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The Memphis Rock’n’Soul Museum

Harmonica Heaven

This was one museum we just had to visit. History preserved in an historic location. We must have lingered here for well over two hours, as a well thought out audio tour took us from the days of cotton-picking and sharecropping, through the bluesmens’ migration to Memphis, the legendary 29 recorded songs of Robert Johnson, the curiosity of a youg Elvis on Beale street, Civil rights, the rise of Stax and legends such as Al Green, Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes, to moderrn day exponents such as ZZ top.

Music of the Delta (Top Left:Robert Johnson)

I even discovered , in my ignorance,the derivation of the strangely named “King Biscuit Flour hour” (I’d never seen it written down and always assumed it was “flower” thinking it was just a random daft name for a radio show) -in fact, it was the name of the sponsor of the show, a company that had produced flour for many years. I just happened to see a couple of bags in the exhibit!!!

The things you learn in Museums........

It was an amazing journey, peppered with the sights and sounds of all the eras, and memorabilia that left one open-mouthed, from the 1934 selectable jukebox, to WC Handy’s autograph, and Elvis’s sole guitar throughout his Army service.  A great day out!

The legendary WC Handy's signature

 

The very first selectable jukebox. Things would never be the same again...

 Check out my account of The International Blues Challenge over on moore:music HERE!

Kev Moore

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January 22, 2010 - Posted by | culture, Entertainment, life, Music, photography, Sound recording, travel, writing | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Oh! I remember listening to the King Biscuit Flour Hour, so long ago. I made the same assumption you did! Fascinating 🙂

    Comment by shelleymhouse | January 24, 2010


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