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WHAT'S common between 'Father of The Blues' W C Handy, rock 'n' roll king Elvis Presley and current heartthrob Justin Timberlake? Any guesses - other that the fact that they are all musicians?

Well, they all belong to Memphis, the cultural hub in Tennessee state of south-eastern US. And Memphis was much more than just the home town of these three musicians. It was also the place where an entire style of The Blues was started.

The Memphis Blues has been around a hundred years. Initial players included Handy, Frank Stokes, Memphis Minnie and Sleepy John Estes. Later, a whole lot of Blues musicians played in and around Memphis. BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Memphis Slim and Albert King were among them.

It wasn't only The Blues. Country star Johnny Cash, rock 'n' roll musicians Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, soul band Booker T & the MGs, and singers Otis Redding, Ike Turner, Isaac Hayes and Roy Orbison, all got their big breaksFor out of Memphis.

The Blues, Memphis was Capital City, and Beale Street the happening area. The style was initially popular in variety entertainment shows (called vaudeville) and juke joints. After World War II, many musicians came from impoverished areas and settled in Memphis where they developed a new sound. Howlin' Wolf and BB King recorded for the famous Sun Records.

 The sub-genre also inspired pop singer Cyndi Lauper to release an album called 'Memphis Blues' in 2010. Shocked? The truth is that it actually features blues artistes like BB King, Charlie Musselwhite and Jonny Lang on some blues standards. In fact, the album can act as a perfect guide to the genre.

  • Electric Blues
    Electric Blues
  • Texas Blues - Electrifying
    Texas Blues - Electrifying
  • Chess Records - A Pioneering Blues Label
    Chess Records - A Pioneering Blues Label
  • Blues Power - Women Empowered
    Blues Power - Women Empowered
  • For The Past Couple Of Decades
    For The Past Couple Of Decades
  • The Jump Blues
    The Jump Blues
  • A Lonely Sound
    A Lonely Sound
  • The Blues Soul Crossover
    The Blues Soul Crossover
  • The Blues Had A Baby
    The Blues Had A Baby
  • Eternal Charm of Pre-War Blues
    Eternal Charm of Pre-War Blues
  • Stage Names of Blues Musicians
    Stage Names of Blues Musicians
  • The Blues Standards
    The Blues Standards
  • Blues Conscience
    Blues Conscience
  • Joyce Arora on selecting the Blues artists
    Joyce Arora on selecting the Blues artists
  • Joyce Arora on the concerts
    Joyce Arora on the concerts
  • Luke Kenny - Festival Director on 'Simply The Blues'
    Luke Kenny - Festival Director on 'Simply The Blues'
  • Luke Kenny in conversation about 'Simply The Blues'
    Luke Kenny in conversation about 'Simply The Blues'
  • Memphis - Cradle of the Blues
    Memphis - Cradle of the Blues
  • Ministry of Blues
    Ministry of Blues
  • Overdrive Trio
    Overdrive Trio
  • Smokestack
    Smokestack
  • Soulmate
    Soulmate
  • The Idea behind 'Simply The Blues'
    The Idea behind 'Simply The Blues'
  • Ground Zero Blues Club
    Ground Zero Blues Club
  • Killing Floor - Still Rockin
    Killing Floor - Still Rockin
  • Live At The Regal
    Live At The Regal
  • Blues Harp - Plaintive Wail
    Blues Harp - Plaintive Wail
  • When I First Met The Blues
    When I First Met The Blues