Friday, December 12, 2008

Thought Amnesty-rep yo city

Some of you may know I am from Memphis and that I am proud of that. Ass well you may know love music as well as read and write music. It has always been in my Family from Pops (kicking Maurice White – EWF out his band in HS), to my great Aunt, Evelyn ‘Whip” Young leaving home and 16 and causing a ruckus in our family to travel and play Alto Sax with BB. King and cutting cross Isaac Hayes yard each day from elementary school seeing he lived up the street from me. So my question the day. Give me the best musicians in your city – here is Memphis and in no particular order.

Issac Hayes

The Bar Kay’s

Ike Turner

B.B. King

Elvis Presley

Al Green

Maurice White (EWF)

Tina Turner

Bobby Blue Bland

Hank Crawford

John Lee Hooker (in Pic)

Howlin’ Wolk

Booker T & the MGs

Kirk Whalum

Jerry Lee Lewis

Justin Timberlake

Anita ward (Ring my Bell)

Phineas Newborn, Jr.

Top that: And remember no rappers allowed or else i would have included 3-6, Mafia or Eightball & MJG, but this is a start. Happy nappy weekend


R. Fitzgerald said...
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R. Fitzgerald said...

See, you making me work. Although I wasn't born and raised in St. Louis, the list is as long as Memphis.

The short list:
Miles Davis
Tina Turner
David Sanborn
Clark Terry
Angela Winbush
Josephine Baker
Fontella Bass
Chuck Berry
Billy Davis Jr. (Marilyn McCoo)


The full list of notables:

My hometown of Jacksonville, FL is more noted for Rock and Roll:

The Allman Brothers
Lynard Skynard
Molly Hatchet
.38 Special
Limp Bizkit

But we also have groups like

95 South (Whoomp There it is!)
69 Boyz
Quad City DJ's

Oh, and one other notable.

Pat Boone (now that's old school teen idol pimpin' right there - LOL)

Anonymous said...

I would love to rep my city of Raleigh, NC...but as you know not many cities, even major one's can compete with Memphis. So I'll just compete with my State:

Shirley Caeser

George Clinton

Jermaine Dupri

Roberta Flack

Blind Boy Fuller

Anthony Hamilton

Ben E. King

K-Ci & JoJo

Thelonius Monk

Nina Simone

Anonymous said...

This is a cool post, to see just where some of these cats that made some of the best music out there...are from.

That's funny R. Fitz how some cats are synonymous with other cats like Billy Davis Jr., you would think their fortunes were joined at the hip.

When i think Marilyn McCoo, I think of Solid Gold...

Sista GP said...

I cheated. Source
for my hometown Macon GA

The kazoo was invented in the city during the 1840s.

The birthplace or hometown to such musicians as
The Allman Brothers Band
Randy Crawford
Mark Heard
Lucille Hegamin
Lena Horne
Otis Redding
Little Richard
Mike Mills and Bill Berry of R.E.M.

violinist Robert McDuffie
rapper Young Jeezy
country artist Jason Aldean

Rapper Jody Breeze (1/4 of the hip-hop group Boyz N Da Hood, currently signed to P. Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment) was discovered in Macon at a car show.

Capricorn Records, run by Macon natives Phil Walden and briefly Alan Walden, made the city a hub for Southern rock music in the late 1960s and 1970's.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

R. Fitzgerald
u came correct me love David Sanborn, Miles Davis and chck and u know me love some The Allman Brothers
Lynard Skynard and 38 Special (fantasy girl)

u came correct too folk: T Monk, Roberta Flack (reverend Lee-classic)@ GEORGE CLINTON

Sista GP - Otis redding and Lil Ricard =- top shelf

BLKSeaGoat said...

I was born in Los Angeles, reared in NYC, lived in Jersey, Las Vegas, Atlanta, GA (Where I spent most of my adult life), and now I live in Washington, DC.

My lists would be too long, but I would like to include a couple of folkses:

Jessye Norman (Augusta, GA)
Queen Latifah aka Dana Owens (Irvington, NJ), Raheim DeVaughn (DC), Jill Rock Jones (Atl), Kameelah Williams (from the group 702) Las Vegas, NV.

Oh and Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi (Jersey)

International Foxx said...

contrare monfrare! i beg to differ that Memphis has NO competition. I rep the great city of New Orleans! The biggest small city and the largest big one!

Louis Armstrong
Baby Boy Da Prince
Better Than Ezra
Birdman AKA Baby
Collie Buddz
Harry Connick, Jr.
Ernie K. Doe
Mahalia Jackson
Master P
Lil Wayne
Branford Marsalis
Ellis Marsalis Jr.
Ellis Marsalis Sr
Wynton Marsalis
The Neville Brothers
Dawn Richards, Danity Kane
Kermit Ruffins

R. Fitzgerald said...

Sista GP made me do some more research since the Allman Brothers was on both our list.

The Allman Brothers Band is a Southern rock band based in Macon, Georgia. The band was formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman (slide guitar and lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, organ). While the band has been called the "principal architects of Southern rock"[1], they also incorporate elements of blues-rock and hard rock, and their live shows have jam band-style improvisation and instrumental songs.

mrs. mary mack said...

Currently Living in Dallas for the last few years so if they need to BORN in Dallas:

Erykah Badu

Short list huh??! That's if we say BORN in Dallas (I refuse to mention any of the Simpson- Ashlee and Jessica)

People making it big in Dallas:
T-Bone Walker
Blind Lemon Jefferson

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Tha BossMack TopSoil said...

I'll be dropping some Anita Ward & Bar-Kays in my next mix on Oblation Radio.

Sista GP said...

@ R.Fitzgerald
Hey Rich, can we just share them? LOL

LB said...

"International Foxx" stole my shine, lol, although he broke the rules and listed rappers. That's alright the list spoke for itself. I am currently in Richmond, but born and raised in New Orleans, baby.

Princess Katrina said...

hahaha I wish I knew great musicians from Miami, Florida. Who would I put on this list with these AMAZING GREATS! Trick Daddy? hahahaha


When I lived in New York, I went to Louis Armstrong Middle School and it was actually a few blocks away form his house! He was born in New Orleans but then moved to NY.

But no competition to Memphis!

BuelahMan said...

WTF, Man.

The King was not a Tenn boy and didn't move to Memphis until about 13.

He's from my digs.

My dad's family and Elvis' family lived in the same duplex at age 4 (they were the same age).

My dad always called him a pussy when they were kids. He and Elvis laughed about that together later on.

Elvis would send him and my mom backstage tickets to Vegas shows and they would hang out some. They had visited Graceland (but with Elvis there).

Elvis gave my dad's best friend (who happened to be Elvis' best friend early on, a somewhat infamous attorney from Tupeolo) a 50 something Thunderbird that last time I knew, was still in the family.

I heard a rumor that a Million was offered and turned down.

Darryl Worley is from here, but I couldn't name a song he has done.

BuelahMan said...

No matter where the Allman Brothers are from... They Rock!

One of my all time favorite Southern R&R groups.

A very close second to AB is LynYrd SkynYrd (not "Lynard Skynard", as R. Fiztgerald noted).

Just a point of order.

Anonymous said...

I know I can't compete coming from Orlando, so I'll enjoy the comments and keep my mouth shut...hehe!

RiPPa said...

Too much to name from NYC. And thats not even counting the rappers...LOL!!

Next time you come home lemme know man so we can get together and build.

Bobby said...

Indeed a legendary selection of true musicians who seem even better every year. I'm a life long musician and jazz guitarist, and I cannot remember not playing.

My favorite musicians are from an earlier time - and if I could go bck in time I know where. My faves are:

Charlie Parker
Dizzie Gillespie
John Coltrane
Niccolo Paganinni

and my favorite musician overall is Art Tatum - a guy who on a bad day could improvise any song in any key soaring beyond Bach, Beethoven and Stravinsky rolled in one - only with rhythm while drunk paying more attention to the women and his last steak - easily.

O' Tim said...

Yes, Memphis has no competition. That is when it comes to barbeque! While its candle does not flicker, I don't believe it shines as bright as my hometown, from whence the following greats where born or primarily raised (where could it be?):

Mike Bloomfield
Paul Butterfield
Sam Cooke
Billy Corgan
Benny Goodman
Herbie Hancock
Gene Krupa
Coleman Hawkins
Jennifer Hudson
Rickie Lee Jones
Quincy Jones
Curtis Mayfield
Berry Oakley (loves me some Bros.)
Liz Phair
Lou Rawls
Mavis Staples
Mel Torme
Dinah Washington
Muddy Waters
Warren Zevon

brran1 said...

Well, not too many people are from Baltimore, so I'll just talk about the whole DMV (D.C., Maryland & Virginia)

Dru Hill
David Hasselhoff
Raheem DeVaughn (Although he's originally from Jersey, he did grow up in and around DC, plus he went to Coppin here in Baltimore)
Missy Elliott
Toni Braxton
Christina Milian
Chris Brown
J. Holiday
Trey Songz
Billie Holiday
Marvin Gaye
Chick Webb
Eubie Blake
Cab Calloway
Tori Amos
Pharell Williams
Johnny Gill
Stacey Lattisaw

RunningMom said...

Dee-troit! I know there's tons more, but here's a start..

Aretha Franklin
CeCe Winans
BeBe Winans
Della Reese
Gladys Night
Oliver Green
Sonny Bono
Stevie Wonder
Diana Ross
Smokey Robinson
Jackie Wilson
Del Shannon
Bob Seger
Ted Nugent
Alice Cooper
Grand Funk Railroad

Kellybelle said...

Phinneas Newborn--if I have a son that is what he shall be named.

I'm from Buffalo, NY. Home of: Rick James
Grover Washington Jr
The Goo Goo Dolls
Ani DiFranco
Robert Moog (as in Moog synthesizer)
Spyro Gyra
Brian McKnight

fly tie said...

can't think of any from my hometime. there are several from here where i live now, though. none really do anything for me (cupid included), but the locals love 'em.

anyway, i do like eightball and mjg.

msladydeborah said...

From my hometown of Columbus in the O-State:

Jerome Dillion (formerly of Nine Inch Nails)

Gary LeVox-Rascal Flatts

Jay Demarcus-Rascal Flatts

Ekoostik Hookah

Fatty Coo

Michael Finstein

Howard Jones

Rashaan Roland Kirk

Nancy Wilson

Dwight Yokam

Buzzy Bone and Bow Wow are from here also.

Sauce said...

I used to work with Anita Ward. She was a child care teacher @ one of the buildings I maintained. She got fired for sticking a sock in a child's mouth! Whodathunkit?

Gorgeous Geek said...

I like Memphis!
I would love go back but that was like a 10 hour drive =/
Let's see I am frm Charlotte, NC!


Anthony Hamilton
Sunshine Anderson
K Ci and jo Jo

that is all i know


Glen Antoine Palmer said...

Detroit, Michigan. That includes almost all the classic Motown greats.
Oh and Eminem.

KELSO'S NUTS said...
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KELSO'S NUTS said...



NEW YORK (Abbreviated)

Harry Belafonte
Bobby Darin
Pat Benatar
Maria Callas
Dion DiMucci (& The Belmonts)
The Velvet Underground
The New York Dolls
Neil Diamond
Paul Simon
Duke Ellington
Ornette Coleman
Tito Puente
The Ramones
Barbra Streisand
Bette Midler
Thelonious Monk
Sonic Youth
Yo La Tengo
Patty Smyth
Sonny Rollins
August Darnell (Kid Creole & The Coconuts)
Fats Waller
Laura Nyro
John Zorn
Billy Joel
Alicia Keys
Cindy Lauper
Frankie Lyman
Artie Shaw
Beverly Sills
Carly Simon
Luther Vandross
Lenny Kaye
Alan Vega
Patti Smith
Nervus Rex (Lauren Agnelli)
Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
Jim Carroll


Japanese (Reggaetonero--rap?)
Nigga (Balladeer, not rapper)
Ruben Blades
Evelyn Caballero
Murder The Frail
Los 33
Los Rabanes
Murder Cat
La Pelota Y Que
Danger Man (Reggaetonero--rap?)
La Ruleta

Linda said...

My city? *lol* Ok..... no-one I can think of....

My country....?? No-one of interest..

I'm all for Gary Indiana, which is the home of the Jacksons! *lol* (Yeah, call me crazy.. I'm still the biggest Michael Jackson fan on earth!)

greetings from holland!

Blog Queen said...

Well if you mean folks from my hometown... I can't name not one. However, if we're repping the State, Mississippi has plenty.

Namely some on your list
Tina Turner
Ike Turner
BB King
Elvis Presley
*David Banner (rapper)
Sam Cooke
The Staple Singers

hottnikz said...

I thought you said no rappers? We have a shitload of talent born in Philly. Here are a few from the top of the dome.

John Coltrane
Pieces of a Dream
Marian Anderson
Billie Holiday (born in Philly, moved to B-more)
Paul Robeson
Pearl Bailey
Pattie LaBelle
Tammi Terrell
Cindy Birdsong (Supremes)
Frankie Beverly
Billy Paul
Teddy Pendergrass
Tye Tribbett
Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes
McFadden & Whitehead
Jill Scott
Solomon Burke
Music Soulchild
Boys II Men
Chubby Checker
The Roots Crew (band)
Blue Magic
James Mtume
The Delphonics
The Stylistics
The Intruders
Jean Carne
Grover Washington JR
Rachelle Ferrell
Vivian Green
Jazmine Sullivan
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

some white folk too-
Hall & Oates
Toni Basil (Hey Mickey)
Frankie Avalon

So many more...

DNLee said...

Good looking out with Phineas Newborn, but don't forget about his younger brother - Silas.

later, hometown.

KELSO'S NUTS said...


Philly is the definitive soul town. Surprisingly weak for white music despite being such a big city. I could only think of three White acts you missed on your list and even with research could not add on:

Alice Cooper
The Dead Milkmen
The Johnstons (Irish folkloric)


And I'll be very true to the rules with regard to La CdP's musicians. Let's toss out the entire Reggaeton category as being effectively "rap". I'll replace Japanese and Danger Man with FACTOR VIII and SODA STEREO. Please note that the only Latin folkloric act on my list was Ruben Blades. The rest rock or pop.

Dope Fiend said...

Leona Lewis
Amy Winehouse
Lily Allen
David Bowie
Phil Colins
Rod Stewart
Dust Springfield
The Sex Pistols
The Clash
Bloc Party
The Who
The Rolling Stones
Iron Maiden
The Clash
SPICE GIRLS! oh yerrrrrrr! lol

Randal Graves said...

BORN in the town, or associated? Hell, I'm going to cheat and go NE regional, too:

Tracy Chapman
Eric Carmen/Raspberries
The O'Jays (Canton)
Chrissie Hynde (Akron)
Michael Stanley
Frankie Yankovic
Steven Adler
Gilby Clarke
The Black Keys (Akron)
Gerald Levert
Devo (Akron)
And I'm sure I'm missing a ton.
Hey, James Gang was formed here!

Taurus Lady said...

Alright, let me get my list and rep Montreal to the fullest. I won't even try to compete with Memphis!

Oscar Peterson
Oliver Jones
Charlie Biddle
Leonard Cohen
Celine Dion
DJ A-Trak
Corey Hart
Andy Kim
Sam Roberts
Rufus Wainwright
Simple Plan
Arcade Fire

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