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Oh, Mama! A Tale Of Two Cities' Memphis Blues

by Nick Morrison
Jun 15, 2011 (Jazz24)

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Memphis, Tenn., and West Memphis, Ark., don't receive enough props when it comes to the blues. After all, Mississippi is the first place that comes to mind when talk turns to early, acoustic country blues, while Chicago is known as the city where The Blues Went Electric.

So what about Memphis? Well, before nailing down the title "birthplace of rock 'n' roll," Memphis and West Memphis made many great contributions to early acoustic and electric blues. Here are a mere five of them.

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