22 June 2010
| Cyndi Lauper|
Mercer Street Records
| June 22, 2010 (2010-06-22)|
March 2010 in Electraphonic Studios, Memphis
Cyndi Lauper, Scott Bomar
Blues, Memphis blues, Rock and roll, Soul blues, Blues rock
Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album
Cyndi Lauper albums, Soul music albums
Memphis Blues is the tenth studio album by American singer Cyndi Lauper. Regarded as a continuation of her 2008 comeback the album was a nominee for the Grammy Awards 2010 and was released on June 22, 2010. According to the Brazilian daily newspaper O Globo, the album had sold 600,000 copies worldwide by November 2010. Memphis Blues was voted the 7th best album of 2010 by the New York Post, and it went on to become Billboard's biggest selling blues album of 2010. To support the album, Lauper made her biggest tour ever, the Memphis Blues Tour, which had more than 140 shows and covered every continent of the world except, obviously, Antarctica.
Lauper announced via her official Twitter account in December 2009 that she would be recording a blues album. Sessions were held in March 2010 at Electraphonic Studios in Memphis, Tennessee with producer Scott Bomar, her frequent collaborator Bill Wittman and special guests B. B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Ann Peebles and Allen Toussaint.
Lauper performed songs from the album on the Late Show with David Letterman on June 14, on The Joy Behar Show on June 21, The Howard Stern Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on June 22, Good Morning America on June 23 and Live with Regis and Kelly on June 24, on The Early Show on July 20. and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 30.
Lauper has supported the album with the Memphis Blues Tour.
Lauper was honored at the 2010 NARM Awards and performed several songs from the Memphis Blues album at the event.
Memphis Blues debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard Top Blues chart and at number 26 on the official Billboard 200, with a moderately successful first week sales of more than 16,000 copies. The album is Lauper's third-highest charting album on the Billboard 200 of her career, trailing only her first two releases, She's So Unusual and True Colors. The album remained at No. 1 on the Billboard Blues chart for thirteen weeks, totaling 40 weeks in the chart.The album has sold 76,000 copies in the United States as of May 2016.
Seven songs from the album ranked in the Top 25 on Billboard's Blues Digital Songs chart, including "Crossroads" at number one.
Japan release includes bonus tracks 12 and 13, but varies "I Don't Want To Cry" to feature TOKU, with no mention of Leo Gandelman.
Cyndi Lauper – lead vocals, production
"Skip" Charles Pitts - guitar
Lester Snell – guitar
Charlie Musselwhite - harmonica
Allen Toussaint – keyboards
Howard Grimes – drums
William Wittman - bass, engineer
Leroy Hodges – bass
Marc Franklin – trumpet
Derrick Williams – tenor sax
Kirk Smothers – baritone sax
B.B. King – vocals and guitar on Early in the Mornin
Jonny Lang – vocals and guitar on How Blue Can You Get
Ann Peebles – vocals on Rollin' and Tumblin
Scott Bomar – production
- "Just Your Fool" (featuring Charlie Musselwhite) (Marion Walter Jacobs) – 3:35
- "Shattered Dreams" (featuring Allen Toussaint) (Lowell Fulson, Washington Ferdinand) – 3:52
- "Early in the Mornin'" (featuring Allen Toussaint and B.B. King) (Leo Hickman, Louis Jordan, Dallas Bartley) – 3:51
- "Romance in the Dark" (Roxanne Seeman & Philipp Steinke) – 5:42
- "How Blue Can You Get?" (featuring Jonny Lang) (Jane Feather) – 5:21
- "Down Don't Bother Me" (featuring Charlie Musselwhite) (Albert King) – 3:01
- "Don't Cry No More" (Don Robey) – 2:43
- "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (featuring Ann Peebles) (Traditional) (Muddy Waters) – 3:26
- "Down So Low" (Tracy Nelson) – 3:53
- "Mother Earth" (featuring Allen Toussaint) (Memphis Slim, Peter Chatman) – 5:18
- "Crossroads" (featuring Jonny Lang) (Robert Johnson) – 4:42
- "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues" (Ida Cox) [Amazon.com MP3, Latin America and Europe bonus track] – 3:22
- "I Don't Want to Cry" (featuring Leo Gandelman) (Chuck Jackson) [Latin America bonus track] – 4:27
1I'm Just Your FoolCharlie Musselwhite3:37Memphis Blues (album) Wikipedia
2Shattered DreamsAllen Toussaint3:52
3Early In the Mornin'BB King - Allen Toussaint3:51