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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
Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters, Can’t Help Falling in Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby, Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition), + more

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th ...more

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Genre: Outlaw country, Christian music & Americana; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison, American Recordings, American III: Solitary Man, + more

John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, ...more

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Genre: Pop, Contemporary R&B & Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: FutureSex/LoveSounds, The 20/20 Experience, Justified, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, Justin Timberlake: Live from London, + more

Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981), often known by his initials, JT, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he ...more

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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis

Albums: Stronger, Awake, Rise, Comatose, Alien Youth, + more

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.... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis

Albums: In the Christmas Spirit, Green Onions, The Best of Booker T. & The MG's, The Booker T. Set, Back to Back, + more

Booker T may refer to Booker T. Washington (1856–1915), African American political leader at the turn of the 20th century Booker T (wrestler), ring name of American professional wrestler Booker ...more

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Gangsta Boo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Genre: Hip hop music and Southern hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Enquiring Minds, Both Worlds *69, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera, Witch, Street Ringers Vol. 1: The Mix Tape, + more

Lola Mitchell (born August 7, 1979), better known as her stage name Gangsta Boo or Lady Boo, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. She was the first and only female member of the ...more

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Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Genre: Disco, Jazz-funk & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Hot Buttered Soul, Shaft, Theme From Shaft, Greatest Hit Singles, Black Moses, + more

Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the Southern soul music label Stax ...more

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Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis

Albums: Most Known Unknown, When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1, Chapter 2: World Domination, Da Headbusaz – Dat's How It Happen To'M, + more

Three 6 Mafia is an American hip hop group from Memphis, Tennessee formed in 1991. Emerging as a horror-themed underground rap group, they would eventually go on to enjoy mainstream success. The ...more

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Big Star is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis

Albums: Third/Sister Lovers, #1 Record, Radio City, #1 Record / Radio City, In Space, + more

Big Star was an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens, and Andy Hummel. The group broke up in early 1975, and reorganized with a new ...more

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Saliva is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis

Albums: Every Six Seconds, In It to Win It, Back Into Your System, Saliva, Survival of the Sickest, + more

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
Genre: Pop music, Country rock & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: This Is Country, 36 All-Time Greatest Hits, New Moves/Traces, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Don Williams, Volume 2, + more

Donald Ray Williams (May 27, 1939 – September 8, 2017) was an American country singer, songwriter, and 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He began his solo career in 1971, singing ...more

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Eightball & MJG is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis

Albums: Comin' Out Hard, On Top of the World, Living Legends, Lyrics of a Pimp, Space Age 4 Eva, + more

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
Genre: Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: 19 Years: A Collection of Alex Chilton, Bach's Bottom, Loose Shoes and Tight Pussy, Top 30, Like Flies on Sherbert, + more

William Alexander Chilton (December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, best known as the lead singer of The Box Tops and Big Star. ...more

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Memphis Slim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Genre: Blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Steady Rolling Blues, Jazz in Paris: Aux Trois Mailletz, Every Day I Have The Blues, Memphis Heat, The Greatest Hits of Memphis Slim, + more

Memphis Slim (September 3, 1915 – February 24, 1988) was an American blues pianist, singer, and composer. He led a series of bands that, reflecting the popular appeal of jump blues, included ...more

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Lucero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis

Albums: That Much Further West, Nobody's Darlings, Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers, 1372 Overton Park, + more

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
Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & Gangsta rap; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Mista Don't Play: Everythangs Workin, Walkin' Bank Roll, Play Me Some Pimpin', Layin Da Smack Down, Ghetty Green, + more

Patrick Earl Houston (born February 8, 1973), better known by his stage name Project Pat is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. He is the older brother of Juicy J, the co-founder of ...more

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Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Genre: Chicago blues and Blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Night of the Blues, The Real Blues, Messin' With the Kid: Junior Wells 1957-1963, Alone & Acoustic, Calling All Blues, + more

Junior Wells (born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr., December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998) was an American Chicago blues vocalist, harmonica player, and recording artist. He was one of the pioneers of ...more

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Kirk Whalum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Smooth jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Christmas Message, Unconditional, The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter 1, Ricky Lawson & Friends: First Things 1st, And You Know That!, + more

Kirk Whalum (born July 11, 1958) is an American jazz saxophonist and songwriter. He toured with Whitney Houston for more than seven years and soloed in her single "I Will Always Love ...more
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The Bar-Kays is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis

Albums: Nightcruising, Light of Life, Flying High on Your Love, Injoy, Money Talks, + more

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" (US Billboard ...more

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W. C. Handy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Genre: Jazz and Blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: W.C. Handy's Memphis Blues Band, Classics Meet Pops, St. Louis Blues / Yellow Dog Blues, St. Louis Blues

William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was a composer and musician, known as the Father of the Blues. An African American, Handy was one of the most influential ...more

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Koko Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Genre: Chicago blues, Electric blues & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Force of Nature, Koko Taylor, From the Heart of a Woman, Love You Like a Woman, The Blues Collection 29: Wang Dang Doodle, + more

Koko Taylor (born Cora Anna Walton, September 28, 1928 – June 3, 2009) was an American singer whose style encompassed Chicago blues, electric blues, rhythm and blues and soul blues. Sometimes ...more

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Crunchy Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Genre: Hip hop music, Southern hip hop & Crunk; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: On My Own, Hypnotize Minds Presents - the Blackness, From Me To You, Money Mask

Darnell Carlton (born August 20, 1977), better known by his stage name Crunchy Black, is an American rapper and Hype man. He was a longtime member of the Oscar-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia ...more

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Anita Ward is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Genre: Disco and Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ring My Bell, Songs of Love, Ring My Bell, Ring My Bell

Anita Ward (born December 20, 1956) 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

Albums: Stained Glass, Time to Believe, A Different Man, I Surrender All: The Clay Crosse Collection, Volume 1, + more

Clay Crosse (born Walter Clayton Crossnoe, February 11, 1967) is a contemporary Christian music artist. He has won four GMA Dove Awards, and is probably best known for the single "I

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Lil Hardin Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
Lillian "Lil" Hardin Armstrong (née Hardin; February 3, 1898 – August 27, 1971) was a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and bandleader. She was the second wife of Louis ...more

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