Memphis, Tennessee (Express) • London 2015 Artist - TAG. Installed May 2015

Memphis, Tennessee
Written by Chuck Berry 1963.
This song is often shortened to "Memphis"
Recorded on 12 January 1964 by Elvis Presley at the RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee. 
Released on the Elvis for Everyone! album in 1965

Long distance information, give me Memphis Tennessee
Help me find the party trying to get in touch with me
She could not leave her number, but I know who placed the call
'Cause my uncle took the message and he wrote it on the wall

Help me, information, get in touch with my Marie
She's the only one who'd phone me here from Memphis Tennessee
Her home is on the south side, high up on a ridge
Just a half a mile from the Mississippi Bridge

Help me, information, more than that I cannot add
Only that I miss her and all the fun we had
But we were pulled apart because her mom did not agree
And tore apart our happy home in Memphis Tennessee

Last time I saw Marie she's waving me good-bye
With hurry home drops on her cheek that trickled from her eye
Marie is only six years old, information please
Try to put me through to her in Memphis Tennessee

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And for an authentic, epicurean appreciation of Tennesseean gastronomy…

Elvis Presley's Fried Chicken Recipe
(courtesy of Charlie Ayers, former Executive Chef for Google, who once worked alongside a former cook for Elvis Presley, at the Waldorf Astoria)
1/2 c thyme
1/4 c oregano
1/4 c basil
1/2 c onion powder
1/2 c garlic powder
1/2 c dry mustard
1/2 c paprika
1/4 c chili powder
1/2 c celery seed
2 Tbsp salt
1/2 c coriander
1/2 c cumin
1/3 c kosher salt
1/4 c cayenne pepper
1/2 c ground black pepper
1/4 c ground white pepper

3 gals. buttermilk
3 cases organic free range chicken (roughly 30 chickens, divided into 1.5- to 2-lb. sections)

Mix these amounts of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then whisk in the buttermilk until it's thoroughly mixed.

Pour the batter over the chickens and marinate for up to five days - keep refrigerated, of course.

For frying
Now mix another 4x the above dry ingredients, and add:
2 lbs. cornstarch
8 qts. all-purpose organic whole wheat flour

Dredge the marinated chicken pieces in the dry herbs/flour/cornstarch mixture mix.
Fry the dredged chicken in a large skillet with hot peanut oil @ 375 degrees. Once chicken has reached a golden brown colour, finish cooking it in the oven.

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TAG would like to thank the Proprietor of Tennessee Express, Turnpike Lane, for the kind donation of their wall.

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Artwork created by James Straffon
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