Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Press Play: A Tribute to John Fry and John Hampton

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM

click to enlarge John Fry and John Hampton.
  • John Fry and John Hampton.

The Levitt Shell's summer concert season starts tomorrow night with a tribute show honoring John Fry and John Hampton. Ken Stringfellow, Jon Auer, Jody Stephens and guests will be playing classic Big Star songs, and Tora Tora and Gin Blossoms will also be performing. Fry and Hampton worked on some of the biggest albums recorded in Memphis over the last few decades, and both passed away last December.
As the founder of Ardent Studios, Fry created a hub for artists ranging from Bob Dylan to B.B. King to create some of their most memorable work. Fry joined the music business at the young age of 14 when he decided to operate a radio station in his bedroom, and later would go on to produce three albums for Big Star. John Hampton was also a hit-maker at Ardent Studios, and worked with the Gin Blossoms and Tora Tora, in addition to winning two grammy awards for his work with Jimmy Vaughn and The White Stripes. The show is free and all ages, so get to the Shell early tomorrow evening to honor two legends of Memphis music.

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