Americas Best Value Inn & Suites - Memphis East
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... by Sam Phillips and site of many early recordings by the likes of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley, among many others. It is still an active recording studio, but they also give tours during the day. We had a most animated young man as our guide, who made those early days come alive again through artifacts and music. Hokie Gnome (pronounced ga-NO-me, by the way) got to hang out with the King briefly.
We drove to ...
... 8220;Blue Rose”, a country song. Realizing he needed better recording equipment, Stewart approached his
sister Estelle Axton for help and she mortgaged her house to buy the equipment. That same year, Axtell refinanced her home again to fund the studios move to an old movie theater on
McLemore Avenue and thus Stax Records ( a combination of Stewart and Axton). ...
... of MLK's assassination.
For the first time in a decade, I went to church on Sunday. Not just any church, we went to Bishop Al Green's Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis! What a treat! While I wasn't exactlysaved, I thoroughly enjoyed the service, after all, Al Green was singing! I got so excited that I stood up with a handful of others and was clapping along, when Al Green said "Sit Down. We'll get down later."
... the hotel roof. After a quick freshen up we went straight out to Beale Street to explore and eat (of course). For dinner we found ourselves at Kings Palace for some award winning Gumbo. The palace platter for two included ribs, brisket, gumbo, catfish and cornbread and it was all insanely delicious southern style food. We were 'forced' to try their choc chip gingerbread pudding too...I had actually lost weight on our holiday ...
... interior decorating.
The house was home to Elvis, his then wife, of course his daughter and his Mum, Dad and Grandmother. I was not aware that Elvis was so generous. Not only towards his family, but to others. There is one display, which shows numerous amounts of cheques written and signed by Elvis to charities.
The tour was made more interesting in that each of us had a headset with audio information that was sequenced with ...