Memphis

Thomas Wilmer

Memphis, Tennessee, native Booker T. Jones started playing the piano as a toddler, and began singing in his church choir as a six year-old. With the release of “Green Onions” in 1962, Booker T. & the M.G.’s organ-infused Memphis soul sound became a number-one hit on Billboard’s R&B chart. Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Jones at the North Carolina Folk Festival, where he recalls growing up in Memphis, playing as a studio musician at Stax Recording Studio while still in high school, and the story behind “M.G.” in the band’s name. Jones is a member of the Rock  & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. His autobiographical book “The Time is Tight—My life Note By Note” is scheduled for release November 1, 2019. Jones’ music has been acknowledged by USA Today’s “100 Best Songs in History” and Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” Recipient of three Grammys and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the hit-single “Green Onions” was inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Faith Morris, chief marketing and external affairs officer at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

Thomas Wilmer

Come along with correspondent Tom Wilmer as he explores current facets of Memphis, Tenneesee.

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Memphis, Tennessee, where he visits the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum with John Doyle, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s first permanent exhibit outside of Washington D.C.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Thomas Wilmer

The story of Soulsville and Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis

A 60-year run at Royal Studios in Memphis--recording hits with 1960s vacuum-tube technology

Sun Studio Memphis-- birthplace of Rock & Roll

Memphis Music Hall of Fame showcases the birthplace of Rock & Roll, Soul, and Blue

Exploring Graceland, Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex, and Guest House

Stax Museum in Memphis, Tennessee
Thomas Wilmer

Tim Sampson Communications Director for the Soulsville Foundation talks about the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the genesis of “Soulsville”, the astounding Stax Music Academy, and Soulsville Charter School. Tiffany Harmon shares the story of Rock & Roll birthplace at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. A visit with Boo Mitchell at legendary Royal Studios, followed by a visit at Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

Elvis at Graceland
Thomas Wilmer

A journey of discovery at the brand new Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex and 400-room Guest House with Gary Hahn, Vice President of Marketing and Media for Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis Music Hall of Fames shines in the night
Tom Wilmer

A visit at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Museum with Executive Director John Doyle in downtown  Memphis, Tennessee. The museum showcases the story of Memphis Music and its century long legacy as a multicultural birthplace of American Music.