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About Memphis
Memphis, located in the lower west corner of Tennessee on a bluff above the Mississippi River, the state’s largest city in Tennessee and the state’s second largest metropolitan area behind Nashville.

Memphis is known for its vibrant musical culture. The city is home to two historic recording companies, Stax Records and Sun Records. At Stax, artists like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Johnny Taylor, the Barkays, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas and Booker T. and the MGs produced hit after hit during the 1960s and 1970s. 

Sun Records was the home of rock ‘n roll pioneers like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich.  Additionally, music legends B. B. King and W.C. Handy made it their homes.  It is also the birthplace of jazz musicians Hank Crawford, Harold Mabern, Kirk Whalum, George Coleman, Phineas Newborn and Charles Lloyd.

Centrally located among railroads, highways, and the Mississippi River, Memphis is an ideal city for shipping and transportation. Memphis International Airport is the second busiest cargo airport in the world. Memphis is the home of nine Fortune 500 companies, including FedEx, AutoZone and International Paper.

  • Population: 652,050
  • Metropolitan Area: 1,316,100
  • Major Industries: Commercial transportation and shipping.
  • Sports Teams: Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association
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