Named after an unknown military hero init acted as General Ulysses S. Grant's headquarters during the Civil War. But, Beale Street's heyday was in the 's, when the area took on a carnival atmosphere and gambling, drinking, prostitution, murder and voodoo thrived alongside the booming nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, stores, pawnshops and hot music. In the early evenings, boxback suits and Stetson hats mingled with overalls.
Young ladies began to sashay around and inside the bars, gamblers waited for an easy mark from the country to come strolling in, bug-eyed at the ways of the big city. If the mark escaped from the dice or the cards, maybe the rube would fall victim to Little Ora, who was always ready to prove her reputation as the best pickpocket between New Orleans and St.
Or maybe he'd just stop over at PeeWee's and visit with the musicians, or play a little pool, or secure the voodoo protection of Mary the Wonder. By mid-evening, the Furry Sings The Blues - Joni Mitchell - Shadows And Light would be packed and a one-block walk could take forever, Furry Sings The Blues - Joni Mitchell - Shadows And Light if he had to detour around the medicine show set up in the little hole in the wall, or if he stopped and listened to the wandering bluesman playing for pennies and nickels.
There was the sight of Machine Gun Kelly peddling bottled whiskey from a clothes basket back before he moved into the ranks of big-time crime.
There were numerous gamblers setting a box next to the card table and sliding a share of the take into it for the church down the street. Good or bad - Beale Street created some memories. The redevelopment of Beale Street is considered a catalyst in downtown Memphis' rebirth. In the late 's the City of Memphis bought nearly all of the properties along three blocks of Beale Street, and the Beale Street Management Corporation was formed with the charge of creating an entertainment district.
InJohn Elkington and his company became involved in the redevelopment of Beale Street. Their primary responsibility was to focus on the marketing, leasing and property management of Beale Street in addition to developing the entertainment theme through the selection of tenants.
Inthe first club reopened on Beale, and one by one, clubs and businesses moved into renovated spaces, producing the most vibrant streetscape and activity center in downtown Memphis and the Mid-South. What was once all vacant property has turned into one of the hottest entertainment districts in the country.
Over the past 20 years, the street has gone from the epitome of urban decay to the number one tourist attraction in the State of Tennessee. In the first years of the century W. Handy was noting blues verses in Memphis and gave the name of the city to his first published blues in One of the reasons for the rapid growth of Save The Moment - Fancy - Gold blues in Memphis was the importance of the river port as a traditional center of entertainment.
It was here that the proprietors of the "doctor shows" and the "tent shows" gathered talent before going out on the road. Intending musicians gathered in the saloons of Beale Street, hoping to be heard by the talent scouts and to be engaged for a season in the traveling companies. These shows employed singers and musicians of all kinds, and liked "variety men" who could draw upon a wide range of musical forms to entertain the crowds.
When the blues began to be heard the guitarists and singers were quick to adopt the new style; fresh tunes appealed as much as the old and familiar traditional ones, to the country folk down in Mississippi and Arkansas. One of the most experienced of the medicine show and tent show entertainers was Walter "Furry" Lewis. He had an advantage over some of the musicians who came in from the country: he actually lived in Memphis. He'd been brought from Greenwood, Mississippi when he was six years old, into Memphis, and forty-odd years later he was still living there.
As a youth he left home, hoboed into the country and up north to Illinois. But his rambling life was brought to an abrupt end when he lost a leg in a railroad accident. He got around on a wooden leg very well but Celestial Warrior - Gormathon - Celestial Warrior freight trains with this incapacity was too dangerous; instead, he took up playing guitar, and was soon adept enough to work on the shows.
When "Doctor" Willie Lewis took a party of blues and ballad singers into the Mississippi countryside to sell his "Jack Rabbit Salve", Furry was with him. They played ballads, popular songs, and of course the blues.
For more than a decade Furry Lewis worked on the medicine shows and it is hardly surprising that these years had a lasting effect upon his music.
When, MarioMoS - Resurge years after his accident, he was recorded for the Victor Company, he sang both blues and ballads. This catholicity has always been characteristic of him, but the recording men preferred him to sing blues in the manner of the day.
For this reason perhaps, they did not call upon him to record again after and for thirty years nothing more was heard about Furry Lewis, except in the shabby roads of the Negro sector of Memphis where the children Dignity (Extended Version) - Deacon Blue - Dignity occasionally to hear him play.
During the thirties and forties, Furry made a meager living but at any rate, kept his independence. He had taken a job as a garage hand at the time that he recorded, but soon after had to settle as a cleaner and laborer in the City of Memphis Department of Streets. It wasn't easy for him.
From time to time he played guitar at the houses of friends, and so it continued until eventually the revival of interest in blues at last caught up with him, and gave the outside world a chance to hear one of the great Memphis musicians. Half a century after he first started playing music Furry Lewis was a featured artist at the Memphis Blues Convention, clowning and fooling gently as he always had.
In spite of Sleep For Daze - Nobody - One For All Without Hesitation long passage of time he was still playing and singing the themes of his medicine show years, and so his recordings Furry Sings The Blues - Joni Mitchell - Shadows And Light a valuable document of a colorful era.
His last girl put carbolic acid in his coffee, turpentine in his tea and strychnine in his biscuits, but he pulled through. Maybe things weren't as bad as that between that version and this one, but they were tough enough for Furry.
It's our great fortune that he did pull through and that he can still entertain us with the music of an old-time medicine show man. Walter "Furry" Lewis was born March and died September 14, Aside from appearing in a Burt Reynolds movie, "W.
To visit his grave site, paid for by fans, by going South on Elvis Presley from Downtown Memphis, turn left on Hernando Avenue, and the grave site is located in the third cemetary at Hernando. Furrys' guitar can be seen at Capitol Loans on Poplar Avenue. He grew up in a log cabin that his grandfather had built on what is now called College Street.
As a young child, he displayed a keen interest in music and his intuitive ear could catalog the musical notes of songbirds, the whistles from nearby river boats, and even the rhythms of the Tennessee River. However, musical talent, especially the playing of musical instruments, was frowned upon by his family and church. Despite Handy's lack of encouragement, he longed to own a guitar that he had seen in a local shop window and he secretly saved the money he made by picking berries and nuts and making lye soap.
When he had finally saved enough money to buy the guitar, he proudly brought Ajoyio - Ebenezer Obey And His International Brothers* - On The Town home to his shocked and dismayed family. Handy's father made him take the guitar back and exchange it for a dictionary.
Handy joined a local blues band as a teenager, but he kept this fact secret from his parents. He purchased a cornet from a fellow bandmember and spent every free minute practicing it. An exceptional student in school, he placed near the top of his class. In September ofHandy traveled to Birmingham to take a teaching exam, which he passed easily.
He obtained a teaching job in Birmingham but soon learned that the teaching profession paid poorly. He quit the position and found work at a pipe works plant in nearby Bessemer. During his off-time, he organized a small string orchestra and taught musicians how to read notes. He formed a quartet called the "Lauzetta Quartet". When the group read about the upcoming World's Fair in Chicago, they decided to attend. The trip to Chicago was long and arduous.
To pay their way, group members performed at odd jobs along the way. When they finally arrived in Chicago, the quartet learned that the World's Fair had been postponed for a year. The group headed to St.
Louis, but working conditions there proved to be very bad. The Laurzetta Quartet disbanded and Handy subsequently left St. Louis for Evansville, Indiana. In Evansville, Handy's luck changed dramatically. He joined a successful band which performed throughout the neighboring cities and states. While performing at a barbecue in Henderson, Kentucky, he met Elizabeth Price, and they married shortly afterwards on July 19, Handy received a letter from a musician Furry Sings The Blues - Joni Mitchell - Shadows And Light in August Furry Sings The Blues - Joni Mitchell - Shadows And Light inviting him to join a minstrel group called "Mahara's Minstrels.
The three-year minstrel tour took them throughout the southwestern states of Texas and Oklahoma, across the Southeast through Tennessee and Georgia, and south to Florida and eventually to Cuba. Life on the road Teardrops On My Guitar Video Behind The Scenes - Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift not an easy way to make a living, and Furry Sings The Blues - Joni Mitchell - Shadows And Light especially grew weary of it.
Following their return from Cuba, the group headed north again, stopping along the way for a performance in Huntsville, Alabama. Handy decided to stay in Florence with his family for a much needed rest. While in Florence, Elizabeth gave birth to the first of six children a daughter named Lucille on June 29, in Florence. During this time, Handy was approached by W. The university was the only black college in the state of Alabama at the time. Handy accepted the offer and became a faculty member in September of that year.
He was soon disheartened to discover that American music was often cast aside by the college that instead emphasized inferior foreign music considered to be "classical".
It also became apparent that Handy Furry Sings The Blues - Joni Mitchell - Shadows And Light being underpaid, he could make much more money touring with the a minstrel group. After a dispute with President Councill, Handy resigned his position and rejoined the Mahara Minstrels to tour states in the Mid-west and Pacific Northwest. Inhe received an offer to direct a black band called the Knights of Pythias in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
This job proved to be very rewarding, and Handy remained there for six years. InHandy and his band moved to Memphis, Tennessee where they established their headquarters on the famous Beale Street. Handy's years of observing the reactions of white people to native black music as well as his own observances of the music, habits and attitudes of his race, began to affect his music sparking the beginnings of what would later be called "the blues.
Crump, a Memphis candidate for mayor who was running on a reform platform. The song, "Mr. Crump," was later titled "Memphis Blues" and became very popular. Louis Blues. He opened his own publishing business and worked steadily throughout the 's and 's despite problems with his vision.
His eyes had been sensitive since childhood and the heavy demands of his career took S.U.N. Project - Sun Project Works EP toll on his vision. Inhe lost his balance and fell from a subway station which caused him to go totally blind.
In addition to composing, Handy worked laboriously at compiling blues tunes which he published in a book called Blues: An Anthology in
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