Sputnik Monroe

Mid-South News
10:07 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Sputnik Monroe Wrestler… And Troubadour

Sputnik Monroe in the wrestling ring.
Credit Courtesy Natalie Bell.

When people think of wrestler Sputnik Monroe’s records, they think of his stance against segregation and his wrestling titles. They don’t think of the songs he recorded on vinyl, his literal record. But the man who in the late 1950s desegregated Memphis’ 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.

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