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.

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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