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Pee Wee Saloon

317 Beale Street, Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 8' 21.9156", -90° 3' 2.1204"
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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.”
Note: This plaque replaced the Memphis Sesquicentennial Plaque for Birth Of The
Birth Of The Blues
Here on the cigar counter of Pee Wee's Saloon in 1909, W.C. Handy wrote what was
probably the first blues to be published, the song “Mr. Crump,” later immortalized as “The Memphis Blues.”

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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