the memphis sound en Muscling In On The Memphis Sound <p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 12:42:20 +0000 Rob Grayson 30864 at Muscling In On The Memphis Sound Four Fabs Honor One Rockin' Cat <p><span lang="EN">Worlds collided in 1965 when the Beatles, on tour in the states, had a meeting with Elvis Presley in LA. But other than memories and conflicting stories about what did and didn&rsquo;t occur&hellip;</span></p><p><span lang="EN">John Lennon: &ldquo;We all plugged in what was ever around and we all played and sang.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span lang="EN">George Harrison: &ldquo;I never jammed with Elvis at all.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span lang="EN">Paul McCartney: &ldquo;No.&rdquo;</span></p> Tue, 08 May 2012 12:22:50 +0000 Rob Grayson 13297 at Four Fabs Honor One Rockin' Cat 20-75 And Other Label Fables <p><span lang="EN">If you&rsquo;re one of those who has to find organization in the midst of chaos, you could divide the history of Hi Records into roughly three parts, defined by three artists. The first would be marked by the instrumental hits, primarily recorded by either the Bill Black Combo or Ace Cannon. The third, and most commercially successful period, was the run of hits by Al Green in the early 70&rsquo;s. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 12:35:30 +0000 Rob Grayson 12132 at 20-75 And Other Label Fables Gus Cannon Rocks The Sixties In His Seventies <p><span lang="EN">Folk music enjoyed a revival of sorts in the mid 20<sup><font size="3">th</font></sup> century.&nbsp;&nbsp;Springing from the Greenwich Village epicenter of the movement in the late 40&lsquo;s, The Weavers were among the first to gain acclaim by making socially conscious statements with their original compositions, and breathing new life into older songs from diverse sources.&nbsp; </span> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:35:30 +0000 Rob Grayson 8573 at Gus Cannon Rocks The Sixties In His Seventies The Sound That Left Stax Speechless <p><span lang="EN">From early on Memphis musicians have had no problem making a statement without the encumbrance of words. As a young &nbsp;man, W.C. Handy found music in the wordless sounds of the tapping of shovels, as his co-workers wove complicated rhythms to pass the time&nbsp;on the shovel&nbsp;brigade&nbsp;at&nbsp;a&nbsp;Florence, Alabama iron furnace. His musical genius allowed him to distil the sounds he discovered while touring the rural south. The essence he extracted enabled Handy to refine the music he described as &ldquo;not really annoying or unpleasant&hellip;&rdquo; but &ldquo;perhaps haunting,&rdquo; into a palatable form which found appeal to new audiences. If not the actual birth of the blues, it was at least the assignment of a birth certificate.</span> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:35:30 +0000 Rob Grayson 7993 at The Sound That Left Stax Speechless