Since Memphis is called the "birthplace of the blues" it seems appropriate to sprinkle some amidst this weekly feature. Conventional legend has it that W.C. Handy wrote the first commercial blues song in a bar on Beale Street here in Memphis in 1912. Muddy Waters got his start here as well, seen here singing perhaps his signature tune..
Other blues artists managed to influence white rock/blues in the 60s and 70s, Sonny Boy Williamson among them..
There were others, like Elmore James and Robert Johnson, but predominately white artists such as the Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton raked in all the cash and fame.