Memphis – City Of Music: Interactive Map – History Of Soul, Blues, Gospel And Rock ‘n’ Rol

Learn about the music history of Memphis. Or plan your next trip to Memphis, Tennessee with this map.

Memphis’ contribution to the history of popular music is amazing. Soul, gospel, funk, blues or rock ‘n’ roll wouldn’t be the same without the musical creativity of this city.

The map shows the places where music history was made. See where the music was played and recorded. Find the homes of Aretha Franklin, Maurice White or W.C. Handy. Learn about forgotten swing legend Jimmy Lunceford.

Al Green, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. Kind, O.V. Wright, Albert King, Memphis Minnie and many more contributed to the great music of Memphis.

Keyboard And Electric Bass Player Larry Knechtel Dies

According to the Yakima Herald keyboarder/electric bass player Larry Knechtel dies at age 69.

Larry Knechtel was a busy musician, working live and in the studios. He recently collaborated with The Dixie Chicks. Besides that he played with musicians and bands such as Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, The Doors, The Byrds, Neil Diamond, The Beach Boys, Steppenwolf, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson and Elvis Presley.

Larry Knechtel received a Grammy award for arranging Simon and Garfunkel’s super hit Bridge Over Troubled Water, on which he also played keyboard. He was also a member of Bread.

As studio musician Larry Knechtel was an important part of the Los Angeles music studio scene of the nineteen-sixties.

Eyeglasses Of Rock And Roll

The history of eyeglasses and rock and roll has to be written yet. Consider this random photo collection as a modest starting point. Scroll down and indulge yourself in rocking eyeglasses!

Buddy Holly, The-Father-Of-Rock-and-Roll-Horn-Rimmed-Eyeglasses (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Roy Orbison comes very close to Buddy Holly with his eyeglasses  (Photo by John Waterman/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Rockabilly Legend Jody Reynolds Proudly Shows His Horn-Rimmed-EyeglassesWatch out Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, Rockabilly legend Jody Reynolds wears some nice horn-rimmed-eyeglasses, too!

Little Richard, King Of Sunglasses And Rock ‘n’ Roll (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

elvis-presley-priscilla-eyeglassesThe other King Of Rock And Roll: Elvis Presley with his wife Priscilla, showing off his fancy eyeglasses (Photo found at Silver Lining Opticians)

Janis In FursJanis Joplin (1969) knows: these glasses keep your eyes warm in winter (Photo by Stroud/Express/Getty Images)

Rock star John Lennon (L) & his second wife Yoko Ono (R), New York 1980Rock star John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono in 1980: Sometimes stars and sunglasses come in pairs (photo: David Mcgough, LIFE)

Heino CoverHe ain’t no rock ‘n’ roller but he sure got fine glasses

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Natürlich: Elvis lebt – und Michael Jackson auch

Elvis und Michael Jackson haben zwei Dinge gemeinsam.

Erstens: ihr früher körperlicher und psychischer Zerfall überschattet ihre grossen musikalischen Leistungen.

Zweitens: um beide ranken sich die phantastischsten Verschwörungstheorien.

Tages-Anzeiger-Online hat einige Verschwörungstheorien, Gerüchte und Falschmeldungen um Michael Jackson aufgelistet.

Und Stern.de berichtete 2007 über die wildesten Elvis Verschwörungstheorien.

Elvis Presley Sings Gospel

Cover Elvis Presley “Amazing Grace”

You don’t have to be a believer to love the gospel recordings of Elvis Presley. If you’re looking for the ideal CD for Christmas you may want to consider his gospel collection «Amazing Grace – His Greatest Sacred Performances». It’s a pleasure to hear Elvis sing together with great vocal groups like The Jordanaires, The Imperials Quartet, The Sweet Inspirations and wonderful singers like Millie Kirkham and J.D. Sumner.

Most tunes are tastefully arranged and performed, the songs from the fifties are mostly acoustically accompanied and don’t have drums. The songs from the sixties and seventies are more stirring. Especially the songs recorded in the seventies make you wanna jump up and dance. For the seventies recordings Elvis was backed by fine musicians who knew how to groove. Among others there were James Burton and Chip Young on guitar, on electric bass Norbert Putnam, and on drums Ron Tutt.

«Amazing Grace – His Greatest Sacred Performances» is a 2-disc set and presents 55 songs from 1957 to 1974. It already came out in 1994, but because it’s a real classic it’s worth to take a look at it again. The CDs comes with a detailed booklet which gives you a lot of background information.