Five Facts About Memphis You Might Not Have Known

At Gossett Kia, we know our hometown of Memphis is filled with history, art, tasty food, and just about everything in between. Here are five facts about Memphis you might not have known—even if you’ve been living here your whole life.

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Memphis BBQ

If you’re taking a food tour around the states, you’ll find four types of barbeque, one being Memphis barbeque. Here, ribs are slow-cooked in a pit, then either covered with dry rub or a sweet sauce. There are plenty of great spots to eat in Memphis, but we recommend Leonard’s Pit Barbeque in particular.

 

Namesake

Memphis, Tennessee was named after the old capital of Egypt, which was located along the Nile River. No ancient mummy curses in modern-day Memphis, though—at least we don’t think.

 

Lyrically Speaking

According to The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, there are over 1,000 songs that contain the word “Memphis” in their lyrics. These include hits like “Going Back to Memphis” by Muddy Waters, “Going to Memphis” by Johnny Cash, and The Pixies’ “Letter to Memphis.”

 

“Home of the Blues”

Beale Street was officially recognized by Congress as the “Home of the Blues” in 1977, since it’s hosted blues legends like Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters. Though it’s the home of the blues, it’s awfully tough to have a bad or sad time while walking around Memphis proper.

 

Johnny’s Humble Beginnings

Before his music career took off, Johnny Cash worked in Memphis as a door-to-door appliance salesman. Hey, we all start somewhere—even the Man in Black!

 

Gossett Kia is proud to call Memphis its home, and we’re even prouder to call you our family. If you are looking for a new Kia, stop in and see what we have to offer.