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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
 Gatemouth Brown
 Dave Brubeck
 Ramsey Lewis
 Stevie Ray Vaughn
 Kallen Esperian
 Emmanuel Ax
 Leon Bates
 Garrick Ohlsson
 The Barkays
 Jim Croce
 Andre Watts
 Andre Michel Schub
 Jon Nakamatsu
 Ralph Votapek
 Randy Newman
 Arturo Sandoval
 Spyro Gyra
 Charles Thomas
 Itzak Kasman
 Diane Bish
 Michael Stairs
 Tom Hazleton
 Alexei Sultanov
 Carol King
 Stevie Wonder
 Ronnie Milsap
 Sam the Sham Zamudio
 Itzhak Perlman
 Sylvia Kersenbaum
 Floyd Cramer
 Dixie Carter
 Cybil Shepard
 Italian Piano Quartet
 Morgan Freeman
 Fabulous Thunderbirds
 Boz Skaggs
 Kentucky Headhunters
 Michael McDonald
 Earl Wild
 Roger Williams
 Rudolf Serkin
 Artur Rubinstein
 Alicia De Larrocha
 Leon Fleisher
 Van Cliburn
 Liberace
 Captain and Tenille
 Tony Orlando and Dawn
 Ray Brown
 Diane Reeves
 Ahmad Jamal
 Steve Allen
 Chuck Mangione
 Allman Brothers
 ZZ Top
 Rufus Thomas
 Carla Thomas
 Junior Wells
 A J Croce
 Jim Brickman
 Dr. Billy Taylor
 Tony Bennett
 Tony Joe White
 Box Tops
 John Kilzer
 Jefferson Starship
 Kirk Whalum
 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
 Bennie Hinn
 Koko Taylor
 Willie Lomax
 Paul Simon
 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 MGs
 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.