Memphis Tennessee is one of my all time favorite love songs, and every so often I take my guitar and play and sing it. It has such a nice beat, and playing it in the key of D, I love doing those weird notes that make it so special. I was written by Chuck Berry, and it seems like just about every singer likes to sing this song.
1. Johnny Rivers “live” on American Bandstand TV 1964 (Dick Clark)
The first time I heard Memphis Tennessee was by Johnny Rivers on the radio in Bulawayo.
2. Elvis Presley – Memphis Tennessee – a favorite love song
Many years later I heard the Elvis version. When I visited Graceland in 1983, the bus took us to The Sun Studio and a tour of Memphis.
Back in the 70’s I bought a record of the Ventures where they played each guitar part separately and then put them all together to teach people how to play the song in all the different parts.
4. Buck Owens and his Buckaroos “live” TV show
5. Jerry Lee Lewis – “live “ in Paris, France 1989 (James Burton)
6. Chuck Berry – “live” London BBC TV 1972
7. John Lennon and Chuck Berry “live” on The Mike Douglas TV show
10. Johnny Rivers – “live” 1973
Sir Cliff sings a lot of my favorite love songs.
14. Elvis Presley – “live” recording
We saw Elvis “live” in Reno back in 1976. The women were screaming!
16. The Dodge Brothers – “live”
17. Glen Campbell and John Hartford – “live” – plus banjo jam
18. MGB – “live” – plus Little sister
19. Prisioneros del Rock ’n Roll – “live”
20. The Astronauts – “live” on TV Hollywood A Go-Go 1965
In 1965 I used to visit Tony Law in Bulawayo, and watch the Hollywood a go go show on the TV. Sue Law was his sister. It brings back lots of memories.
21. Dave Clark Five
22. Roy Orbison
I had never heard of Vince Taylor before hearing him singing Memphis Tennessee. Apparently he was a big hit in France.
24. Pat Boone
Pat Boone sings a lot of my favorite love songs, and I enjoyed hearing him sing Memphis Tennessee.
26. Bobby Bare and Waylon Jennings
27. The Beatles
28. Carl Perkins
29. Tom Jones
30. Rod Stewart and The Small Faces
31. Jerry Lee Lewis “live” 1981
33. Terry White Band – “live” (Netherlands I think)
34. George Thorogood – extra verses
35. The Animals
36. The Walkers
37. Tyler Kealey
38. The Barbarians
39. Wilson Pickett
40. Al Green
42. Lonnie Mack
43. Johnny A. – “live” guitar plus more
44. Danyel Gerard “live” – in French (I think)
45. Johnny Hallyday – in French (I think)
47. Eddy Mitchell – in French (I think)
48. Davoli – (not sure what language)
49. Norman Knight – in French (I think)
53. Guitar lesson