Floyd Murphy

...Floyd Murphy Suffered A Stroke And Can't Perform At This Time, We Miss Him...

Floyd MurphyFloyd Murphy is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, and knew and performed with many of Memphis' greats. He worked with blues harp man James Cotton (even before Cotton moved to Chicago), Junior Parker, Rufus Thomas, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, Johnny Ace, Willie Nix, Bobby Blue Bland, Roosevelt Sykes, and many others throughout the south.

As a young guitar player on the Memphis music scene in the early 1950s, Murphy recorded classic sides with singer/harmonica player Junior Parker and The Blue Flames for Sam Phillips' Sun Records. Floyd's tricky guitar playing on Feelin' Good seems to actually sound like two guitar players. Mystery Train also recorded at these sessions, was covered by Elvis Presley and became one of Elvis' most popular recordings of the 1950s.

Murphy moved to Chicago in 1956, and after a couple of years in the Armed Forces, relocated to Cairo, Illinois, working with many of Cairo's fine R & B musicians which included Eddie Snow and the Snowflakes, as well as playing dates in the Chicagoland area.

In the early 60s, Murphy recorded the VeeJay Records release of Birdlegs and Pauline's tune Spring which rose to number 18 on the R & B charts. For the next 30 years Murphy has continually performed throughout the midwest.

In 1990 Floyd collaborated with his brother Matt "Guitar" Murphy on the CD Way Down South for Antoine's Records in Austin Texas.

Sadly Floyd Murphy suffered a debilitating stroke during the Super Bowl in 2002 just a few  months after his brother Matt "Guitar" Murphy suffered his stroke.

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JUNIOR PARKER AND THE BLUE FLAMES
Memphis, TN June 18, 1953
Junior Parker (vcl); Floyd Murphy (gtr); William Johnson (pno); poss. Kenneth Banks (bs); John Bowers (dms); James Wheeler (sax).

78 RPM - Feelin' Good b/w Fussin' and Fightin'            
Sun Records # 187

RUFUS THOMAS
Memphis, TN June 30, 1953
Rufus Thomas (vcl); James Wheeler (sax); William Johnson (pno); Floyd Murphy (gtr); Kenneth Banks (bs); Houston Stokes (dms).

78 RPM - Tiger Man b/w Save That Money 
Sun Records # 188

JUNIOR PARKER AND THE BLUE FLAMES
Memphis, TN September/October 1953
Junior Parker (vcl); Floyd Murphy (gtr); William Johnson (pno); poss. Kenneth Banks (bs); John Bowers (dms).

78 RPM - Mystery Train b/w Love My Baby                      Sun Records # 192
             Feelin' Bad (unissued at the time)

EDDIE SNOW
Memphis, TN July 19, 1955
Eddie Snow (vcl/pno); Benny Moore (sax); Eddie Davis (sax); Floyd Murphy (gtr); Jeff Greyer (dms).

78 RPM  - Bring Your Love Back Home to Me                 
Sun Records #226
                Ain't That Right (unissued at the time)

BIRDLEGS AND PAULINE
Wisconsin, September 23, 1964
Sidney Banks; Floyd Murphy (gtr); Fred Below (dms); Freddy Patton (org); Billy Duncans (sax); Frank Perry (bs); Julian Beasley (sax); Theotis Morgan (dms); Al Hamilton (gtr); Johnny Elam (org); Hudson (trpt).

LP - Birdlegs                                                               
Cuca Records #K4000

45 RPM - Spring                                                           VeeJay

MATT "GUITAR" MURPHY
Austin, Texas 1990
Matt Murphy (gtr & vcl); Floyd Murphy (gtr); Tony Coleman (drm); Russell Jackson (bs); Derek O'Brian (gtr); Chester King (hrmca); Mel Brown (pno); Eugene Carrier (pno & org); Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff (sax); Angela Strehli and Donna Pearl (bkgd vcls).

CD - Way Down South                                                 Antones Records/Discovery # 74205

GENEVA RED & THE ROADSTERS
Memphis, TN and Chicago, IL 2000
Geneva Red (harmonica/vocals); Floyd Murphy (gtr); Jackie 5 & Dime (gtr); Mark Sorlie (bs); Sam Carr (drms) and Earl Howell (drms).

CD - In The Red      
Full Cyrkle Records # FC333

 

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