Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Beale Street Saturday Night

A followup to yesterday’s James Luther Dickinson post:

In 1978, Dickinson produced a musical tour/history of Beale Street for the Memphis Development Foundation. Beale Street was not yet the tourist destination that it is now. This album was part of the plan to revitalize the street. It worked.

The record is entertaining but it’s not something you’ll want to listen to every day. Some of the performers on the record are Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes, Grandma Dixie Davis, Sid Selvidge, Ry Cooder, Prince Gabe, Mudboy & The Neutrons and Thomas Pinkston. There is someone named Alex but it’s not the one you think it is, I understand that this Alex was a Memphis street musician.

My wife & I got this record at the Southern Folklore Center in Memphis almost 20 years ago. In 2003, the center release a completely different CD called BEALE STREET SATURDAY NIGHT by a singer named Joyce Cobb. I guess the Dickinson version isn’t available anymore.


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