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Musicians

The Memphis Blazers featured some of the best musicians and vocalists in the Memphis area while they rocked the Memphis and Mid-South region from 1961-68 and 1974-75. The band provided a driving Memphis soul sound for thousands of party goers at dances throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The music of The Memphis Blazers covered most major soul artists from James Brown, to Motown, to Memphis Stax, plus their own original songs. Now, their tapes have been recovered from the vault, and a new CD, Rockin Rhythm Revue has been released.

 

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Center: Gene Johnson
L-R: Bill Melton, Jim Key, Joe Arnold, Jim Mitchell,
Dickie Cooper, Lou Bosdorf, Robert Smith
~1966~

PERSONNEL
FROM 1961-1968:

Joe Arnold: bass & sax
Lee Baker: guitar
Lou Bosdorf: vocals
Dickie Cooper: drums
Clyde Croswell: sax
John DeWitt: keyboards & guitar
Jim Grivich: trumpet
Gene Johnson: lead vocals
Jim Key: keyboards
Bobby Manuel: guitar
Bill Melton: guitar
Jim Mitchell: vocals
Harry Mullins: vocals
Buddy Skipper: guitar
Robert Smith: vocals & trombone
Swain Schaeffer: keyboards

 


John DeWitt

Bobby Manuel

Buddy Skipper
 

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PERSONNEL
FROM 1974-1975:

Lou Bosdorf: vocals
Gene Johnson: lead vocals
Julian Kelly: drums
Jim Key: keyboards
Bill Melton: guitar
Jim Mitchell: vocals
Cecil O'Daniel: bass
Steve O'Keefe: vocals

L-R (top): Cecil O'Daniel, Jim Mitchell, Gene Johnson,
Bill Melton, Lou Bosdorf;
(bottom): Julian Kelly, Jim Key, Steve O'Keefe
~1974~

Today, the music of The Memphis Blazers is still in demand. The band has re-united and, once again, features some of the very best Memphis musicians. The original vocalists have added the excellent harmonies of Connie Wilson Manuel and Nancy Grear Mitchell. The rhythm section is still led by the great Memphis lead guitarist, Bobby Manuel along with John DeWitt from the Cadillac Daddy band based in San Francisco. The Memphis Blazers now feature Memphis Grammy® executive Jon Hornyak on keyboards, the Memphis Music Premier Player award winner Dave Smith on bass, and the New Memphis Horns–Jim Spake on sax and Scott Thompson on trumpet. On drums, Steve Potts, anchors the rhythm section. Steve Potts also performs worldwide with Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Wynonna Judd, and the Blues Brothers Band.

L-R: Jim Mitchell, Jon Hornyak, Nancy Mitchell, Dave Smith, Connie Manuel, Steve Potts, Robert Smith, Bobby Manuel, Jim Spake, Gene Johnson, Scott Thompson
~2008~

L-R: Nancy Grear Mitchell and Connie Wilson Manuel
~2008~

 

Steve Potts
~2008~

Nancy

L-R: Jon Hornyak and Dave Smith
~2008~