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Beale Street is a street in Memphis, Tennessee and a significant location in African-American history and the history of the blues. Today, the blues clubs and restaurants that line Beale Street are major tourist attractions in Memphis. Festivals and outdoor concerts periodically bring large crowds to the street and its surrounding areas. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... An African American (also Afro-American or Black American) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Shahrukh is a bona vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Tourists at Oahu island, Hawaii Tourism is the act of travel for predominantly recreational or leisure purposes, and also refers to the provision of services in support of this act. ...


Beale Street was created in 1841, to create an alternate road perpendicular to Front Street (then known as Main Street). The original name of the street was Beale Avenue, which was named after a soldier from the Mexican-American War. It primarily housed shops of trade merchants, who traded goods with ships along the Mississippi River. In the 1860s, many black travelling musicians began performing on Beale. The first of these to call Beale Street home were the Young Men's Brass Band, who were formed by Sam Thomas in 1867. In the next 15 years, Beale Street quickly became a black mecca, bringing in African-Americans from throughout the South. 1841 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Combatants United States Mexico Commanders Zachary Taylor Winfield Scott Stephen W. Kearney Antonio López de Santa Anna Mariano Arista Pedro de Ampudia Strength 7,000 - 43,000 18,000 - 40,000 Casualties KIA: 1,733 Total dead: 13,283 Wounded: 4,152 25,000 killed or wounded (Mexican government... The Mississippi River, derived from the old Ojibwe word misi-ziibi meaning great river (gichi-ziibi big river at its headwaters), is the second-longest river in the United States; the longest is the Missouri River, which flows into the Mississippi. ... // The First Transcontinental Railroad in the USA is built in the six year period between 1863 and 1869. ... 1867 (MDCCCLXVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ...


In 1890, Beale Street underwent renovation with the addition of the Grand Opera House, later known as the Orpheum. By 1899, Beale Street caught the eye of Robert Church, the first black millionaire from the south. Soon he paid the city to create Church Park at the corner of 4th and Beale: a recreational and cultural center, where blues musicians could gather. Some of the famous speakers in the Church Park Auditorium were Woodrow Wilson, Booker T. Washington, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924) was the 28th President of the United States. ... Booker T. Washington he was dimb Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856, – November 14, 1915) was an American political leader, educator and author. ... FDR redirects here. ...


In the early 1900s, Beale Street was filled with clubs, restaurants and shops, many of them owned by African-Americans. NAACP co-founder Ida B. Wells was a co-owner and editor of a paper based on Beale. Beale Street Baptist Church was also important in the early civil rights movement in Memphis. In 1909, W.C. Handy wrote "Mr. Crump" as a campaign song for political machine leader E. H. Crump. The song was later renamed "Memphis Blues". Handy also wrote a song called "Beale Street Blues" in 1916 which influenced the change of the street's name from Beale Avenue to Beale Street. From the 1920s to the 1940s, Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Memphis Minnie, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, Rosco Gordon and other blues and jazz legends played on Beale Street and helped develop the style known as Memphis Blues. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ... Ida Wells-Barnett Ida B. Wells, (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931), later known as Ida Wells-Barnett, was an African American civil rights advocate, and led a strong cause against lynching. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... W.C. Handy photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1941 William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 - March 28, 1958) was an African American blues composer, often known as The Father of the Blues. ... In this 1899 cartoon from Puck, all of New York City politics revolves around boss Richard Croker A political machine is an unofficial system of political organization based on patronage, the spoils system, behind-the-scenes control, and longstanding political ties within the structure of a representative democracy. ... Edward Hull Crump (October 2, 1874–October 16, 1954) was a Memphis, Tennessee insurance broker, businessman, and political figure in the early 20th century. ... The Memphis blues is a style of blues music that was created in 1920s and 1930s by Memphis-area musicians like Frank Stokes, Sleepy John Estes, Furry Lewis and Memphis Minnie. ... Beale Street Blues is a 1916 song by American composer and lyricist W.C. Handy. ... Year 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Abbey Road in London A street name or odonym is an identifying name given to a street. ... The 1920s was a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901[1] – July 6, 1971) (also known by the nicknames Satchmo, for satchel-mouth, and Pops) was an American jazz musician. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the father of Chicago blues. ... Albert King performing at the Wattstax Concert, 1972. ... Memphis Minnie McCoy (born June 3, 1897 - died August 6, 1973) was an American Blues musician. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... Rufus 1990 album for Alligator Records, That Woman Is Poison! Rufus Thomas (March 26, 1917 – December 15, 2001) was a rhythm and blues and soul singer from Memphis, Tennessee, who recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Rosco Gordon (April 10, 1928 - July 11, 2002) was an African American blues singer and songwriter. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans at around the start of the 20th century. ... The Memphis blues is a style of blues music that was created in 1920s and 1930s by Memphis-area musicians like Frank Stokes, Sleepy John Estes, Furry Lewis and Memphis Minnie. ...


In the 1960s, Beale became run down and many stores closed, although on May 23, 1966 the section of the street from Main to 4th was declared a National Historic Landmark [1]. On December 15, 1977, Beale Street was officially declared as the "Home of the Blues" by an act of Congress. Despite this national recognition of its historic significance, it was not until the the 1980s that Beale received attention from local lawmakers which led to an economic revitalization, with many new clubs and attractions opening. The street is now home to a chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The late 1980's saw the arival of James Govan, a regular performer at the Rum Boogie Cafe. Sine 1994 he has been performing alongside the Boogie Blues Brothers at the cafe. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... USS Constitution. ... December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Type Bicameralism Houses Senate House of Representatives United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D, since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D, since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups (as of November 7, 2006 elections) Democratic Party Republican... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is known variously as NARAS or The Recording Academy. ... Latest album: Im in Need James Govan is an American R&B soul singer. ...


During the first weekend of May (sometimes including late April), the Beale Street Music Festival brings major music acts from a variety of musical genres to Tom Lee Park at the end of Beale Street on the Mississippi River. The festival is the kickoff event of a month of festivities citywide known as Memphis in May. Memphis in May is a month long festival held in Memphis, Tennessee. ... The Mississippi River, derived from the old Ojibwe word misi-ziibi meaning great river (gichi-ziibi big river at its headwaters), is the second-longest river in the United States; the longest is the Missouri River, which flows into the Mississippi. ... Memphis in May is the premier festival in the Mid-West America for new musicians. ...


Attractions

Beale Street, showing King’s Palace Cafe, Beale St. Tap Room, and Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall.
Beale Street, showing King’s Palace Cafe, Beale St. Tap Room, and Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall.
  • Beale Street Visitors Center (200 Beale)
  • Beale Street Corporate Offices (202, 203 Beale)
  • Hard Rock Cafe (315 Beale)
  • Silky O Sullivan’s (183 Beale)
  • Rum Boogie Café (182 Beale)
  • Alfred's On Beale (197 Beale)
  • B. B. Kings Blues Club (143 Beale)
  • New Daisy Theater (330 Beale)
  • Pat O'Briens (310 Beale)
  • Tater Red’s (153 Beale)
  • Wet Willies (209 Beale)
  • A. Schwab's (163 Beale St)
  • Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall
  • Beale St. Tap Room (168 Beale)
  • People’s Billiard Club (323 Beale)
  • Beale Street Tattoo (333 Beale)
  • Eel Etc. Fashions (333 Beale)
  • Performa Entertainment Real Estate
  • The Black Diamond
  • The Pig (167 Beale)
  • Blues City Cafe & Band Box (138-142 Beale)
  • Psychics of Beale Street (154 Beale)
  • Club 152 (152 Beale)
  • Dyer’s Famous Hamburgers (205 Beale)
  • Strange Cargo (172 Beale)
  • King’s Palace Cafe (162 Beale)
  • Memphis Music (149 Beale)
  • Alley Cats (156 Beale)
  • Willis Gallery (156 Beale)
  • Memphis Rock N Soul Museum (191 Beale)
  • Blues Hall Coffee Shop
  • Coyote Ugly (326 Beale)

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 430 KB) Stores and clubs on Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 430 KB) Stores and clubs on Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee. ... Hard Rock Cafe is a chain of casual dining restaurants. ... Poster featuring James Govan live at the Rum Boogie Café The Rum Boogie Café is located on 182 Beale Street in South Memphis and has been central to the development of soul and blues music since the 1980s. ... A. Schwabs store A. Schwabs is the only remaining original business on Beale Street. ...

Trivia

  • The body of singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley was found at the foot of Beale Street after he drowned in a nearby tributary.

Jeff Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), born Jeffrey Scott Buckley and raised as Scotty Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...

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While not really on Beale Street, Peabody Place is only one block off Beale and is sure to become as much a part of the Memphis downtown as Beale Street already is.
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