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.

The Secret Daughter of Country Singer Hank Williams

Country singer Jett Williams.

Jett Williams, daughter of Hank Williams (Photo: http://www.jettwilliams.com)

Hank Williams

When Hank Williams died lonely on the backseat of his Cadillac on January 1 in 1953, he not only left behind his son Hank Williams Jr..  He also left behind his unborn daughter Jett Williams, who saw the light of day five days after Hank Williams’ light ceased shining.

For 21 years Jett Williams had no idea that she was Hank Williams daughter. She grew up as an adopted child and it took her years to prove that she is Williams’ daughter. The thorough multimedia presentation Orphan Child Finds Her Place (The Tennessean) tells her moving story in detail.

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Biographical Map of Country Singer Hank Williams

Hank Williams

The Short Life of Hank Williams shows some key moments of Hank Williams’ life on an interactive map. Click on markers. For larger view click here.

If you’re interested in Hank Williams then check out A Hank Williams Journal.

Great Rockabilly-Country-Rock ‘n’ Roll Online Discography: Rockin’ Country Styleen

The rockabilly discography Rockin’ Country Style (RCS) is a hard labor of love. In 1979 Terry Gordon started working on it and it has been growing ever since.

Terry Gordon’s rockabilly discography concentrates on the years 1951 – 1964 and includes music that blends country,  rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll. The meticulous discography include dates, label and numbers, label shots and sometimes music samples. It also links the original songs to compilations.

The database is very user friendly because you can access it through artists, labels,  song titles, and chronological or geographical listing.

So, if you love rockabilly, check this site out. But be careful, it can be addictive.

Bob Wills Audio Interview

Bob Wills

Bob Wills

On the Bob Wills Webpage you can buy a previously unreleased interview with Western Swing legend Bob Wills, recorded in Fresno, California, circa 1949. According to http://www.bobwills.com the 36 minute file (available as download or on CD) is the earliest known conversational recording of Bob Wills.

Listen to a sample: Outtake Bob Wills Interview