Dr. A and I are taking a weekend trip to Memphis, TN to celebrate our anniversary. We’re doing all the cultural tourism things that Memphis has to offer. I have never been to Graceland. That may not be a high culture destination but it’s Americana at its quirkiest.

Chuck Berry wrote Memphis, Tennessee in 1958. I’m using the shorter alternate title for brevity’s sake. It’s perhaps my favorite Berry tune.

We begin with the songwriter himself:

Johnny Rivers had the biggest radio hit with the Berry classic:

Jan & Dean hit the beach in Memphis. Did I just say beach? Oops, never mind.

This Faces version is the best song on a fine album. The keys by Ian McLagan are to die for.

Wilson Pickett stays home at the Stax Studio with this typically gritty cover.

I mentioned Graceland so I’m obliged to post The King:

Chuck Berry goes bluegrass with Lester and Earl:

Finally, John Cale proto punks it up:

What’s a Friday Cocktail Hour without a jazz instrumental version of the week’s tune? This time, Count Basie and His Orchestra:

That’s it for this week. Raise your glass and toast Dr. A and my anniversary, It’s what the Million Dollar Quartet would want. Never argue with them.

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