Other mixed-in-Memphis hit songs - not oldies

Disco Duck” —  Rick Dees, 1976, Shoe Productions

This silly, comedic disco song was number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 during Oct. 1976. Rick Dees was an AM disc jockey in Memphis when he wrote it. It sold 6 million copies.

ZZ Top in Memphis

Whether you consider them hard rock, classic rock or boogie blues rock, the Texas-based trio known as ZZ Top has sold over 50 million albums. Some of their biggest singles were mixed in Memphis. Those include:

  • “La Grange” — 1973, Ardent Studios, London label
  • Gimme All You Lovin’” — 1983, Ardent, Warner Bros.
  • “Sharp Dressed Man” — 1983, Ardent, Warner Bros.
  • “Legs” — 1983, Ardent, Warner Bros.
  • “BBBB”

U2 in Memphis

U2 recorded “When Loves Comes to Town” (with with B.B. King) and “Angel of Harlem” at Sun Studio for their 1988 album Rattle and Hum along with video for the documentary by the same name.

Led Zeppelin III album mixed in Memphis

The 1970 album by the legendary British rock quarter was recorded at various places in England, but the tapes were brought to Ardent Studios in Memphis for mixing while the band was touring in America. The top song from the album, “The Immigrant Song,” is most likely the most-listened-to song mentioned on this page. It was featured in the scene of the movie Thor: Radnorok when the hero realized his true powers.

R.E.M. in Memphis

Ardent Records: REM, James Taylor, Replacements, Gin Blossoms