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Old 11-10-2008, 06:38 PM   #1
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Default 50 Music Cities in 50 Days

In this thread, I will delve into the music contributions of various cities across the globe. I will list native sons and daughters of the locales, and provide links, and bio information where applicable.


City #1: Memphis, Tennessee



Contributions:
Stax Soul
Crunk
Proto-Rock
Rock N' Roll
Country

Memphis has a very varied musical history. It first gained renown for Delta Blues. WC Handy, Memphian is credited with taking blues from a little-known regional style, to being one of the most important forces in the history of American music.

Delta Blues Men like Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, and BB King all refined their craft in and around the famous Beale Street.

Memphis was also the petri dish where artists like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash honed their skill under the guidance of Steve Philips at Sun Records.

Stax Records brought the world the musical stylings of Isaac Hayes, Booker T and the MGs, The Staples Singers, Sam and Dave, and a host of others.

Soul men and women have long called Memphis home. Al Green, Otis Redding, and Aretha Franklin are the most famous of their number.

Southern rap pioneers 8-Ball and MJG called Memphis' Orange Mound neighborhood home, and it served as a inspiration for their very influential work.

Crunk was created in the clubs of Memphis. Hynotyze Camp/Three Six Mafia refined a bass heavy, uptempo style that replaced house as the biggest influence in Southern Hip Hop.

Luminaries:
BB King-The Thrill is Gone
Elvis Presley-Hound Dog
Johnny Cash-Walk The Line
Hypnotize Camp/Three Six Mafia-Tear Da Club Up 97'
Isaac Hayes-Theme From Shaft
The BarKays-Holy Ghost
Bobby Blue Bland-Aint No Love in the Heart of The City
Steve Cropper-Green Onions
8-Ball and MJG-Coming Out Hard
Aretha Franklin-I Say A Little Prayer
Al Green-Let's Stay Together
W.C Handy-*Memphis Blues
John Lee Hooker-Boom Boom Boom
Howlin Wolf-Little Red Rooster
Booker T. Jones-Green Onions
Jerry Lee Lewis-Great Balls of Fire
Otis Redding-The Dock of the Bay
Charlie Rich-Most Beautiful Girl
Sam And Dave-Hold On
Ike Turner-Proud Mary
Rufus and Carla Thomas-BABY












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Old 11-10-2008, 07:10 PM   #2
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City #2 Oakland , California



Oakland, California's music history is rivaled by few cities in the world. It's hip hop imprint alone is enough for it to hold it's own with other music capitals. Rappers who are native to or called Oakland home:2pac, E-40, MC Hammer, Del the Funky Homosapien, ICE Cube, The Hieroglyphics Crew, Too $hort, Mac Dre, Richie Rich, Yukmouth, The Coup, and Digital Underground. I am sure I am leaving some artists out, and that in itself is testament to the depth and diversity of the Oakland hip hop scene.

Soul and Funk music has a strong presence in The Bay, Sly Stone an Oakland native, his pioneering funk greatly influence Motown. Songs like The Temptations-Cloud 9 were made as an answer to the popularity of his work. Tony! Toni! Tone! and The Tower of Power were formed in Oakland. Raphael Saadiq(TTT) and Lenny Williams(TOP) have had solo sucess after splitting from thier respective groups. Underrated songstress Goapele calls the city home. Hardship survivor R&B and reality TV star Keyshia Cole came up the hard way in Oaktown.

The core of Green Day is also from The Bay.

Latin percussion has also found a home in Oakland. Father and daughter Pete Escoved and Sheila E. have gone on to great success.

Oakland also has a great deal of classical music history, but I will not pretend to be an expert on that genre. If you are interested wiki is your friend.







Luminaries include:
E-40-Sprinkle Me
Too $hort-**** Tales
2Pac-Changes
Digital Underground-Same Song w/2Pac
Tower of Power-What is Hip
Lenny Williams-Cause I Love You
Del the Funky Homosapien-Catch a Bad One
Green Day-Boulevard of Broken Dreams
MC Hammer-U Can't Touch This
Mac Dre-She Neva Seen
Keak Da Sneak-Super Hyphy
Sly Stone-Everyday People
Tony! Toni! Tone-Pillow
Rapahel Saadiq-Oh Girl
Heiroglyphics-Soweto
Yukmouth-Ice Cream Man
Ice Cube-Today Was a Good Day
The Coup-We Are the Ones
Sheila E-A Love Bizarre
Keyshia Cole-Love

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BB king is from memphis? i thought he was from mississippi
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BB king is from memphis? i thought he was from mississippi
He was born in Mississippi, but Memphis claims him because it was there that he refined his craft and gained his fame. It is T.I, Jeezy, and Gucci Mane claiming Atlanta when they are not natives.
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Cool stuff. Do one a day or something, just so I can keep up. :)
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Dasher, how could you leave out these artist.

Maurice White
Memphis Slim
Justin Timberflake


Cool concept though.
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Cool stuff. Do one a day or something, just so I can keep up. :)
"50 Music Cities in 50 Days" That's the name of the thread.
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Next Stop:Oakland , California

IS you doin' both Oakland and San Fran?
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"50 Music Cities in 50 Days" That's the name of the thread.


I reserve the right to call myself an idiot, at least before you (rightfully) do.
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IS you doin' both Oakland and San Fran?
Oakland will be done separately because of I wanted to go into detail about Oakland's funk, R&B and multiple hip hop movements. I am trying for 50 cities and I am going to need San Fran to make it across the finish line.
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dasher stays on point with his music sh*t
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Oakland will be done separately because of I wanted to go into detail about Oakland's funk, R&B and multiple hip hop movements. I am trying for 50 cities and I am going to need San Fran to make it across the finish line.

Are you implying that you can't just do one city from each state, and that Anchorage, Des Moines, and Billings don't have famous musicians?
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Are you implying that you can't just do one city from each state, and that Anchorage, Des Moines, and Billings don't have famous musicians?
I AM implying that those cities are not important. I am not limiting myself to the US. Havana, Nassau, London, Birmingham, Paris, Port Au Prince, Kingston, and other international locales will receive love. Doing it by state would have made some of the posts laborious. The Cali, Florida, and Texas posts alone would be massive. As far as middle of nowhere cities are concerned Omaha will get some attention.
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Great idea Dasher. Memphis was really a breeding ground for advancing black music. I never realized how many people came out of there.
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City #3 Muscle Shoals, Alabama





Muscle Shoals, Alabama is probably the world's most unassuming and underrated music capital. Muscle Shoals has had a hand in the development of Country, Soul, Rock,Blues, and Gospel music. Two studios are largely responsible for it's contributions to American music. FAME Studio and The Muscle Shoals Sound Studio are those studios. Artists go to Muscle Shoals to tap into it's signature sound, and to escape the limelight.

Duane Allman once pitched a tent and camped out in the parking lot of FAME studios in an effort to be near the recording sessions occurring there. He soon befriended the studio owner Rick Hall and Wilson Pickett. During a lunch break, Allman taught Pickett "Hey Jude". Duane and Wilson's version of the song was eventually recorded with Allman on lead guitar. Upon hearing the session, Pickett's label Atlantic Records. asked who had played the guitar solos on the record. Hall responded with a hand-written note that read "some hippie cat who's been living in our parking lot." Shortly afterwards, Allman was offered a recording contract. The audition for The Allman Brothers Band were held at The FAME Studios.

Recording his Christian records in Muscle Shoals was thought to give Bob Dylan's records credibility. During the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, the area was a hotbed of creative talent as both white and black artists worked side-by-side. While this "desegregation" of artists is usually praised for its innovation, it was nothing new for most artists in North Alabama. In fact, the common practice of white and black musicians working together in Muscle Shoals can be traced as far back as the 1930s, regardless of racial tensions elsewhere in the American South.

The Swampers who were the session rhythm musicians at FAME Studios. Lynyrd Skynyrd gave them a shoutout in their classic song "Sweet Home Alabama". "Muscle Schoals has got The Swampers, and they've been known to pick a song or two."

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Artists Who Have Recorded in Muscle Shoals:
Aretha Franklin
Bob Dylan
The Rolling Stones
Paul Simon-Still Crazy After All These Years
Rod Stewart
Eric Clapton
The Allman Brothers Band
Wilson Pickett
The Staples Singers-I'll Take You There
Bill Haley and His Comets
Bobby Womack
Millie Jackson
Traffic
Lulu
Boz Scaggs
Willie Nelson
Bobby Blue Bland
Z.Z. Hill
Shirley Brown
Sawyer Brown
Bob Seger
Glenn Frey
The Oak Ridge Boys
Delbert McClinton
Little Milton
Alice in Chains
Melissa Etheridge
Paul Anka
Etta James
The Osmonds
Shenandoah
Otis Redding
Clarence Carter
Candi Staton
Mac Davis
The Osmonds














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