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Pee Wee Saloon

(P. Wee Saloon)

 
 
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By R. E. Smith, March 19, 2008
1. Pee Wee Saloon Marker
Inscription. Pee Wee's Saloon was the favorite meeting spot for Memphis musicians in the early 20th century. W.C. Handy used the cigar counter to write out copies of the Beale Street Blues for his band members. One of those songs, written for the 1909 political campaign was first named "Mr. Crump," for the Memphis mayor and political boss. Later with new lyrics it became famous as "The Memphis Blues."
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 83.)
 
Location. 35° 8.362′ N, 90° 3.054′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Beale Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ida B. Wells (a few steps from this marker); Rufus Thomas, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Nat D. Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Beale Street Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Hooks Brothers Photography (about 500 feet away,
Pee Wee Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, March 19, 2008
2. Pee Wee Saloon Marker
measured in a direct line); The Blues Trail From Mississippi to Memphis (about 500 feet away); The Memphis Home of W.C. Handy (about 600 feet away); Solvent Savings Bank (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
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Pee Wee Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, July 27, 2009
3. Pee Wee Saloon Marker
View in front of Hard Rock Cafe
Pee Wee Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, March 19, 2008
4. Pee Wee Saloon Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,166 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee.   3. submitted on August 2, 2009, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.   4. submitted on July 19, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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