Sounds Logo History
The Memphis Sounds logo has been a part of the city’s identity for over four decades. The original design was created in 1974 by local artist Bill Simonson, who wanted to capture the spirit and energy of the city at that time. He chose to use a basketball as his central image, with two blue stars representing Memphis and Tennessee, respectively. Over time, this iconic logo has become synonymous with not only professional basketball but also with music from all genres associated with Memphis - from blues to soulful rock ‘n roll.
In 2008, there was an effort made by local business owners to update and modernize the classic design while still maintaining its core elements: namely those two blue stars which have come so closely linked together in people’s minds when they think about both sports teams or musical acts coming out of this great city. They decided on adding more colors such as red and yellow into what is now known as The New Look; it features several vibrant shades alongside an updated font style which gives off a more contemporary feel than before while still keeping true to its roots within traditional Americana designs – something that can be seen even today throughout many aspects related directly or indirectly towards Memphians culture.
Today you will find variations of this new look across various products sold around town including shirts, hats, mugs, etc., however, it remains most commonly used when referring to any type of sporting event involving either one or both teams playing under The Grizzlies' name (the NBA team); likewise whenever someone wants reference anything musically connected then too they often default back onto using same imagery we described earlier due its strong connection between them. In conclusion, whether you are talking about sports or music one thing is certain: no matter where your interests may lie then chances are good enough if there's some kind of connection towards what makes up our beloved hometown then surely somewhere nearby you'll see proudly displayed their signature emblem -- otherwise known simply enough just 'Memphis Sounds!'
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1974 - 1975
The letter “S” shaped into a music note on a red circle background with a scripted wordmark below in white with red trim “Memphis Sounds.”
1974 - 1975
A triplet note inside a red circle.
1974 - 1975
Wordmark “Memphis Sounds” in red with a custom 60’s font.Font: Custom