Various Artists

Memphis Development Foundation Presents Beale Street Saturday Night

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original, features Sid Selvidge, Sleepy John Estes, Furry Lewis, Teenie Hodges—recorded at Ardent Studios, Orpheum Theater and even artists’ homes. Proceeds donated to the Beale Street Caravan radio program. When Memphis’ Beale Street—a hub of music and activity since the 1860s—was being plowed under for “urban renewal” in 1976, James Luther (Jim) Dickinson and Alex Chilton decided to not only celebrate the legacy of great Memphis music, but make the mythic street back into the place where both the blues and rock ’n’ roll originated.
A cadre of Memphis musicians, photographers, artists, thespians, and “appropriate weirdos” gathered under Dickinson’s direction to record the heart of Beale Street, past and present. From blues legends Furry Lewis and Sleepy John Estes to singer-songwriter Sid Selvidge and Dickinson’s own Mud Boy & The Neutrons, Beale Street Saturday Night is an unparalleled audio trip through Memphis music history.
Recorded in places varying from artists’ homes, to Ardent Studios, to the Orpheum Theatre, Beale Street Saturday Night was created as a fundraiser for the Memphis Development Foundation to help restore Beale Street’s legendary Orpheum Theater.

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