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ThatOne’s AMERICA: Bulldog On Beale St.

In Children's Literacy, English bulldogs, K-12 Education, Music, Road Trip, Thats' Life on February 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Bulldog on Beale St.

Three blocks. Thirty nightclubs. For a music filled night out in Memphis, Beale St. is a must land destination. The Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame is the Hollywood Walk of Fame of the South, only it’s all about rhythm and blues and rock and roll.

110 brass notes are embedded along three short blocks. Here are a couple of  notes I placed my four paws down on:

#57 STAX is an acronym formed from the last names of the record company’s founders Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton. #19 The Memphis Horns were house musicians!

Notable Stars that emerged from Stax were #34 Otis Redding, #50 Sam & Dave and #36 Isaac Hayes.

Hayes began his career as a songwriter and session musician at Stax Records. Hayes and lyricist David Porter soon became a notable singer-songwriting team at Stax, the Black equivalent of Elton John and Bernie Taupin!

Hayes released his first album “Introducing Isaac Hayes” in 1967, but “Hot Buttered Soul” launched him into super stardom 1969. From 1969 to 1975, Hayes released a string of Top Twenty albums, including the Oscar-winning “Theme from ‘Shaft’” 1971.

Isaac Hayes embraced Scientology and enjoyed crossover mainstream success as the voice of “Chef” in Comedy Central’s South Park. Isaac Hayes died August 10, 2008.

In 1972, the Stax label presented a major concert in Los Angeles called Wattstax, which drew an audience of over 100,000 people. Stax, like Motown, was overtaken by changing popular tastes and trends in music and the once venerable music maker went bankrupt 1975. In 2003 Stax reinvented itself as the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Stax Music Academy.

“I Stand Accused” remains to this day, Her all time favorite Isaac Hayes tune.

I never knew there was so much to see and do in Memphis and  was awed by all the rich history. The Lorraine Motel is part of the National Civil Rights Museum At The Lorraine Motel

celebrating 20 years educating the public and preserving the history of the Civil Rights Movement in America.

Memphis, Tennessee is the home of Sun Studios, (now a museum), where Elvis Presley recorded his first song “That’s Alright Mama,” Gibson guitars, Elvis Presley and Graceland, three Fortune 500 companies: FedEx Corporation, AutoZone Incorporated and International Paper. Leading pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s catastrophic diseases, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is also in Memphis. The more I learn, the more I like Memphis. I can’t wait to visit this city again! Four paws! BOL!

Goodwill Energies I direct
Toward each and every one of you
Each and every day!

“And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…”

That’s life today!


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