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Oh, Mama! A Tale Of Two Cities' Memphis Blues

KWEM in West Memphis was, in many ways, a springboard for blues artists on their way to greater glory, including guitarist B.B. King.
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KWEM in West Memphis was, in many ways, a springboard for blues artists on their way to greater glory, including guitarist B.B. King.

Memphis, Tenn., and West Memphis, Ark., don't receive enough props when it comes to the blues. After all, Mississippi is the first place that comes to mind when talk turns to early, acoustic country blues, while Chicago is known as the city where The Blues Went Electric.

So what about Memphis? Well, before nailing down the title "birthplace of rock 'n' roll," Memphis and West Memphis made many great contributions to early acoustic and electric blues. Here are a mere five of them.

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