VOL. 6 | NO. 50 | Saturday, December 7, 2013
December 6-December 12: This week in Memphis history
1983: Memphis State University football coach Rex Dockery, offensive coordinator Chris Faros and Tiger defensive back Charles Greenhill, and pilot and Highland Hundred member Glenn Jones were killed in a plane crash as they traveled to Lawrenceburg, Tenn., for a football banquet.
1982: Judas Priest at Mid-South Coliseum. Years later, the show turned up on DVD in a Judas Priest box set and is now available as a standalone DVD, “Judas Priest – Live Vengeance ’82.”
1967: Otis Redding’s final recording session at Stax before going out on tour with his new band the Bar-Kays. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music includes outtakes from the session as well as an earlier session where he recorded “Dock of the Bay.” As visitors walk through a recreation of the studio they can hear Redding making several attempts at whistling toward the end of the song and mimicking seagulls.
1941: Memphis police closed Japanese-owned businesses, including Kuni Wada Bakery on Madison Avenue near Cleveland, as part of the national reaction to the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese military. The owners of the business, the Kawaii and Nakajima families, were arrested. The property was seized by the Federal Reserve Bank. A plaque marks the location of the bakery near a power transformer on what is otherwise now a parking lot. It is a 2008 public art installation by the artist Sanjit Sethi that included a box, which, for a short time, emitted the scent of baking bread in the area.