At a press conference in June at Hard Rock Cafe Beale Street, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame announced the names of nine luminaries of Memphis’ rich musical legacy for 2014 induction into The Hall. Inductees announced included Lil Hardin Armstrong, Al Bell, Big Star, John Fry, Furry Lewis, Chips Moman, Ann Peebles, Carl Perkins and Jesse Winchester.
Have you heard? There’s a lot of news to share about the Memphis Music Hall of Fame!
What began as an off-hand jam session almost 60 years ago helped explode a phenomenon that has since touched almost every person on the globe… rock ‘n’ roll. Sure, there were many years of various influences, including those by many of the greatest blues legends of all time, before a 19-year old Elvis Presley stunned a frustrated Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Studios and Memphis Recording Studio, on July 5, 1954 with his version of “That’s All Right” by bluesman Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup. Most point to that moment and that studio as the epicenter of rock ‘n’ roll.
The Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum joins with Graceland and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau in celebrating that moment, and the rambunctious 60 years which followed. The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum now features “60 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll” an exhibition of star-studded memorabilia and a timeline which traces many of the highlights and headliners of the past six decades, open through January 2015. The exhibit features memorabilia from such rock ‘n’ roll legends as Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Isaac Hayes, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, and others, and reminds museum visitors of many of rock music’s most earth-shaking, headline-grabbing events.
A while back, we asked you for your favorite sunny day music from Memphis artists – you chimed in with some great suggestions. But now that the temperatures are getting warmer and warmer, we need your help to finish this Memphis music summertime mix!
If you’ve been on a Facebook fast lately or haven’t seen our tweets, you might’ve missed a few things. Here’s a quick recap.
On March 27, 1952, Sam Phillips launched Sun Records. In honor of the anniversary, we’ve compiled some cool links that will give you a refresher course on this important piece of Memphis music history!
Last week Austin, Texas, welcomed about 150,000 people for its annual celebration of all things interactive, film and music – SXSW. And while contemporary Memphis music was on displayat clubs across town throughout the week, Memphis legacy artists also got their due as the festival put the spotlight on the new film Take Me to the River with screenings, a panel and a Saturday concert.