July 26-August 1, 2013: This week in Memphis history

Saturday, July 27, 2013, Vol. 6, No. 31

2009: Willie Herenton’s resignation as mayor took effect and Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery became mayor.

1993: Plans to demolish the Hickman Building at 248 Madison Ave. were delayed by Harry Grossman, the Florida owner of the building. The ninth-floor penthouse portion of the building had been heavily damaged in an April fire.

1973:On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis City Council member Andy Alissandratos suggested eight buildings in the 100 and 300 blocks of Beale Street be saved and restored as the council talked of continuing efforts to bring back the three-block area as an entertainment district, possibly with federal funding. Up to that point, the property had been part of urban renewal land turned over to the Memphis Housing Authority for demolition.

1954: Elvis Presley at the Overton Park Shell opening for Slim Whitman. Presley’s appearance (July 30) at the Shell came weeks after the singer recorded his first hit “That’s All Right, Mama,” an Arthur Crudup blues tune, at Sun Records. The record got its first spin shortly after that on Dewey Phillips’ radio program on WHBQ creating a sensation that led to the Shell booking with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, the two musicians who backed Presley on the recording. The song was recorded almost a year after the day in 1953 when Presley first walked into the recording studio to record a pair of songs for his mother.