For many Memphians of a certain age, August 16, 1977 was really “The Day the Music Died.” Elvis Aaron Presley died at his mansion, Graceland.
A native of Tupelo, Elvis moved to Memphis as a teenager. After high school, he walked into Sun Studios to make a record for his mother, Gladys.
Sam Phillips heard him and realized that he had found a white singer with a black feel. Hits like “That's All Right Mama” and “Hound Dog” left the music world all shook up. And it's still shaking.
Memphis has long been a center of medical care and training in the Mid-South.
On July 14, 1938, photographer Marion Post Wolcott was offered a job with the Farm Securities Administration.
The Gayoso House, the first luxury hotel in Memphis, was built in 1842, when the city was barely twenty years old.
June 25, 1945 was Captain Luke Weathers Day.