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About Elmo & the Shades

Featuring some of Memphis' most legendary musicians, Elmo & the Shades will turn any event into a rollicking, classic, rhythm-and-blues party!

Lead singer Elmo Lee Thomas, the big man with the big voice, will take you on a musical tour of the best blues, R&B, and funk favorites of the last 50 years. Elmo's renowned band mates include guys who have played on Stax, Hi, and Sun recordings and have performed in bands with James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, The Bar-Kays, George Clinton, Otis Redding, Al Green, and many, many more. As the Memphis Flyer wrote, "This band has a musical pedigree that will blow your mind."

And when your event needs a little extra sizzle, Elmo can enlist several outstanding female singers, including Vicki LovelandDeborah Swiney, and others.

With Elmo & the Shades, you'll get a group of entertainment professionals whose reputations and versatility are unmatched in Memphis. They can play soft jazz during dinner and then turn up the heat for all-night dancing to party classics. More than just another tribute to Memphis music, these are the guys who actually created Memphis music — and it's one of the tightest, funkiest, and most crowd-pleasing groups you'll ever hear!


Song List Highlights


Knock on Wood (Eddie Floyd)
Brickhouse (The Commodores)
Walkin' the Dog (Rufus Thomas)
Blue Suede Shoes (Elvis Presley)
Play that Funky Music White Boy (Wild Cherry)
Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett)
Brown-Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
Suzy Q (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
It's All Right (J.J. Jackson)
Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
You Can Leave Your Hat On (Joe Cocker)
Shotgun (Jr. Walker & the All-Stars)
Pink Cadillac (Bruce Springsteen)
Shake Your Body Down to the Ground (Michael Jackson)
Come and Get Your Love (Redbone)
Take Me to the River (Al Green)
Lucille (Little Richard)
Soul Man (Sam & Dave)
Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett)
Old Time Rock-n-Roll (Bob Segar)
The Twist (Chubby Checker)
It's Your Thing (The Isley Brothers)
I Shot the Sheriff (Bob Marley/Eric Clapton)
I Feel Good (James Brown)
Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
Skin Tight (The Ohio Players)
Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
Shout (The Isley Brothers)
Little Sister (Elvis Presley)
Superstitious (Stevie Wonder)
There was a Time (James Brown)
Sissy Strut (The Meters)
Whole Lotta Shakin' (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Twist and Shout (The Beatles)
Route 66 (Bobby Troupe)
Woodchoppers Ball (Woody Herman)
Green Onions (Booker T. & M.G.'s)
Blueswalk (Duke Ellington)
Give Me One Reason (Tracy Chapman)
Get Down Tonight (K.C. & Sunshine Band)
Honky Tonk (Bill Doggett)
Love the One You're With (CSN&Y)
Bare Footin' (Jr. Parker)
Flip, Flop & Fly (Big Joe Turner)
Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison)
Change My Mind (Tyrone Davis)
Funky Broadway (Wilson Pickett)
Cold Shot (Stevie Ray Vaughn)
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (James Brown)
Mean Woman Blues (Roy Orbison)
It's All Over Now (The Rolling Stones)
Low Rider (War)
Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke)
Louie Louie (The Kingsmen)
Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)
Evil Ways (Carlos Santana)
Reelin' & Rockin' (Chuck Berry)
Wrap It Up (Sam & Dave)
What Does It Take (Jr. Walker)
Wipe Out (The Surfari's)
Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield)
Clean Up Woman (Betty Wright)
Dr. Feelgood (Aretha Franklin)

Your Precious Love (The Impressions)
Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
You are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker)
When a Man Loves a Woman (Percy Sledge)
I Can't Help Falling in Love with You (Elvis Presley)
Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison)
When Something Is Wrong with My Baby (Sam & Dave)
Daddy's Home (Shep & The Limelights)
Let's Straighten It Out (Lattimore)
Misty (Earl Garner)
My Girl (The Temptations)
A Thousand Miles Away (Shep and the Limelights)
Just My Imagination (The Temptations)
You Send Me (Sam Cooke)
Blueberry Hill (Fats Domino)
Tennessee Waltz (Patti Page)
Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers)
Gee Whiz (Carla Thomas)
B-A-B-Y (Carla Thomas)
Crazy (Patsy Cline)
At Last (Etta James)

Girl From Ipanema
Satin Doll
Coming Home
Mr. Magic
Hernando's Hideaway

and many more....!