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In terms of music, Memphis, Tennessee is probably the most historically rich city in the world. It’s the home of blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, the white boy blues.
Although it’s best known as the birthplace of rockabilly, Sam Phillip’s Sun Studio originally recorded black artists like BB King, Little Milton, James Cotton and Howlin’ Wolf. No-one else would record black musicians in Memphis in the early '50s but Sam Phillips had no such prejudice.
Sam died in 2003. His iconic studio is still open for business at 706 Union Ave.
Mr Scratch or Old Scratch is the old folklore name for Beelzebub, Satan… the Devil. It was Scratch that supposedly met Robert Johnson at the crossroads at midnight to trade souls for lightning fast chops.