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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Memphis Melodies

My husband has long believed that Memphis is mentioned in song titles and lyrics more than any other city. I’ve tried (unsuccessfully) for a while to find a way to prove that. I did, however, find that a web site called CD Universe agrees with Mike: It’s been said that Memphis is mentioned in more song titles than any other city.

The universe won’t spin any faster or slower if I can verify the belief, but I think we’d like to have the official bragging rights. In the meantime, here’s a list of songs that include Memphis in the lyrics or title. I’m certain that it’s not complete (I added two more this morning) , so let me know if you have additions.

  • Ain't No Train to Memphis Anymore by BR5-49

  • All Around The World by Boyz II Men

  • All The Way From Memphis by Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter, Brian May

  • Baby Took a Limo to Memphis by Guy Clark

  • Back to Memphis by David Sanborn

  • Big Train (From Memphis) by John Fogerty

  • Blues in the Night by Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer

  • Cinco De Mayo in Memphis by Jimmy Buffett

  • Dixie Chicken by Little Feat

  • Don’t Mention Memphis by Tim McGraw

  • Eighteen Miles From Memphis by Stray Cats

  • Funky and The Farm Boy by Rodney Crowell

  • Graceland by Paul Simon

  • Guitar Man by Jerry Reed

  • How I Got to Memphis. by Bobby Bare

  • I’m Going to Memphis by Johnny Cash

  • I’ve Been to Memphis by Lyle Lovett

  • I've Never Been to Memphis by Billie Ray Martin

  • I Love Me Some Elvis by Derailers

  • Last Train to Memphis by Johnny Rivers

  • Maybe it Was Memphis by Pam Tillis

  • Memphis by Chuck Berry, Joe Jackson, Sammy Kershaw, Faron Young, Bob Marley, Johnny Rivers

  • Memphis Blues by Doc Watson, Chet Atkins

  • Memphis City Rain by Angie Aparo

  • Memphis Exorcism by Squirrel Nut Zippers

  • Memphis in June by Harry James

  • Memphis in The Meantime by John Hiatt

  • Memphis, Tennessee by The Beatles, Chuck Berry

  • Memphis Underground by Herbie Mann

  • Memphis Women and Chicken by T. Graham Brown

  • Memphis Yodel by Jimmie Rodgers

  • Midnight in Memphis by J.J. Cale, Meri Wilson

  • Motel in Memphis by Old Crow Medicine Show

  • My Elusive Dream by David Houston

  • Night Train to Memphis by Roy Acuff

  • Nothin’ ‘Bout Memphis

  • No Train to Memphis by BR5-49

  • Prisoner of The Highway by Ronnie Milsap

  • Queen of Memphis by Confederate Railroad

  • Song for a Deck Hand's Daughter by James McMurtry

  • South by Southwest by Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell

  • Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues by Bob Dylan

  • Take Me by Lari White

  • Talk Memphis by Jesse Winchester

  • Tennessee Plates by John Hiatt

  • Traveling Band by Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • That’s How I Got to Memphis by Tom T. Hall, Solomon Burke

  • Tuesday Night in Memphis by John Lurie

  • Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohn, Lonestar

  • The Wrong Side of Memphis by Trisha Yearwood


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