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July 22, 2010

These blurbs about Memphis and Oakland’s contributions were originally posted by yours truly on the Inside Hoops Message Board. I would like to resurrect them.

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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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

3 Essential Albums:

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. revlee permalink
    July 22, 2010 12:01 pm

    Who is Steve Philips at Sun Records?

    • July 22, 2010 5:07 pm

      Good eye. Typo. Sam Philips is the name. My Mets fandom often bleeds into other things.

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