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Memphis soul

Music genre
NameMemphis soul
Stylistic originsMemphis music
Rhythm and blues
Southern soul
Gospel music
Cultural origins1960's; Memphis, Tennessee (United States)
Typical instrumentsorgan • drums • Basshorns • vocals
Derivative formsDisco
Subgenre listList of soul genres
Other topicsAl GreenBooker T. JonesIsaac Hayes • Stax Records

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Memphis soul is stylish, funky, uptown soul music that is not as hard-edged as Southern soul. It is a shimmering, sultry style produced in the 1960s and 1970s at Stax and Hi Records in Memphis, Tennessee, featuring melodic unison horn lines, organ, bass, and a driving beat on the drums. Many of the songs in this style were performed by vocalists backed by the house bands for Stax and Hi Records. The Memphis soul sound was different from the Motown Sound from Detroit Michigan. After the rise of disco in the late 1970s, Memphis soul declined somewhat in popularity.

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Soul music

GenresBlue-eyed soul - British soul - Brown-eyed soul - Chicago soul - Hip hop soul - Memphis soul - Modern soul - Neo soul - Pop soul - Philadelphia soul - Psychedelic soul - Smooth soul - Southern soul - Soul jazz - Spoken word soul
Other topicsAfrican American music - Blues - Funk - Gospel music - Mod (subculture) - Mod revival - Motown Records - Northern soul - Rhythm and blues - Skinhead - Soulboy - Soul musicians - Stax Records

Stax/Volt Records

Major figuresJim Stewart * Estelle Axton * Al Bell * Steve Cropper * Booker T. Jones * Donald "Duck" Dunn * Al Jackson, Jr. * Isaac Hayes * David Porter * Jerry Wexler * Clive Davis
Major artists
(Atlantic years)
Otis Redding * Sam & Dave * Carla Thomas * Rufus Thomas * The Mar-Keys * Booker T. & The MG's * William Bell * Eddie Floyd * Johnnie Taylor * Albert King * The Bar-Kays
Major artists
Isaac Hayes * David Porter * Eddie Floyd * Johnnie Taylor * The Rance Allen Group * The Soul Children * The Staple Singers * The Temprees * The Emotions * Mel & Tim * The Bar-Kays * Linda Lyndell * Richard Pryor * Bill Cosby * William Bell * Little Milton * Jesse Jackson * Big Star
Modern Stax artistsSoulive * Angie Stone * Lalah Hathaway * Leela James * Isaac Hayes * Leon Ware * N'dambi * Nikka Costa * Teena Marie
Related articlesMemphis soul * Wattstax * Stax Museum of American Soul Music * Atlantic Records * Union Planters Bank * CBS Records * Fantasy Records * Concord Records

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