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The Center's Multimedia Archives include virtually unknown 78 disc recordings by Memphis' own Rev. L.O. Taylor recording gospel choirs, R&B bandleader Tuff Green recording his group's newest tunes, jug band performers like Will Shade and Laura Dukes, blues crooner A.D. "Gatemouth" Moore, sidemen and women like saxophonists Fred Ford and Evelyn Young, and legendary performers like Rufus and Carla Thomas, among others. 

Drawn from years of research, field surveys, festivals and special programming the Center's Archives represent one of the most important collections of its kind in the region.  It contains interviews and performances by B. B. King, R. L. Burnside, Billy Lee Riley, Paul Burlison, Charlie Musselwhite, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas as well as performers who backed up many of Memphis' musical legends and musicians who currently perform in their communities. 

The collection covers a wide range of indigenous musical traditions such as fife and drum, country, gospel, rockabilly, soul, rhythm and blues and new forms of southern alternative music. The artists talk not just about their music, but the effect their community, home and family have on their music.

The collection contains interviews with musicians, performers, disc jockeys, and club owners and more.  Music has been recorded at community programs, religious services and concerts and over 30 years of performances and festivals produced by the Center.  Donated materials include recordings of gospel and blue grass in east Tennessee and fife and drum music in west Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professionally released 78s and LPs
This is a collection of 78 rpm record of secular and sacred recordings from  the 1930s to the 1950s . The LPs are 331/3 vinyl recordings of folk and popular music from the 1960s to the 1980s.

 

Our music archives include items from our own extensive fieldwork and years of festivals to historic items donated as part of larger collections.
 

The Center's Multimedia Archives include virtually unknown 78 disc recordings by Memphis' own Rev. L.O. Taylor recording gospel choirs, R&B bandleader Tuff Green recording his group's newest tunes, jug band performers like Will Shade and Laura Dukes, blues crooner A.D. "Gatemouth" Moore, sidemen and women like saxophonists Fred Ford and Evelyn Young, and legendary performers like Rufus and Carla Thomas, among others. 

 

 

Home cut records
These records were recorded in the 1940s by Reverend L. O. Taylor and musician and bandleader Tuff Green.  There are numerous original recording of individuals, quartets and choirs singing religious music. There are also discs containing radio programs and records containing popular secular and sacred music of the day.

The 8 and 10 inch recordings produced by Tuff Green contain music performed by Green and his musicians. Some of the tunes include Sweet Georgia Brown, Body and Soul, and Blue Moon.

   
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