A Memphis Music Road Map: The Golden Age

Part 2: The rise of Sun, Stax and Hi

By  and , Daily Memphian Published: May 17, 2019 12:40 AM CT

This year is Memphis' bicentennial, but while there's been Memphis music as long as there's been a Memphis, you can't listen back 200 years. As a result, our three-part Memphis Music Road Map is a de facto centennial of sound. This second part follows a trail from B.B. King's first recordings to the rise of rock 'n' roll and soul, on to Al Green's rejection of secular soul, the emergence of alternative Memphis and Beale Street's decline.


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Chris Herrington

Chris Herrington

Chris Herrington covers the Memphis Grizzlies and writes about Memphis culture, food, and civic life. He lives in the Vollentine-Evergreen neighborhood of Midtown with his wife, two kids, and two dogs.

Jared Boyd

Jared Boyd

Jared Boyd is an arts and culture columnist at The Daily Memphian and program manager for WYXR 91.7 FM. His friends call him "Jay B.," and you can, too.

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