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2007 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Memphis and Graceland - May 25-26

In 1925, Riley B. King was born in the town of Itta Bena, the "delta" of Mississippi. He later became known as B.B. King, and earned the deserved title of "King of the Blues."
 
B.B. King's Blues Club opened on Beale Street in Memphis in 1991. Even at age 76 (2008), he continues to tour at least 250 places a year!
 
Our sight-seeing began by walking around on famous Beale Street during the day. Between 2nd and 3rd streets, there is a Walk of Fame depicted by musical notes embedded in the sidewalk with the names of blues artists, as seen below for B.B. King.

BB King's Blues Club
BB King's Blues Club

BB King's Sidewalk Note
BB King's Sidewalk Note

Blues Hall on Beale Street
Blues Hall on Beale Street

Rufus Thomas was a rhythm & blues and soul singer, as well as a comedian from Memphis. Rufus ran his own Beale Street amateur show where he discovered B.B. King, Bobby Bland, and Little Junior Parker. He was also a disc jockey at radio station WDIA until 1974. Probably his most recognizable hit was "Walking the Dog" in 1963.
 
In 1998, he underwent open-heart surgery at a Memphis hospital, and died from heart failure December 15, 2001 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Beale St. - Rufus Thomas Blvd Signs
Beale St. - Rufus Thomas Blvd Signs




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