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Blues, Soul and good ol’ Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Published May 23, 2018
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Some of the most influential musicians the world has ever known created their most memorable music in Memphis, Tennessee. From Beale Street and Graceland to Sun Studio and Soulsville, USA, Memphis’ legacy of blues, soul, jazz, and rock and roll is second to none. Here are 11 remarkable talents — and a few outright geniuses — who were, figuratively and literally, made in Memphis.
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Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) forged his unique early sound at Sun Studio, where he recorded two dozen songs. In fact, he paid the studio four bucks to record his first two, “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin,” when he was just 18. (His family moved to Memphis when he was 13.) The King’s 24 studio albums, six live albums, 20 soundtrack albums and scores of posthumous compilations have sol..
Photo: Courtesy Mike Greensill Mike Greensill plays piano this weekend for “Laughter From the Hip.”
When he’s not playing piano, Mike Greensill tells stories — and he is almost as good a storyteller as he is a pianist. You can judge for yourself when Greensill teams up with the superb bassist John Wiitala for “Laughter From the Hip,” Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12 and 13.
Greensill is well known for his work with many artists, including, of course, his wife, retired Wesla Whitfield. His resume is filled with famous and not-so-famous musicians and composers, and he’ll share stories about many of them, and sing songs by Dave Frishberg, Fats Waller, Mose Allison, Tom Lehrer and Bob Dorough.
— David Wiegand
“Laughter From the Hip”: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 12-13. $35-$50. Society Cabaret, Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F. (415) 857-1896. https://societycabaret.com
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