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Where Beale Street meets B.B. King Boulevard...

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BEALE STREET in Memphis is the home of the blues. This lively street used to be the meeting place for the black people of the south to party, live and spend money, sometimes also a last stop before they headed north, leaving the cotton fields behind for the factories and opportunities up north.

These days Beale Street is party central and one of the biggest tourist attractions of the south. The other party street is Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Both are great for going out, but not if you're travelling with a minor. For us Belgians, being used to a more relaxed attitude on this (i.e. more parent responsabilty, we say), that was a bit of a letdown.

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B.B. KING is a Mississippi native and one of the greatest legends ever of the blues. One of the main streets in downtown Memphis is named in his honour. Rightly so, a grand musician and a wonderful gentleman he was. "3 O'Clock Blues" was one of his first recordings, his best known songs probably are "The Thrill is Gone" and "Ain't Nobody Home". "How Blue Can You Get?" and "Nobdy Loves Me but my Mother" are some other favourites.

"Nobody loves me but my mother
...and she might be jivin' too."

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And then there's Coca-Cola, another export product from America's Deep South.

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song title reference: B.B. King

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2805 W: 35 N: 5699] (30378)
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