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  Memphis blues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Memphis blues is a style of blues music that was created in 1920s and 1930s by Memphis-area musicians like Frank Stokes, Sleepy John Estes, Furry Lewis and Memphis Minnie.
Some musicologists believe that it was in the Memphis blues that the seperate roles of rhythm and lead guitar were defined.
"Memphis Blues" is also the title of a song published by W.C. Handy in 1912.
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 Blues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The use of blue notes and the prominence of call-and-response patterns in the music and lyrics are indicative of the blues' West African pedigree.
One kind of early 1940s urban blues was the jump blues, a style heavily influenced by big band music and characterized by the use of the guitar in the rhythm section, a jazzy, up-tempo sound, declamatory vocals and the use of the saxophone or other brass instruments.
Blues is sometimes danced as an informal type of swing dance, with no fixed patterns and a heavy focus on connection, sensuality and improvisation, often with body contact.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Blues   (6762 words)

 Blues Biographies - Artist of the Blues - Blues-Radio.com
Blues lyrics are often intensely personal, frequently contain sexual references and often deal with the pain of betrayal, desertion, and unrequited love (Kamien 519) or with unhappy situations such as being jobless, hungry, broke, away from home, lonely, or downhearted because of an unfaithful lover.
Therefore, these purists maintain that many melodies with the word "blues" in the title, and which are often spoken of as being the blues, are not the blues because their melodies lack this particular basic blues harmonic construction.
Whatever one may think of the social implications of the blues, whether expressing the American or fl experience in microcosm, it was their "strong autobiographical nature, their intense personal passion, chaos and loneliness, executed so vibrantly that it captured the imagination of modern musicians" and the general public as well.
www.bluescities.net /greats.html   (2183 words)

 Trail of the Hellhound: Memphis Blues
Memphis was the hub of the Midsouth, and advertisements in local papers, on radio, and by word-of-mouth among musicians drew performers trying to get record deals to recording sessions in public venues like the Peabody Hotel and the Memphis Auditorium.
With a combination of jump blues records and live music by B.B. King, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Howlin' Wolf, the station became a blues tastemaker.
The city's blues roots became the bedrock of the soul music created there in the 1960s, because many of Memphis's greatest soul musicians learned their chops from musicians they heard on Beale Street.
www.cr.nps.gov /delta/blues/schools/memphis_school.htm   (657 words)

 Memphis Tennessee Travel Guide - USA Tourist
Memphis is situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at the western border of Tennessee.
This is the birthplace of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock and Roll.
They stop at Memphis on their journeys and it is possible to cruise from one day to a week or more on the greatest rivers in the USA.
www.usatourist.com /english/places/tennessee/memphis.html   (1311 words)

 The Blues . Blues Road Trip . Memphis and St. Louis | PBS
A Memphis park was named after Handy in recognition of his contribution to blues and the Blues Foundation recognizes the genre's achievements annually with the prestigious W.C. Handy award.
His blues are infused with a Memphis soul sound; he became a rock and blues star after signing to the Memphis-based Stax label, which was responsible for some of the finest soul music ever recorded.
Memphis Minnie was an accomplished guitarist, banjo player, vocalist and songwriter whose career was long and prolific, and she won the enduring respect of her contemporaries, male and female.
www.pbs.org /theblues/roadtrip/mem-louissongs.html   (1932 words)

 The Blues . The Songs & the Artists | PBS
The passionate and uniquely American art form known as the blues was born in the steamy fields, dusty street corners and ramshackle juke joints of the Deep South in the late 1800s.
Many early blues songs were never written down, much less recorded, but were passed from one musician to another and played on whatever instruments were available including clapped percussions, a variety of stringed instruments, harmonicas, horns and more.
By the time the blues were first recorded in the early 1920s guitars and pianos were the most frequent instruments of choice by blues artists, but the basic 12 bar style and three-chord progressions have remained essentially the same and continue to define the blues to this day.
www.pbs.org /theblues/songsartists/songsartists.html   (271 words)

 On "Memphis Blues"
The poem partly draws upon the traditional notion of "preaching the blues" found in both music and oral literature, but significantly it is not a parody of the sermon but a brilliant exploration of the song-sermon form in which the blues are historically and formally grounded.
Each individual call, we may note further, is a kind of compressed blues experience, for the blues are a poetry of challenge and confrontation, and this fact is reflected in the poem's thematic concerns and its structure--its stanzas, its imagery, its rhythm, its diction, its overall shape.
In part two of "Memphis Blues," Brown employs the call and response patterns of certain spirituals to create voices similar to the folk preacher's exhorting his congregation to salvation and those of the members responding to his call.
www.english.uiuc.edu /maps/poets/a_f/brown/memphis.htm   (2530 words)

 Jazz History - The Blues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Blues, passed down from generation to generation through an "oral" tradition, originally acted as a functional music offering African-Americans a vehicle to convey their daily experiences.
Early forms of the blues include the "field holler," which allowed laborers in the fields to keep in contact with each other, while the "ring shout" was used for dancing.
Another Smith — Bessie — (not related) was proclaimed the "Empress of the Blues" based on the prowess of her first recordings in 1923, which contributed some of the lasting masterpieces of the first blues craze.
www.vervemusicgroup.com /history.aspx?hid=9   (413 words)

 Soul Of America - Memphis: Blues & Early R&B Traditions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Blues originated in hundreds of juke joints in the Mississippi Delta region, which is the primarily area between Memphis and Natchez, Mississippi.
Memphis flourished as the first widely identified "Home of the Blues" and W.C. Handy earned the title of "Father of the Blues".
In the early-1940s, a derivative of the Blues emerged.
www.soulofamerica.com /cityfldr2/memphis2.html   (423 words)

 Principal Leadership: Memphis blues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The reform was begun in 1995 by Watson's predecessor, Gerry House, who had gained acclaim for her work in a struggling district and was named national superintendent of the year in 1999.
NAS invested $500,000 in the Memphis effort and funded a study completed in August that claimed that the Memphis review was flawed in design and analysis.
In the Memphis secondary schools that had generally good experiences with the reform, principals report that one key was including the model as part of larger efforts, instead of relying on a prefabricated plan for all facets of learning.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa4002/is_200201/ai_n9041283   (1421 words)

 MEMPHIS :: Memphis Music
Like many cities, Memphis businesses moved to the suburbs, and there was talk that Beale's old buildings with their cast-iron decorations, wide awnings, and antique signs would fall to the bulldozer.
Inducted in both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a brass note in his honor is on Beale street.
William Christopher Handy, Father of the Blues, was born in Florence, Alabama, on November 15, 1873, the grandson of Methodist ministers.
www.memphistravel.com /etc_music.asp   (3176 words)

 Memphis Minnie's Blues
Minnie and Memphis Slim played together at Gatewood's, especially when Big Bill was out of town, and she often played across the street from the White Elephant.
With all her greatness and her songs and her Blue Monday parties that she gave, she was...a singer to be remembered." Said J. Lenoir, "[Minnie] used to give cocktail parties, you know—those Blue Monday parties at the Gate, you know, and I actually found she would ask me to play a number for her.
There is nothing wrong with seeing the blues singer as someone who plays while she works, as long as we understand that she also works while she plays.
www.surrealistmovement-usa.org /pages/memphis.html   (1027 words)

 TBH, Handy-Walker
His greatest contributions to blues music were his compositions Memphis Blues, St. Louis Blues, Yellow Dog Blues, and Beale Street Blues.
He killed a man in 1928 and was sentenced to the infamous Parchman Farm, but was soon released after it was determined that he had acted in self-defense.
White was born in Houston, Mississippi, in 1909 and came under the tutelage of Charley Patton in the late 1920's.
www.thebluehighway.com /tbh2.html   (905 words)

 Memphis Blues - Free Music Downloads - MP3 Downloads - Download.com Music
Often sad, lonely, and mournful, but in other cases fully energized and bursting with electric-guitar-fueled vigor, blues is one of the most powerful, influential, and popular musical styles to have risen during the last few centuries.
The song structure is simple--much of classic blues is based around a three-chord, 12-bar progression that leaves room for boundless improvisation--and it serves as a foundation for much of today's popular music.
Acoustic country blues, often from the Mississippi Delta, blossomed during the 1920s, while during the '40s the electric guitar took the music in wild new directions (including north to Chicago).
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 H-Net Review: Rob Lawson on Goin' Back to Sweet Memphis: Conversations with the Blues
Memphis Ma Rainey's tale illustrated the vitality of fl urbanism as it took shape in the Beale Street neighborhood.
The blues performers' words are their great contribution to this book, but Hay and Davidson's presentation of those words commemorates their important place in Memphis's and America's musical culture.
For example, he sees as genuine a number of blues performers who, as professional recording artists in urban centers, would have been dismissed by an earlier generation of folklorists because they were detached from the rural roots of blues music.
www.h-net.org /reviews/showrev.cgi?path=190241048232534   (1296 words)

 NPR : 'Goin Back to Sweet Memphis'
July 7, 2002 -- Before blues legend B.B. King was big enough even to pick up a guitar like his beloved "Lucille," other Memphis blues men -- and women -- were paving the way for his success, and pioneering the Beale Street sound.
In the 1970s, Hay, then a student working on a college project, tracked down Memphis blues musicians and had them tell their stories and sing their songs on tape.
Learn more about blues music and the quest to preserve it at the Web site of The Blues Foundation.
www.npr.org /programs/atc/features/2002/july/memphis   (323 words)

 YEAR OF THE BLUES 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Beale Street in Memphis was to blues what 52nd Street in New York was to jazz.
While there is economic and social history that helps explain why Memphis was ground zero for the evolution of Rock and Roll from the Blues, record producer Jim Dickinson offers a less scientific explanation (which did not make the final edit of the show).
We, the editorial team for The Blues radio project, do not subscribe to the teachings of Magick, but the longitude and latitude of Memphis does seem to have a magnetism that attracts not just bison but hound dogs (Elvis via Big Mama Thornton), howlin’ wolves, and even a stage-trained chicken named Butch.
www.yearoftheblues.org /radio/index.asp?id={7F6C5A61-BE69-4B46-AB7A-821C729FFBDC}   (648 words)

 Trail of the Hellhound: Memphis Sites
Most Memphis blues musicians have performed on Beale Street at some point in their career, whether in a theater or busking on the street.
Constructed in 1910 at a cost of $20,000, it was the South's finest gambling parlor with a mirror-walled lobby and trap doors with secret exits in the case of a raid.
The Hall of Fame traces the development of Memphis music and includes exhibits on rock and roll and soul music.
www.cr.nps.gov /delta/blues/sites/memphis_sites.htm   (442 words)

 Mississippi Delta Blues Jam in Memphis
Classic country blues recorded by Chris Strachwitz in Memphis, Tenn. during the week of the Memphis Blues Festival in June, 1969.
Sixties blues revivalism was undoubtedly one source of the attention given these performers but there's nothing watered down about this music, even when a younger guitarist like Mike Stewart sits in on a few songs.
His pieces are the closest to the common idea of Delta blues but he puts them across with force and calm dignity.
www.arhoolie.com /titles/385.shtml   (737 words)

 Memphis Blues
W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues," once wrote: "The seven wonders of the world I have seen, and many are the places I have been.
Now recognized worldwide as the "Home of the Blues," Beale Street has a cultural reputation rivaled by few other places in America.
Although the club attracts blues fanatics from around the world plenty of locals frequent the club to hear their favorite acts.
www.jordanart.com /memphisblues.html   (276 words)

 Wolf Folklore Collection: Memphis Blues
His interest in Memphis blues led him to explore the folkloric elements of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," which he did in the article "Aunt Caroline Dye: The Gypsy in "The St. Louis Blues.'" Wolf also befriended a number of musicians in the 1960s, including the famous bluesmen Gus Cannon, Furry Lewis, and Bukka White.
Walter "Furry" Lewis originally recorded in the late 1920s, when he sang blues and a few folk tunes like "John Henry." His career was revitalized in 1959, and he became a hero to many younger musicians.
He moved to Memphis and was working as a laborer when he was rediscovered in 1964.
www.lyon.edu /wolfcollection/blues.htm   (541 words)

 Today in History: September 28
By the 1960s, the blues sound had significantly influenced the development of jazz and rock and roll, quintessential American musical forms.
Handy transcribed and collected blues songs he heard on the road in the 1890s, but continued to play the ragtime dance tunes audiences demanded.
By 1909, Handy had settled in Memphis, Tennessee, a Delta city with a cosmopolitan population and a limitless appetite for music.
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 William Christopher Handy's "Memphis Blues" Was Published
Along the road, Handy wrote down and collected blues songs he heard in the 1890s.
When he settled in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1909, Handy found a sophisticated population with a limitless appetite for music.
Music was so popular in Memphis that an aspiring mayor, E.H. Crump, hired Handy as the bandleader for his campaign.
www.americaslibrary.gov /cgi-bin/page.cgi/jb/progress/blues_2   (165 words)

 do you remember memphis ?
public success on large scale did not really come until memphis.
09.02.1981 first drawings of furniture for the memphis collection.
the 'memphis' recipe was very easy to follow.
www.designboom.com /eng/funclub/memphis.html   (244 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Music,  Styles,  Blues,  Memphis Blues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Heralded as one of the greatest live blues albums ever recorded, this set catches the singer-guitarist as his star was in ascent: in 1964 playing Chicago's answer to Harlem's Apollo Theatre--the Regal.
Apart from two tracks cut in Memphis with Ike Turner, these Chess Studios recordings are landmarks in the development of electric Chicago blues.
Bobby Bland's uptown, brass-and-strings-drenched blues kept him on the charts long after gut-bucket kings such as Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters had dropped from fl-radio airwaves.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/557280   (1028 words)

 Memphis Mojo - Real News, Reviews and Views on Memphis Entertainment
The 4-day festival, assembled each year by the Memphis Film Forum, got underway Thursday night(March 23) withmusic documentary maker Robert Mugge’s (Last of the Mississippi Jukes, Blues Divas), newest film New Orleans Music in Exile at Malco’s Paradiso Theatre.
Saturday evening of the MIFF 7 has been deemed Reel Soul Memphis Night to celebrate a partnership with REEL SOUL MEMPHIS, an exclusive screening series and social experience that uses film as the cornerstone for expressions of African-American and Latino culture.
Memphis Symphony Orchestra: “Peter and the Wolf.” 2:30 p.m.
www.memphismojo.com   (1402 words)

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