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Sandy Carroll


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Returning to her Memphis roots in 1983, blues musician Sandy Carroll spent a year headlining at Lafayette’s Corner, following several years of performing in other parts of the country, Lafayette’s Corner which was situated on historic Beale Street, where Memphis blues was born.

Writing and recording the singles, “If You Got It” and “Memphis In May” in 1984, Sandy partnered with Jim Dickinson, NARA Memphis chapter’s seven-time producer of the year. “Memphis In May” became a regional hit and the unofficial theme song for the Memphis In May annual festivities. Sandy performed at the Memphis In May Festival with the Memphis Horns (and special guest Rufus Thomas) and also at the Beale Street Music Festival. She sang the national anthem and “Memphis In May” in front of 30,000 people at the Memphis Showboats football game.

A year later, Sandy left for San Francisco to write and record. After three years on the west coast and short stay in the Midwest, she returned home to Memphis.

In 1989, Albert King recorded Sandy’s, “If You Got It,” which appeared on his final studio album, “Red House”.

She then starting writing songs for her own full-length debut album, “Southern Woman,” released in 1993. Following the album’s release, Sandy was invited on a month-long tour of United Kingdom.

Back in the states, Sandy continued promoting “Southern Woman,” performing at various festivals in the South, including Arts in the Park, Eureka Springs Blues Festival and Southern Heritage Festival. She maintained a heavy schedule on Beale Street playing in clubs such as Rum Boogie, Blues City, Black Diamond, Joyce Cobbs, Kings Palace and Blues Hall.

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