Motel 6 Memphis Downtown
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Visited Graceland and the American civil rights museum, which includes the Lorraine hotel where Martin Luther King was shot dead.
On the 1st April we charged up to Memphis for a ride on a Mark Twain style riverboat cruise of the Mississippi. It was fun. We then had dinner with Tara's (from Seattle) brother and his family. They served us up some awesome Tennessee BBQ –no this is not the outdoor version, but pulled pork and slaw with lashings of sauce. They had kindly arranged for us to stay with a friend, which meant we had separate bedrooms, clean fluffy towels and he even did a ...
... over to work the cotton plantations. But more than that, it is all about how the blues music developed out of the 200 yrs of slavery. Because they brought their African rhythms but weren't allowed to sing and dance them, they had to become Catholic. This in turn brought about gospel, and later on rhythm and blues, and soul. Rap has developed out of all this too...telling the stories of ...
... Sam Phillips, didn’t like Elvis as an artist, and it took a year before Elvis convinced him to give a recording contract! Jerry Lee Lewis started out at Sun Studios as a session pianist playing on other peoples’ records, before writing “Great Balls of Fire” and shooting to stardom! The recording studio is tiny, with a lot of the original instruments and equipment still in there. It is hard to believe that each song was recorded as a whole, and not ...
... the history and tradition surrounding the Peabody Hotel and its ducks. He then goes up the escalators and at precisely 11:00am sharp, the elevator doors open up and there are the 5 ducks who waddle out along the red carpet and into the pond, followed by the Duck Master. Although he doesn't follow them into the pond. These ducks then play there until 5:00pm everyday at which point they are marched back to ...