Part crooner, part blues howler, the great Bobby â€śBlueâ€ť Bland had a voice that influenced the entire genre of soul music. â€śThe Lion of the Bluesâ€ť died at his home in Germantown on June 23, 2013. He was 83.
His memorial service was held at First Baptist Church â€“ Broad on Thursday, June 27. The funeral procession, en route to Memorial Park Cemetery, made a detour down Beale Street, where Blandâ€™s storied career began.
A group of musicians joined in playing â€śWhen the Saints Go Marching Inâ€ť as the coffin and a string of Limousines passed the onlookers.
When people think of wrestler Sputnik Monroeâ€™s records, they think of his stance against segregation and his wrestling titles. They donâ€™t think of the songs he recorded on vinyl, hisÂ literalÂ record. But the man who in the lateÂ 1950sÂ desegregated Memphisâ€™ main wrestling auditorium, one of the first things to be desegregated in the city, was also a trailblazer of another sort. In 1959, Monroe became one of the first wrestlers to ever cut a record.
If you think youâ€™ve been at your job for a long time, think again.
Stan Bronson Jr. has been the bat boy for the baseball team at the University of Memphis for more than half a century. He holds the â€śmost durable bat boyâ€ť title in the Guinness Book of World Records, has a retired jersey on the outfield wall, and is a beloved icon to generations of students and Tigers fans.
To acknowledge Bronsonâ€™s years of service, at the end of the seventh inning of each home game, Bronson stands on home plate, tips his hat and takes a bow.
The idea of gas station sushi might conjure images of raw fish sitting out for hours, and rice that has turned crispy and hard. The thought is so shudder-inducing, the insurance company, Esurance, made a commercial comparing raw fish bought by the pump to sketchy auto insurance. â€śWe all make bad decisions,â€ť the voiceover for that commercial goes, â€ślike, say, gas station sushi. Cheap is good, and sushi good, but cheap sushiâ€”not so good.â€ť