Memphis, Tenn.

‘Take Me Back to Beale’

Memphis in the mid-1850s
Memphis in the mid-1850s Wikimedia Commons

My passion for Memphis and its rich historical heritage, led me to write, produce, and direct a docu-drama, "Take Me Back to Beale", the 100 year story of Beale Street (Memphis, Tn), birthplace of the blues, which I hope will one day show in the Smithsonian Institute. In "Take Me Back to Beale", the statue of W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues", comes to life to escort a reluctant, petrified construction worker back in time to the Beale Street of old, where he visits blues, gospel, and jazz celebrities, as well as ordinary people who brought fame to Beale Street. "Take Me Back to Beale" accurately depicts this legendary street; which, through Bessie Smith, Ma' Rainey, Memphis Minnie, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Elvis Presley, and many others, gave birth to the Blues in Memphis, TN. When "Take Me Back to Beale" showed at the Muvico Theater in our town of Memphis, Tn., folks from all around came to see it, for which it garnered awards for "greatest audience attendance" in a film festival. Beale Street is still alive and well, attracting celebrities from all over the world coming forth to sing the Blues and, through our film, "Take Me Back to Beale" ; it will forever be captured in time.

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