Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from Memphis

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List of Memphis bands, listed by their level of fame. This Memphis musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Memphis bands are included, as well as many Memphis musicians of underground status. This list of Memphis musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Memphis bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

List is made up of a variety of bands, including Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Memphis?" or "What is a list of Memphis bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (78 items)

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana John R. "Johnny" Cash was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as ...more

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Justin Timberlake Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. ...more

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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge Skillet is a Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States. The band currently consists of husband and wife John and Korey Cooper, along with Jen Ledger ...more

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Booker T. & the M.G.'s is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Booker T. & the M.G.'s Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues Booker T. & the M.G.'s is an instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul. Original members of the group were Booker T. Jones, ...more

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Gangsta Boo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Gangsta Boo Hip hop music, Southern hip hop Gangsta Boo, also known as Lady Boo is an American rapper. She was the first and only female member of the Memphis, Tennessee-based rap group Three 6 Mafia. She left the group following the ...more

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Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Isaac Hayes Disco, Jazz-funk, Rhythm and blues Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an ...more

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Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Three 6 Mafia Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore Three 6 Mafia is a hip hop group originally from Memphis, Tennessee, signed to Sony Music Entertainment under the Columbia Records imprint. Formed in 1991 as Backyard Posse then later Triple 6 ...more

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Big Star is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Big Star Rock music, Power pop, Alternative rock Big Star was an American power pop band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens, and Andy Hummel. Despite exceptional reviews from critics and widely ...more

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Saliva is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Saliva Nu metal, Rock music, Rapcore Saliva is an American alternative metal band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in September 1996. Saliva released their self-titled debut album on August 26, 1997, under Rocking Chair Records. They ...more

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Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Don Williams Pop music, Country rock, Country Don Williams is an American country singer, songwriter and a 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He grew up in Portland, Texas, and graduated in 1958 from Gregory-Portland High ...more

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Eightball & MJG is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Eightball & MJG Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore 8Ball & MJG is an American hip hop duo from Memphis, Tennessee. The two rappers met at Ridgeway Middle School in 1984.

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Alex Chilton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Alex Chilton Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music William Alexander "Alex" Chilton was an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer, best known as the lead singer of The Box Tops and Big Star. Chilton's early commercial ...more

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Memphis Slim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Memphis Slim Blues Memphis Slim was an American blues pianist, singer, and composer. He led a series of bands that, reflecting the popular appeal of jump blues, included saxophones, bass, drums, and piano. A song ...more

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Lucero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Lucero Heartland rock, Rock music, Alternative country Lucero is an American country-punk rock band based in Memphis, Tennessee. Lucero's sound has been described as a "synthesis of soul, rock, and country [that] is distinctly Memphisian." ...more

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Project Pat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Project Pat Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap Patrick Houston, better known as Project Pat is an American rapper originating from Memphis, Tennessee. He is the older brother of Juicy J, the co-founder of Three 6 Mafia.

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Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Junior Wells Chicago blues, Blues Junior Wells, born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr., was an American Chicago blues vocalist, harmonica player, and recording artist. Wells, who was best known for his performances and recordings with ...more

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Kirk Whalum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Kirk Whalum Christian music, Pop music, Smooth jazz Kirk Whalum is an American smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter. He toured with Whitney Houston for more than seven years and soloed in her single "I Will Always Love You", the ...more

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The Bar-Kays is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
The Bar-Kays Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music The Bar-Kays are an American soul, R&B, and funk group formed in 1966. The group had dozens of charting singles from the 1960s to the 1980s, including "Soul Finger" in 1967, ...more

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W. C. Handy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
W. C. Handy Jazz, Blues William Christopher Handy was an American blues composer and musician. He was widely known as the "Father of the Blues". Handy remains among the most influential of American ...more

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Koko Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Koko Taylor Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues Koko Taylor, sometimes spelled KoKo Taylor, was an American Chicago blues singer, those style also encompassed many genres including electric blues, rhythm and blues and blues and soul blues ...more

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Crunchy Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Crunchy Black Hip hop music, Southern hip hop, Crunk Darnell Carlton, better known by his stage name Crunchy Black, is an American rapper. He was a longtime member of the Oscar-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia from the group’s founding until 2006. ...more

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Anita Ward is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Anita Ward Disco, Rhythm and blues Anita Ward is an American singer and musician. She is best known for her 1979 million selling chart-topper, "Ring My Bell".

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Clay Crosse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Clay Crosse Christian music, Contemporary Christian music Clay Crosse is a contemporary Christian music artist. He has won four GMA Dove Awards, and is probably best known for the single "I Surrender All."

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Lil Hardin Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Lil Hardin Armstrong Jazz Lil Hardin Armstrong was a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and bandleader, and the second wife of Louis Armstrong with whom she collaborated on many recordings in the 1920s. Hardin's ...more

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Juicy J is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Juicy J Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Electro hop Jordan Michael Houston, better known by his stage name Juicy J, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a founding member of the Southern hip hop ...more

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Hank Crawford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Hank Crawford Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues Bennie Ross "Hank" Crawford, Jr. was an American R&B, hard bop, jazz-funk, soul jazz alto saxophonist, arranger and songwriter. Crawford was musical director for Ray Charles before ...more

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Derek Webb is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Derek Webb Christian music, Contemporary Christian music Derek Walsh Webb is an American singer-songwriter who first entered the music industry as a member of the band Caedmon's Call, and later embarked on a successful solo career. As a member of the ...more

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Lil Wyte is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Lil Wyte Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap Patrick Lanshaw, better known by his stage name Lil Wyte, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a member of the rap collective Hypnotize Minds and owner of the independent label ...more

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Todd Agnew is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Todd Agnew Christian music, Pop music, Rock music Todd Wilson Agnew is a contemporary Christian musician and songwriter.

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Egypt Central is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Egypt Central Modern rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock Egypt Central was an American alternative metal band from Memphis, Tennessee.

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George Coleman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
George Coleman Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz George Edward Coleman is an American hard bop saxophonist, bandleader, and composer, known chiefly for his work with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock in the 1960s. He was named a National ...more

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The Scruffs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
The Scruffs Pop music, Rock music, Power pop The Scruffs are an American pop music group originally founded by writer/guitarist/vocalist Stephen Burns, guitarist David Branyan, and drummer Zeph Paulson in Memphis, Tennessee circa 1975. ...more

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Koopsta Knicca is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Koopsta Knicca Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Southern hip hop Robert Cooper Phillips, better known by his stage name Koopsta Knicca, is an American rapper. He is best known as one of original members of the Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia. He is now a ...more

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Lord T & Eloise is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Lord T & Eloise Hip hop music, Rap music, Crunk Lord T & Eloise are a crunk rap group from Memphis, Tennessee. Lord T dresses as an 18th-century aristocrat, while Eloise wears a tuxedo and sports a "24-karat" gold skin. The ...more

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Ollie & The Nightingales is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Ollie & The Nightingales Rhythm and blues, Soul music The Dixie Nightingales, also known as Ollie & the Nightingales and The Nightingales, was an African-American male vocal group, whose repertoire included gospel and later rhythm and blues and ...more

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Breaking Point is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Breaking Point Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock Breaking Point was an American hard rock band on the record label Wind-up Records. It was founded in 1999 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Booker Little is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Booker Little Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz Booker Little, Jr. was an American jazz trumpeter and composer. He appeared on a number of recordings, both as side-man and as leader. Little was closely associated with Max Roach, but also ...more

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Chris Bell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Chris Bell Rock music, Power pop Christopher Branford "Chris" Bell was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist born in Memphis, Tennessee. Along with Alex Chilton, he led the power pop band Big Star, which ...more

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Larry Lee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Larry Lee Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues Lawrence H. "Larry" Lee, Jr. was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee, best known for his work with Al Green and Jimi Hendrix.

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His Hero is Gone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
His Hero is Gone Crust punk, Sludge metal, Punk rock His Hero Is Gone was an influential crust punk band from Memphis, Tennessee. Formed in 1995 from members of Copout, Man With Gun Lives Here, and FaceDown, they disbanded in 1999, playing their ...more

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Epoch of Unlight is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Epoch of Unlight Melodic death metal, Black metal Epoch of Unlight is a melodic death metal band from Memphis, Tennessee. The band formed in 1990, playing under a variety of different names including Enraptured and Requiem up until 1994, when ...more

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Dorsey Burnette is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Dorsey Burnette Rockabilly Dorsey Burnette was an early rockabilly singer. With his younger brother, Johnny Burnette, and a friend named Paul Burlison, he was a founder member of The Rock and Roll Trio. He is also the ...more

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DJ Paul is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
DJ Paul Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap Paul Beauregard, better known by his stage name DJ Paul, is an American rapper, record producer, DJ, songwriter and entrepreneur from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a founding member of hip-hop group ...more

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Alberta Hunter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Alberta Hunter Jazz, Blues Alberta Hunter was an American blues singer, songwriter, and nurse. Her career had started back in the early 1920s, and from there on, she became a successful jazz and blues recording artist, ...more

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Deborah Allen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Deborah Allen Southern soul, Country pop, Pop music Deborah Lynn Thurmond born September 30, known professionally as Deborah Allen, is an American country music singer, songwriter, author and actress. Since 1976, Allen has issued 12 albums and ...more

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Frayser Boy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Frayser Boy Hip hop music Frayser Boy is an American rapper. He was formerly signed to Hypnotize Minds, the label run by Three 6 Mafia founders DJ Paul and Juicy J. He had released 3 albums under the Hypnotize label: ...more

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Jazze Pha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Jazze Pha Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues Phalon Alexander, professionally known as Jazze Pha, is an American record producer, songwriter and rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Sho'nuff ...more

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Will Shade is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Will Shade Memphis blues Will Shade was an African American Memphis blues musician, best known for his leadership of the Memphis Jug Band. Shade was commonly called Son Brimmer, a nickname from his grandmother Annie ...more

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Josey Scott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Josey Scott Nu metal, Grunge, Rapcore Josey Scott which was used as one of the theme songs to the 2002 film Spider-Man) with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.