcriptions from Memphis's WDIA. Includes '99 & 1/2 Won't Do' by The Song Birds of the South and 'Milky White Way' by The Spirit of Memphis, as well as tracks by the Dixie Nightingales, Southern Wonders, and Sunset Travelers.
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A young program director in the 70s was going to throw away many of the 78rpm records made at WDIA from live performances. Gospel DJ Theo 'Bless My Bones ' Wade retrieved some of these discs. The songs on this LP are from Brother Wade's collection.
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99 PoundsStraight From The HeartAnn PeeblesSoul / R&B19722:08ALLMUSIC
A lean, tough set that was not only a triumph for Peebles, but illustrated how the Hi label had surpassed its crosstown Stax rival for quality Memphis soul in the early '70s. The guitars are spare, funky, and bluesy, the horn section punchy, and the material far earthier and down-home than the increasingly formulaic grooves at Stax. There were three modest R&B hits on the album ('Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love,' 'I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home,' 'Somebody's on Your Case'), much of which was penned by Peebles or her husband Don Bryant. Peebles' vocals were convincingly biting, and she never, unlike many other singers of the era, tried too hard for her own good. The main flaw of the record is its length (26 minutes), which was short even by early-'70s standards.
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A Big Hunk O' LoveElvisRock n Rolll / R&B1Jul 19592:01from the album 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong
was released as a single on June 23, 1959
'A Big Hunk o' Love', a hard, driving rocker, was recorded at Elvis' first and only session during his two years of army service. The session took place on June 10, 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. It was the first session that did not include guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, who had both worked with Elvis since his first recordings for Sam Phillips at the Memphis Recording Service, which later became known as Sun Studios. The recording featured Elvis' regular drummer D.J. Fontana and backing vocalists the Jordanaires, who would continue to work with Elvis until Elvis' appearance at the Hilton in Las Vegas. The rest of the musicians were top Nashville session men, such as guitarist Hank Garland on Gibson Byrdland guitar, Floyd Cramer on piano, Bob Moore on double bass, Buddy Harman and D.J.Fontana on a drums. The song was recorded in four takes, the released version is actually spliced from takes three and four.
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A Boy Named SueCASH The LegendJohnny CashCountry3:37Male60s
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A Chicken Ain't Nothing But A BirdDinosaurs Run in CirclesJames Luther DickinsonBlues / Boogie Woogie / Indy Artist20082:41Jim Dickinson s third album in as many years is very much a stylistic departure from anything he s previously recorded in a music career that spans five decades. The legendary producer (Big Star, Replacements, Green On Red, Ry Cooder, Mudhoney, Alvin Youngblood Heart etc) and session man (Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Duane Allman) is to say the least, one of the most idionsyncratic artists of our time. Here he is joined only by the rhythm section of Sam Shoup (bass) and Tom Lonardo (drums) for an outing that celebrates his non-rock and roll roots.

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A Condition of the HeartA Condition of the HeartWinston StewartGospel5:23MaleMillennial
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A Dime a DozenStax 68 A Memphis Story Disc2Carla ThomasSoul / R&B20182:47Stax 68 A Memphis Story Disc2
Stax Records will highlight its 1968 releases with the forthcoming five-disc box set, Stax ’68: A Memphis Story. The massive box set – which includes songs from Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Isaac Hayes, William Bell, and Rufus and Carla Thomas – will feature 134 songs.

The set will comprise every single, both A- and B-sides, the venerable soul label and its sub-labels released in 1968. Classics from the era, including Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay” and Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You,” are included alongside deep cuts from the label’s catalog.

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A Dying Man's PleaMavis StaplesGospel3:35Female
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A Feather's Not a BirdThe River & The ThreadRosanne CashAmericana20143:10FemaleMillennial
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A Fool For Your StockingsDuGuelloZZ TopRock n Rolll19794:04Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, had become the group's main recording studio since 1973.
Terry Manning was responsible for the engineering.
Recording occurred in Studio A and included an 'SpectraSonics by Auditronics' mixing console that was a permanent fixture until 1985
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A Good Clean SweatA Centurys RemainsArma Secreta2:33Genre: Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental
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Four years after the demise of post-punk band Staynless, guitarist/singer Christopher Wark returns to rock music. After assembling a crack squad of instrumentalists: drummer/singer Bradley Bean, and stunt bass operator Michael Brandon, Christopher has feverishly and methodically pieced together his monolith from a brain catalogue of fragmented sounds.
Every was detail meticulously analyzed and tested to produce the greatest output of rock action attainable by three human inputs.
The result is a brilliant onslaught of precision-wound 21st century action rock.
Arma Secreta's self-produced full-length album 'A Century's Remains' was recorded in multiple sessions and locations over the last year, despite numerous obstacles, and life threatening setbacks.
National in-store release date August 29 2006.

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Arma Secreta, the Memphis-based trio, slay in the good old fashions of At The Drive-In, Mars Volta, Bullet Train To Vegas, etc. Wildly intricate drums, thunderous guitar, rolling bass lines, and no mercy. Massive, epic, cinematic post-rock. These guys play from the heart. Found them a few months back, listened the shit out of them, wondering why it’s taken me so long to suggest it to others. These guys tear it up. Do yourself a favor, and wrecka-check-check ‘em out. Jordan S. (Decoy)
It is a general rule in most forms of journalism that the usage of the first person is huge no-no. While music reviewing allows a little leeway in regards to the “I” word, it’s still something that writers should use sparingly. Now that the groundwork has been laid, I got to be honest. I’m stuck in the fucking past – 1990 to 1999 to be specific. To this day I am still stubbornly biased towards Midwestern post-punk from that era. Examples: Christie Front Drive, Prozac Memory, Back of Dave, No Knife, Drive Like Jehu, Boy’s Life, Giant’s Chair, Vitreous Humor, and on and on and on. So it’s difficult to swallow how twee-mo bands are spawning like guppies while outfits that harkens back to this era are all but non-existent.

Memphis’ Arma Secreta is a rare exception to this trend. On its debut LP A Century’s Remains, Arma Secreta shows that not only does it tip its cap to the past but also surpasses some of them, too. With blistering hooks and intricate melodies throughout, Arma Secreta’s songs don’t just grab a melody and milk it for three minutes, but contain plenty of infectious shifts and transitions that push this disc past the fifty-minute mark. While A Century’s Remains is chalk full of memorable songs, it’s “Turin Style” that stands heads and shoulders above the rest. Running over six minutes, it has a chorus that will be churning around your head for perpetuity. It may be April, but A Century’s Remains is without a doubt one the best records you’ll pick up this year. – David Lichius (The Daily Copper)

B I O G R A P H Y :
Arma Secreta, Portuguese for “secret weapon”, began in 2003. Their infancy was like most bands: no name, no direction in mind, just a guitarist and a drummer hashing out ideas in their precious spare time, and testing out their new rock relationship in whatever space they could find, which in this case happened to be the back of an office furniture factory in Memphis, Tennessee. And with every session came more ideas and more excitement about what they were creating, piecing together, and ultimately ushering into the world.

Feeling that sense of urgency that comes with too many ideas, not enough time, and future regret; the two agreed the music needed to be made, a band had to be formed. They converted the back of their space into what is now Missile Silo Studios, and got to work.

Nine months after the formation of this band, it’s very existence was threatened when Christopher (ex-Staynless) was diagnosed with cancer in December 2003. After surgery and months of recovery, Christopher, Bradley, and former bass player / mixing engineer Alex Zhort made a pact that they would not play live again until their record was finished. And that is exactly what Arma Secreta did. “When a doctor tells you that you’re dying, your priorities change pretty quickly. We all decided that touring was a distraction for us, so we holed up for nine months and focused on writing, recording and producing this record ourselves. It was an amazing process; with no pressure, deadlines, or label interference, we had the luxury of making this record exactly what we wanted, and there aren’t many bands that can say that.” recalls Wark.

Recorded in various sessions over the course of 2004/2005, and notably the last rock record
(8 of 11 songs) tracked at Memphis’s legendary Easley-McCain Studios before it burned to the ground; A Century’s Remains is a painstakingly produced and meticulously arranged indie rock monolith. While ripe with hooks, this music is not pop, the songs on A Century’s Remains are smartly constructed rock puzzles; unpredictable, exciting, chaotic, and beautiful.
The meaning of the album’s title is two-fold, as Wark explains, ”the album art is part of an aerial photo essay by the same name documenting the leftovers of a century of industry and progress; and as for the music, many of these songs evolved from fragments I’ve had in inventory literally since before the turn of the century.”

Since the addition of bass player Michael Brandon, Arma Secreta has focused on delivering action packed rock to show goers everywhere.
Appropriately dubbed by fans as “three men doing the work of six,” with Bradley’s blurry machine-like drumming, Christopher’s confounding guitar loop layering, and Michael’s bass gymnastics; their live show is a sight to behold, taking audiences from whisper quiet anticipation to blistering waves of noise and frenzied power.
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A Hard Day’s NightStax 68 A Memphis Story Disc1BarKaysSoul / R&B20182:36Stax 68 A Memphis Story Disc1

Stax Records will highlight its 1968 releases with the forthcoming five-disc box set, Stax ’68: A Memphis Story. The massive box set – which includes songs from Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Isaac Hayes, William Bell, and Rufus and Carla Thomas – will feature 134 songs.

The set will comprise every single, both A- and B-sides, the venerable soul label and its sub-labels released in 1968. Classics from the era, including Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay” and Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You,” are included alongside deep cuts from the label’s catalog.

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A House Full Of GirlsIsaac HayesSoul / R&B / Jazz3:46Double Feature : Music From The Soundtracks Of Three Tough Guys & Truck TurnerMale70s
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A Little Bit of LovingHeart Shaped ShadowJohn Paul KeithIndy Artist / Americana / L-O-V-E20183:02Memphis-based roots rocker John Paul Keith has been on quite a tear lately. On the same day he turned in a full length with his band Motel Mirrors, he also released another 12-track solo record. And neither album seems to have taken a backseat to the other.

On “Heart Shaped Shadow,” Keith’s fourth outing on his own, he delivers a brilliant mix of Honky Tonk piano, R&B and alt country/roots rock. Whether he’s singing about heartbreak and lost opportunities (“901 Number,” “Someday Somebody’s Gonna Love Me”) or hoping for love (“A Little Bit of Loving,”) … hell, who am I kidding, this entire record is about love – either falling in or falling out of. But so was about 90% of Chuck Barry’s music.

Keith comes off like a modern-day Roy Orbison on this LP, thanks to his Telecaster twang, vulnerable lyrics and earnest delivery, turning in a devastatingly beautiful album of heartache and hope.

John Paul Keith – Heart Shaped Shadow/12 tracks/Last Chance Records/2018

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A Little Drummer BoySarah Simmons3:24
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A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix)ElvisRock n Rolll / L-O-V-E1Jul 20023:30#50 in the US
#1 in the UK
A 2002 remix by Junkie XL of a later re-recording of the song by Presley became a worldwide hit, topping the singles charts in nine countries
(JXL version featured in movie Ocean's Eleven 2001)

'A Little Less Conversation' was first recorded on 7 March 1968 at Western Recorders in Hollywood, California, for the movie for the 1968 film Live a Little, Love a Little

There are several different takes that were made of the song in the session on 7 March. The single version used take 16, which was also used for the soundtrack of the film.

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A Little MoreJason Lee McKinney Band3:56
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A Lonely Lover's PleaB.B. King Sings SpiritualsB.B. KingR&B / L-O-V-E19592:43B.B. King's early songs were recorded by Sam Phillips at Memphis Recording Service, 706 Union Ave. Memphis, TN
These songs were, in turn, released on label owned by the BAHARI Bros. Theses labels included MODERN, RPM and CROWN. B.B.'s last project for the Bahari Bros was a collection of Gospel songs that he had grown up hearing and singing in church in Mississippi. This would be the only Gospel album in B.B. King's career.
Tracks 11 - 18 were not on the origianl album and are not Gospel, (except #17 Precious Lord and #18 Swing Low Sweet Chariot)
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A Love Like YoursIke & Tina TurnerSoul / L-O-V-E3:49The duo was inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

In 1954, blues musician Ike Turner had moved to St. Louis from Memphis to find work for him and his band, the Kings of Rhythm. By 1956, Turner and his band had become one of the most popular live performing attractions to the St. Louis and neighboring East St. Louis club scene. Prior to the move to St. Louis, Turner worked as a talent scout for R&B labels such as Modern and RPM Records.

Around this time, a young high school student from Nutbush, Tennessee who had moved to St. Louis from Brownsville named Anna Mae Bullock, began attending the predominantly African American nightclub, Club Manhattan, where she saw the Kings of Rhythm for the first time, later writing that the band's performance 'put her in a trance'.
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A Love of the PastMEMPHIS BEAT (The SUN Recordings)Randy & the RadiantsRock n Rolll / Pop2:18ALLMUSIC . com
Randy Haspel was a 16-year-old kid whose band the Radiants played dances and frat parties in Memphis, TN when one day, a fan at a show offered to introduce the band to his father. The fan was Knox Phillips, and his father, Sam Phillips, happened to run Sun Records, the legendary independent label that gave the world Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and many other trailblazing acts.

Randy & the Radiants recorded for Sun during the label's waning days in the mid-'60s, with Sam Phillips producing most of their sessions, and Memphis Beat, which collects two dozen of the band's Sun sides, documents a curious time and place where the influences of the British Invasion and the garage rock explosion were being felt at the house that rockabilly built.

On record, Randy & the Radiants sounded significantly tighter and more professional than the average teenage band of the era, and they had an outstanding songwriter in guitarist Bob Simon, though Phillips occasionally prodded them to cover the likes of 'Boppin' the Blues' and 'Blue Suede Shoes,' and they also tackled a few blues numbers and British Invasion hits.

Haspel and his bandmates had a strong knack for harmonies, and there are moments on Memphis Beat where the Radiants sound like the lost middle ground between blue-eyed soul and the Hollies, but oddly enough Phillips' production, for which the band is best remembered today, doesn't often suit the band especially well, making them sound looser and less disciplined than they really were and sometimes making the group vocals sound mushy.

Still, as a document of Memphis' Anglophile underground in its infancy, this is fascinating stuff, and the best tunes -- the local hits 'My Way of Thinking' and 'Truth from My Eyes' -- suggest they could have matured into one of the great bands of the garage era if college and the draft hadn't stalled their progress in 1966.

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A Lover Is ForeverRewoundReba RussellBlues20074:58Female90s
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A Lover's QuestionOtis ReddingSoul / R&B2:30Male60s
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A Lover's QuestionOtis ReddingSoul / R&B / L-O-V-E19692:48Male60s
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A Mess of BluesElvisRock n Rolll / Blues2:37Recorded: 1960/03/20, first released on single

March 20, 1960 - At noon Elvis, his entourage, Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana (But not Bill Black, who never plays with Elvis again) take a charted bus to Nashville for a session at RCA's Studio B, whose recoding facilities have been upgraded with a three track machine. The are joined by all the musicians from the June 1958 session, the Jordanaires, Colonel Parker and RCA's new chief studio engineer, Bill Porter.

Elvis records six songs (In true stereo for the first time) including 'Stuck On You' and 'Fame And Fortune' which will be pressed and shipped within two days as an urgently need new single.

The other songs will form part of his new album, with more sessions to follow in April.
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A Mile Out of MemphisRob CrosbyCountry3:30Male
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A Mile Out of MemphisGo Cat Go!Carl PerkinsRock n Rolll / RockaBilly19962:59Released 2 years before his death, Go Cat Go! is a 1996 tribute album to Carl Perkins.
For most of the songs, Perkins himself performs with other artists.
The album includes recordings from all four ex-Beatles, with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr recording new material,
while John Lennon's version of 'Blue Suede Shoes' comes from his album Live Peace in Toronto 1969;
Jimi Hendrix's version of the same song is also an archive recording.
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A Million or More TimesStax 68 A Memphis Story Disc2Eddie Henderson QuintetSoul / R&B20182:18Stax 68 A Memphis Story Disc2
Stax Records will highlight its 1968 releases with the forthcoming five-disc box set, Stax ’68: A Memphis Story. The massive box set – which includes songs from Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Isaac Hayes, William Bell, and Rufus and Carla Thomas – will feature 134 songs.

The set will comprise every single, both A- and B-sides, the venerable soul label and its sub-labels released in 1968. Classics from the era, including Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay” and Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You,” are included alongside deep cuts from the label’s catalog.

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A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)Aretha's BestAretha FranklinPop / Soul / R&B / L-O-V-E19678Nov 19672:38Female60s
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A Nickel and a NailDon't Give Up On LoveDon BryantBlues / Soul / R&B20174:36Memphis soul original and Hi Records hit man Don Bryant has announced his return to music with ‘Don’t Give Up On Love,’ set for release on May 12th via Fat Possum Records. Recorded in honor of his wife of 43 years, the soul legend Ann Peebles, the collection is Don’s first release in decades.

Now premiering over at NPR Music is the lead single and video for “How Do I Get There”. The video was shot in Clayborn Temple, the historic Memphis church that served as the city’s staging ground during the Civil Rights Movement.
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A Penny For Your ThoughtsWilliam BellSoul / R&B / L-O-V-E19712:55Male70s
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A Place Nobody Can FindSweat 'n' Soul: Anthology (1965-1971)Sam & DaveSoul / R&B2:47Male Group60s
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A Place to Lay My HeadGood LightDrew Holcomb & The NeighborsIndy Artist / Americana20133:56GOOD LIGHT album recorded at ARDENT STUDIOS 2000 madison ave - MEMPHIS 2013MaleMillennial
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A Showman's LifeSoul DaysDobie GraySoul / R&B20013:31recorded in Memphis in 2001 at CADRE Studio 149 Monroe Avenue
Directed by Norbert Putnam

written by Jessie Winchester
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A Smile Can't Hide (A Broken Heart)William BellSoul / R&B / L-O-V-E19692:23Male60s
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A Song For TomorrowTo Those Who BelieveKenneth Whalum IIISoul / R&B / Jazz / L-O-V-E20114:22Kenneth Whalum III, sometimes credited as simply Kenneth Whalum, is a saxophonist and arranger. He has also branched out to record a dreamy and aching style of contemporary R&B that deviates from the sounds heard on commercial radio. The son of Kenneth T. Whalum, who is the pastor of Memphis, Tennessee's Mount Olivet Baptist Church, Whalum is part of a deeply musical family that includes Kirk Whalum, Kevin Whalum, and Kyle Whalum, among other musicians. After he played saxophone on and served as executive producer for the New Olivet Sanctuary Choir's album 4God2God: 2nd Chances, Whalum appeared on several high-profile R&B and rap recordings. Among the earlier albums that feature him are Jay-Z's American Gangster, as heard on the highlight 'Roc Boys (And the Winner Is...),' and Maxwell's BLACKsummers'night. In 2010, Whalum released his first solo jazz recording, To Those Who Believe. Following that, he contributed to a stylistically broad range of albums by the likes of Christian Scott, John Legend, Kris Bowers, and Big K.R.I.T., the last of whom was featured on Whalum's early 2014 single 'Away.' In 2015, he teased the release of his second album, Through Hell and High Water, with the track 'Ghost Town.'
~ Andy Kellman

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A Story That's Never Been ToldRufus ThomasSoul / R&B19922:28Can't Get Away from This Dog gathers 20 previously unreleased Rufus Thomas recordings from the Stax vaultsMale
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A Thing Called LoveCASH The LegendJohnny CashCountry2:28Male70s
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A Touch Of The BluesBobby BLUE BlandBlues19673:13Bland was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described him as 'second in stature only to B.B. King as a product of Memphis's Beale Street blues scene'.

Touch of The Blues – 1967 (Duke Records)
Recorded at ROYAL Studio, Memphis

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A Tribute To A KingStax 68 A Memphis Story Disc1William BellSoul / R&B20182:45Stax 68 A Memphis Story Disc1

Stax Records will highlight its 1968 releases with the forthcoming five-disc box set, Stax ’68: A Memphis Story. The massive box set – which includes songs from Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Isaac Hayes, William Bell, and Rufus and Carla Thomas – will feature 134 songs.

The set will comprise every single, both A- and B-sides, the venerable soul label and its sub-labels released in 1968. Classics from the era, including Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay” and Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You,” are included alongside deep cuts from the label’s catalog.

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A Tribute To A KingWilliam BellSoul / R&B2:47Male60s
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