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Hardly a day goes by that someone doesn't say "I got my first instrument at Amro."  Many can remember the day as clearly as yesterday, and often remember who helped them.  Getting a musical instrument is a memorable event—something that often changes lives. 

Local sax great Lannie McMillan, said, "Can you imagine all the great musicians Amro has helped start?  It's impossible to imagine what Memphis music would be without Amro Music's influence."

We can't recall all the famous musicians we've helped through the years—some were just beginning in their music, not yet famous.  But here are a few we remember (not always with a first instrument, but somehow in their musical endeavors):

 Elvis Presley  B B King  Jerry Lee Lewis  Alex Chilton
 Charlie Rich  Johnny Cash  Carl Perkins  John Mayer
 Roy Orbison  Albert King  Little Milton  Larry Raspberry
 Ray Charles  Isaac Hayes  Steve Cropper  Otis Redding
 Donald "Duck" Dunn Al Green Jimi Jamison  Phineas Newborn Jr
 McCoy Tyner  Chick Corea  Branford Marsalis  Wynton Marsalis
 Joey DeFrancesco  Herbie Hancock  Les McCann  George Coleman
 Marvin Stamm  James Williams  Mulgrew Miller  Donald Brown
 Harold Mabern  Calvin Newborn  Herb Ellis  Diana Krall
 Kevin Eubanks  Art Farmer  Sonny Rollins  Dennis Quaid
 Dr. John  Billy Joel  Barry Manilow  Elton John
 Prince  Steve Winwood  Sam Phillips  Chips Moman
 Wayne Jackson  Andrew Love  Charlie Musselwhite  Champion Jack Dupree
 Ace Cannon  Boots Randolph  Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown  Dave Brubeck
 Ramsey Lewis  Stevie Ray Vaughn  Kallen Esperian  Emanuel Ax
 Leon Bates  Garrick Ohlsson  The Bar-Kays  Jim Croce
 Andre Watts  Andre-Michel Schub  Jon Nakamatsu  Ralph Votapek
 Randy Newman  Arturo Sandoval  Spyro Gyra  Charlie Thomas
Yakov Kasman  Diane Bish  Michael Stairs  Tom Hazleton
 Alexei Sultanov  Carole King  Stevie Wonder  Ronnie Milsap
 Sam "the Sham" Zamudio  Itzhak Perlman  Sylvia Kersenbaum  Floyd Cramer
 Dixie Carter  Cybill Shepherd  Italian Piano Quartet  Morgan Freeman
 Fabulous Thunderbirds  Boz Scaggs  Kentucky HeadHunters  Michael McDonald
 Earl Wild  Roger Williams  Rudolf Serkin  Artur Rubinstein
 Alicia de Larrocha  Leon Fleisher  Van Cliburn  Liberace
 Captain and Tennille  Tony Orlando and Dawn  Ray Brown  Dianne Reeves
 Ahmad Jamal  Steve Allen  Chuck Mangione  The Allman Brothers Band
 ZZ Top  Rufus Thomas  Carla Thomas  Junior Wells
 A J Croce  Jim Brickman  Dr. Billy Taylor  Tony Bennett
 Tony Joe White  The Box Tops  John Kilzer  Jefferson Starship
 Kirk Whalum  Dr. Herman Green  Ruth Laredo  Jason D Williams
 Willie Nelson  Hank Williams Jr  Nielson & Young  Nancy Wilson
 Loggins & Messina  Conway Twitty  Maynard Ferguson  Wilson Pickett
 Willie Mitchell  Benny Hinn  Koko Taylor  Willie Lomax
 Paul Simon  Robert "Honeymoon" Garner  Furry Lewis  Fred Ford
 Levon Helm  Anita Baker  Ben Folds  Joshua Bell
 Diane Schuur  Amy Grant  George Winston  Doobie Brothers
 Steve Tyrell  Aaron Neville  Booker T & the MG's  David Porter
 Kenny Loggins  Keith Sykes  Lynyrd Skynyrd  
       
 
 

Receipt to Elvis Presley  | Amro Music, Memphis

Elvis Presley

Elvis bought a Gibson SG Guitar, a used Epiphone amp, two guitar chord books, and a guitar chord chart from Amro in 1967.  I wonder what chords he got from the books.

He also borrowed Amro's Steinway concert grand piano to record several "Live at Graceland" albums.  You can still hear it today in the great recordings he left us.


John Mayer

During a 2004 tour, John purchased an alto saxophone at Amro

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 Maybe you've heard it in his songs.

 





 

Ben Folds

The singer/songwriter/pianist purchased a Steinway piano in 2007.

 


But perhaps the most famous musicians of all will be the customers who are shopping at Amro today. We're pulling for them.