December 21: Frank Zappa was born in 1940

 A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open. ~Frank Zappa My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can. ~Frank Zappa

November 24: The late Donald Duck Dunn was born in 1941

A 2 minute history of Donald “Duck” Dunn:“We were recording almost a hit a day for a while there. But I never knew how popular that music was until I came to England with Otis Redding in 1967.” – Donald Dunn (about the Stax period)

Documentary: Otis Redding – Soul Ambassador

Otis Redding Soul Ambassador. Documentary from the BBC. First-ever TV documentary about the legendary soul singer Otis Redding, following him from childhood and marriage to the Memphis studios and segregated Southern clubs where he honed his unique stage act and voice. Through unseen home movies, the film reveals how Otis’s 1967 tour of Britain dramatically changed his life and music. After bringing soul …

Steve Cropper

Sure, I’ve always dug Steve Cropper… his guitar playing. Ever since the first Booker T. record. I heard that back in the Midwest. Yeah, everybody was playing like him. ~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner, 29 Nov. 1969) Memphis is in a very lucky position on the map. Everything just gravitated to Memphis for years. ~Steve Cropper Booker T & The MG’s …

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