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Elmo and the Shades

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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 Loveland 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!

Read this great Memphis Flyer article about Elmo & the Shades.

"We really loved Elmo & the Shades. They were fun and fit perfectly with the theme of our gala, which was all about Memphis. People were dancing right up until the band ended. A pleasure to work with!" -- Patti Weiss, Temple Israel

"Elmo & the Shades were amazing! The music was fantastic, and the performers were personable and responsive to our needs. They had the whole group rocking on the dance floor." -- Michael Constantino, NASPR Conference

"Elmo & the Shades features musicians who changed the way we listen to music and buy records." -- Memphis Flyer

"Just want to let you know Elmo & the Shades did a great job for our Convention! In fact, for those looking to give out-of-towners a good flavor of Memphis music, I don’t think there's anyone better." -- Tommy Ashker

"I would like to thank REG and Elmo & the Shades for a delightful event at our daughter’s wedding reception. You and your team are very professional and courteous, and we felt very well taken care of from the beginning to the end. Elmo & the Shades were great. We enjoyed their performance very much." -- Ricky Varela

"Elmo & the Shades performed at my wedding in Mississippi. The band was professional, lively, and really knew how to work a crowd. Great variety of music for young and old alike. Highly recommended for anyone looking to book a wedding band. REG was extremely helpful in assisting us in finding a band on fairly short notice. I'd recommend their services to anyone. Extremely professional and responsive." -- Cameron Massey

"Elmo & the Shades really hit the sweet spot for this group; most stayed through both sets. I would not hesitate to book them again if I am in the area." -- John Lateulere, IMS Solutions

"Elmo & the Shades were tremendous! We danced all night and had the best time with them! Everyone commented on how great the band was, and we were so pleased!" -- Kellie Bell Graddy, bride

"A good band really does make or break a party, and Elmo & the Shades certainly was a key player in making the night absolutely memorable. The dance floor was filled with people who never dance! Please let Elmo & the Shades know that we loved them." -- Kim Kremer

"Elmo & the Shades played a terrific mix of music and had our crowd dancing on the patio." -- Susan Johnson, The Dixon Gallery & Gardens

"When Elmo & the Shades finished playing Saturday night, everybody proclaimed it was the best party we had ever had. Please tell Elmo & the Shades that Integra is their biggest fan club." -- J. Walter Allen, Integra Realty Resources

"We absolutely loved Elmo & the Shades. They were great! We had a great time dancing and enjoying their amazing talent." -- Sandy P., mother of the bride

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Has Sample Audio I'd Pay Good Money to Forget You
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Has Sample Audio Want You Blues
Has Sample Audio Why Say No
Has Sample Audio Blue Memphis
Has Sample Audio I Feel Pretty Good
Has Sample Audio Big Legged Woman
Has Sample Audio Son of a Preacher Man (Trixie)
Has Sample Audio At Last (Trixie)
Song List
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....!

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