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  • Open daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Last tour at 6:15 p.m.)
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Exhibition Song List

For the exhibition of the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and presented throughout its galleries, is a list of songs compiled by The Smithsonian Institution to chronicle the development of rock 'n' roll and soul music. The songs express the diversity of musical genre (blues, gospel, country, etc.) which contributed to these two musical styles which exploded from Memphis, Tennessee. Their chronological listing also shows a progression of this world-changing musical evolution.

The songs also present a unique opportunity to compare such songs as "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" by both the Heavenly Gospel Singers and Ben Branch, or "That's All Right" by Arthur Crudup and later by Elvis Presley, or Bill Monreo's version of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" against Elvis Presley's, or Otis Redding's version of "Respect," pre-Aretha Franklin. Most are available through iTunes or other music-sharing web sites. Visitors have asked that these gallery song lists compiled by the Smithsonian Institution be made available outside the museum experience. So, here they are:

Great Speckled Bird by Roy Acuff and His Crazy Tennesseans
Waiting For A Train by Jimmie Rodgers
Can The Circle Be Unbroken by The Carter Family
What Would You Give In Exchange by the Monroe Brothers
Old And In The Way by Fiddlin’ John Carson
I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart by Patsy Montana and The Prairie Ramblers
What’s The Matter With The Mill by Bob Wills
Cross Road Blues  by Robert Johnson
Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues  by Charlie Patton
Street Car Blues  by Sleepy John Estes
Canned Heat Blues by Tommy Johnson
Cotton Seed Blues by Roosevelt Sykes
Mule Boogie by Jim Boyd
Cotton Choppin’ Blues by Big Bill Broonzy
Kassie Jones by Furry Lewis
Precious Lord, Take My Hand by the Heavenly Gospel Singers
Memphis Flu by Elder Curry
Madison Street Rag by Cannon’s Jug Stompers
Fourth Street Mess Around by the Memphis Jug Band
Mr. Crump Don’t Like It by the Beale Street Sheiks
Memphis Blues by W.C. Handy
That’s All Right by Arthur Crudup
What’s The Matter With The Mill by Memphis Minnie
‘Taint What You Do by Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra
Stormy Monday Blues by Billie Eckstine with Earl Hines and His Orchestra
I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town by Louis Jordan
Strange Things Happening Every Day by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Excerpts Of WDIA Programs sponsored By Carnation Milk, Spirit of Memphis
So Glad I’ve Got Good Religion by Rev. W.H. Brewster and The Brewsteraires
He’ll Understand And Say Well Done by the Blackwood Brothers
The Great Atomic Power by The Louvin Brothers
Move It On Over by Hank Williams
Blue Moon Of Kentucky by Bill Monroe
The Memphis Bounce by Slim Rhodes
Blues Stay Away From Me by the Delmore Brothers
Walking The Floor Over You by Ernest Tubb
Little Willie Green by Swift Jewel Cowbies
3 O’Clock Blues by B.B. King
Moanin’ At Midnight by Howlin’ Wolf
Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston
Hound Dog by Willie Mae Thornton
Bear Cat by Rufus Thomas
Pledging My Love by Johnny Ace
Much Later by Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm
Little Boy Blue by Bobby Bland
Mystery Train by Junior Parker
No Moon At All by Phineas Newborn Jr. & Trio
Walk Right In by Bill Harvey
That’s All Right by Elvis Presley
Blue Moon Of Kentucky by Elvis Presley
Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On by Jerry Lee Lewis
I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash
Train Kept A Rollin by the Rock & Roll Trio
One Hand Loose by Charlie Feathers
Flyin’ Saucer Rock ‘n’ Roll by Billy Lee Riley
Red Headed Woman by Sonny Burgess
Who Will The Next Fool Be? by Charlie Rich
What’s Made Milwaukee Famous by Jerry Lee Lewis
He’ll Never Love You by Ivory Joe Hunter
Mountain of Love by Harold Dorman
Last Night by The Mar-Keys
Cause I Love You by Rufus & Carla Thomas
You Don’t Miss Your Water by William Bell
Green Onions by Booker T. & The MGs
Time Is Tight by Booker T. & The MGs
Respect by Otis Redding
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long by Otis Redding
Soul Man by Sam & Dave
In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett
Crosscut Saw by Albert King
Soul Finger by The Bar-Kays
Josephine by the Bill Black Combo
Tuff by Ace Cannon
The Crawl by Willie Mitchell
Don’t Turn Your Back On Me by Don Bryant
I Can’t Stand The Rain by Ann Peebles
Trying To Live My Life Without You by Otis Clay
Nickel And A Nail by O.V. Wright
Love And Happiness by Al Green
Theme From “Shaft” by Isaac Hayes
I Am Somebody by Johnnie Taylor
Long Walk To D.C. by The Staple Singers
Lift Every Voice And Sing by Kim Weston
(What’s Under) The Natural Do by John Ka Sandra
99 Lbs. by Ann Peebles
Say It Loud (I’m Black & I’m Proud) by James Brown
Cryin In The Streets by George Perkins
Precious Lord, Take My Hand by Ben Branch And The Operation Breadbasket And Choir
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron
Why I Sing The Blues by B.B. King
Wooly Bully by Sam The Sham And The Pharoahs
Born A Woman by Sandy Posey
Cry Like A Baby by Box Tops
Scratchy by Travis Wammack
Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley
Walk Right In by Gus Cannon
Furry’s Blues by Furry Lewis
Going Down by Moloch
On The Road Again by Mud Boy And The Neutrons    

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The Mission of the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum is to Preserve and Tell the Story of Memphis Music and to perpetuate its legacy.