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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.

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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

    AlbumsJailhouse 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)

    Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was... 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

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

    John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American... morespotify buy button

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    Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis

    Justin Timberlake

    Pop, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsFutureSex/LoveSounds, The 20/20 Experience, Justified, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, Justin Timberlake: Live from London

    Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981), often known by his initials, JT, is an... more

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


    Nu metal, Rock music

    AlbumsStronger, Awake, Rise, Comatose, Alien Youth

    Skillet is a Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United... 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

    AlbumsIn the Christmas Spirit, Green Onions, The Best of Booker T. & The MG's, The Booker T. Set, Back to Back

    Booker T may refer to Booker T. Washington (1856–1915), African American political leader at... 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

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

    Lola Mitchell (born August 7, 1979), better known as her stage name Gangsta Boo or Lady Boo,... 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

    AlbumsHot Buttered Soul, Shaft, Theme From Shaft, Greatest Hit Singles, Black Moses

    Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American singer, songwriter,... 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

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

    Three 6 Mafia is an American hip hop group from Memphis, Tennessee formed in 1991. Emerging as... 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

    AlbumsThird/Sister Lovers, #1 Record, Radio City, #1 Record / Radio City, In Space

    Big Star was an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton,... more

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    The Best Big Star Albums of All Time#859 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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


    Nu metal, Rock music

    AlbumsEvery Six Seconds, In It to Win It, Back Into Your System, Saliva, Survival of the Sickest

    Saliva is an American alternative metal band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in September 1996.... more

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    #562 of 1,020 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time#67 of 74 The Best Bands Named After Body Parts

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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

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

    Donald Ray Williams (May 27, 1939 – September 8, 2017) was an American country singer,... more

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    The Best Don Williams Albums of All Time#14 of 291 The Top Country Artists of All Time

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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

    AlbumsComin' Out Hard, On Top of the World, Living Legends, Lyrics of a Pimp, Space Age 4 Eva

    8Ball & MJG is an American hip hop duo from Memphis, Tennessee. The two rappers met at... more

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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

    Albums19 Years: A Collection of Alex Chilton, Bach's Bottom, Loose Shoes and Tight Pussy, Top 30, Like Flies on Sherbert

    William Alexander Chilton (December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010) was an American... more

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    Memphis Slim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis

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

    Memphis Slim (September 3, 1915 – February 24, 1988) was an American blues pianist, singer,... more

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


    Heartland rock, Rock music

    AlbumsThat Much Further West, Nobody's Darlings, Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers, 1372 Overton Park

    Lucero is an American country-punk rock band based in Memphis, Tennessee. Lucero's sound has... 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

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

    Patrick Earl Houston (born February 8, 1973), better known by his stage name Project Pat is an... more

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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

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

    Junior Wells (born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr., December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998) was an... 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

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

    Kirk Whalum (born July 11, 1958) is an American jazz saxophonist and songwriter. He toured... more

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    #14 of 191 The Best Smooth Jazz Bands and Artists of All Time#218 of 346 Famous Saxophonists

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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

    AlbumsNightcruising, Light of Life, Flying High on Your Love, Injoy, Money Talks

    The Bar-Kays are an American soul, R&B, and funk group formed in 1966. The group had dozens of... 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

    AlbumsW.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,... 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

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

    Koko Taylor (born Cora Anna Walton, September 28, 1928 – June 3, 2009) was an American singer... 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

    AlbumsOn 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... 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

    AlbumsRing 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... more
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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

    AlbumsStained Glass, Time to Believe, A Different Man, I Surrender All: The Clay Crosse Collection, Volume 1

    Clay Crosse (born Walter Clayton Crossnoe, February 11, 1967) is a contemporary Christian... more

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    Lil Hardin Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Memphis
    Lillian "Lil" Hardin Armstrong (née Hardin; February 3, 1898 – August 27, 1971) was a jazz... more