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A strain of country blues all its own, Memphis Blues gives the rise of two distinct forms: the jug band (playing and singing a humorous, jazz-style of blues played on homemade instruments) and the beginnings of assigning parts to guitarists for solo (lead) and rhythm, a tradition that is now part and parcel of all modern day blues -- and rock & roll -- bands. The earliest version of the genre was heavily tied to the local medicine show and vaudeville traditions, lasting well into the late '30s. The later, post-World War II version of this genre featured explosive, distorted electric guitar work, thunderous drumming, and fierce, declamatory vocals.

Memphis Blues Artists Highlights

Little Milton
Little Milton
B.B. King
B.B. King
Howlin' Wolf
Howlin' Wolf

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Memphis Blues Album Highlights

Live at the Regal
B.B. King
Live at the Regal
Whiskey Is My Habit, Women Is All I Crave: The Best of Leroy Carr
Leroy Carr
Whiskey Is My Habit, Women ...
Original Greatest Hits
B.B. King
Original Greatest Hits
Singin' the Blues/The Blues
B.B. King
Singin' the Blues/The Blues
The Anthology
B.B. King
The Anthology
Cadillac Daddy: Memphis Recordings, 1952
Howlin' Wolf
Cadillac Daddy: Memphis ...

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Memphis Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Every Day I Have the Blues B.B. King
Prison Bound Blues Leroy Carr
How Blue Can You Get? B.B. King
Crying Won't Help You B.B. King
Help the Poor B.B. King
I Got a Woman (Sweet Woman)
Howlin' Wolf
Medley: 3 O'Clock Blues/Darlin' You Know I Love You
B.B. King
I Got Some Help I Don't Need B.B. King
(I've) Got a Right to Love My Baby B.B. King
You Upset Me Baby B.B. King

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