Memphis

William Bell & Judy Clay

William Bell was born William Yarbrough in 1939 in Memphis. Judy Clay was born Judith Grace Guions in St. Pauls, North Carolina, just one year earlier. Around thirty years later they teamed up to cut a track at Stax Records in Memphis, “Private Number”, that achieved success in the UK, reaching number […]

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Johnnie Taylor at Stax

Johnnie Taylor was born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas, but grew up in West Memphis, Arkansas. Like most black kids of his generation, he was introduced to singing and performing through the church. In 1953 he joined a gospel group called The Highway Q.C.’s, replacing Lou Rawls, who had joined in 1951 when Sam Cooke […]

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Dusty In Memphis

“You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” was a massive hit for Dusty Springfield in 1966, but it was followed by a fallow year in terms of chart success. So Dusty was looking for a way to regain her popularity in the UK and the USA and came up […]

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Isaac Hayes & David Porter

David Porter was born in 1941 in Memphis. While he was still a student at high school, Porter began to develop an interest in music as a career. He was working at a grocery store opposite Satellite records, so he decided to see whether the recently-formed record label might be […]

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Rufus & Carla Thomas

Rufus Thomas was born in Mississippi in 1917 but his family moved to Memphis around 1920. As a teenager still at school, Rufus was helping out one of his teachers, who was a DJ at a local radio station, as a master of ceremonies for talent shows that were organised at […]

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Dave Prater and Sam Moore

Mr Prater and Mr Moore met in 1961 in Florida. They were both singers who liked gospel and who also used to sing in some of the clubs in and around Miami. One night they decided to team up and thus the duo of Sam and Dave was created. By […]

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